Here's a look at what's new, including improved functionality for Docker, mobile development with Xamarin, unit testing, Visual Studio for Mac, security, VS Tools for Azure Functions and much more.
In the wake of a former Visual Studio dev lead's departure for Google's Flutter team, here's a look at some published comparisons of the young Flutter project with the more established Xamarin offering that comes with Visual Studio.
Visual Studio developers who want to program in non-native languages can now write their own extensions to do so with new support (in preview) for the Language Server Protocol, catching up to existing VS Code functionality.
Microsoft's Visual Studio Code team ships new releases monthly, but new features are also continually being provided via other means, such as extensions. Here's a look at some brand-new functionality just announced this week.
While the open source Visual Studio Code editor has featured artificial intelligence tooling for a while now, the Visual Studio IDE is catching up, recently getting its own AI extension.
Microsoft cautions that not all projects are good candidates for moving off .NET Framework to .NET Core, which is optimized for building highly scalable Web applications running on Windows, macOS or Linux.
With the help of volunteer coders, Microsoft shipped UWP Community Toolkit 2.1, adding features that more closely align the open source app-building kit with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK.
After a public preview, Microsoft has renamed and officially launched its "mission control" service for mobile apps, now called Visual Studio App Center.
Microsoft's F# functional programming language now lets Visual Studio coders target .NET Core and .NET Standard projects.
Tim Sneath, a former principal lead program manager for Visual Studio and 17-year Microsoft veteran, has joined Google to work on that company's Flutter mobile app development framework, leaving behind a few parting shots about Microsoft's missteps in the client space.
At last week's Connect conference, Microsoft introduced Visual Studio Live Share to allow dev teams to interactively collaborate via sharing code for editing/debugging, troubleshooting, iteration or optimizing apps -- among a host of other preview tools.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Microsoft shared some lessons learned at this week's Live! 360 conference in Orlando, detailing how the Visual Studio Team Services/Team Foundation Server group eats its own DevOps dog food.
- By Scott Bekker
Realm has boosted the Microsoft stack capabilities of its mobile development platform, catering to C# coders and .NET developers, who constitute the platform's fastest growing segment of users.
While coding cutting-edge tech in Visual Studio is cool, it's not enough in today's environment of communication, collaboration, agile methodologies, DevOps and so on, said experts in a panel discussion at the Live! 360 conference in Orlando.
Microsoft updated the open source Java debugger for Visual Studio Code, adding support for Java 9 among other improvements.
Visual Studio Code development is marching on to its steady monthly release cadence, knocking off user feature requests one by one, with multi-root workspaces topping the new v1.18 iteration.
The Visual Studio Code team hired the developer of the code editor's most popular Python extension, took over the project as its own and is hiring more Python coders to improve it.
Microsoft is now providing a one-stop-shop for Visual Studio extensions -- both for publishers and consuming developers.
Two cloud development services -- Azure Functions and Azure App Service -- are now available on Azure Stack, which brings cloud functionality to on-premises, hybrid implementations.