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Python Tool for Visual Studio Code Gets Leaner, Faster

The popular Python extension for Visual Studio Code is out in a November update that sees it getting smaller, downloading faster, installing quicker and starting up sooner.

Visual Studio Code Gears Up for Blazor

Microsoft is preparing its open source Visual Studio Code editor to support Blazor, the company's experimental technology for using languages such as C# for Web programming.

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac 7.7 Released

The newly shipped Visual Studio 2017 for Mac 7.7 features improved IntelliSense and supports newer versions of .NET Core 2.2 and Azure Functions, among other improvements.

What's New in Windows Template Studio 2.5

Microsoft has shipped Windows Template Studio 2.5, adding new functionality and fixing bugs in the wizard-driven tool for quickly creating Universal Windows Platform apps.

Microsoft Ships Final Minor Update to Visual Studio 2017

Microsoft, already busy with the upcoming Visual Studio 2019, has shipped the final minor update to Visual Studio 2017, improving debugging, UWP development and more.

First Release Candidate for Azure DevOps Server 2019 Now Available

Microsoft shipped the first release candidate of Azure DevOps Server 2019, the self-hosted, on-premises version of the company's DevOps solution that used to be known as Team Foundation Server.

What's New in TypeScript 3.2 Release Candidate

Microsoft shipped the release candidate of TypeScript 3.2, its open source take on the JavaScript programming language that allows for optional static typing, among other features.

Blazor Marches on, Now at 0.7.0

Microsoft's experimental Blazor project to run .NET code such as C# in the browser -- heretofore mostly a province of JavaScript -- is out in version 0.7.0 with improved debugging and more.

Let the Debate Commence: New Visual Studio Icon Revealed

Despite a lot of support, many developers immediately took issue with the icon change, with comments such as: "I hate to say it but this is ridiculous. This smells of tinkering with the UI just for the sake of it."

Java Gets AI-Assisted IntelliCode in Visual Studio Code Editor

Java developers using the Visual Studio Code editor can now enjoy the same AI-assisted IntelliCode functionality previously available only to Python coders.

Developers Request, and Get, Database Project for SQL Data Warehouse in Visual Studio

Promising that developers can "save weeks of development effort," Microsoft today answered their request for database project support in Visual Studio to target Azure SQL Data Warehouse projects.

.NET Standard 2.1 Announced with 3,000 New APIs

Microsoft just announced .NET Standard 2.1, its first update in more than a year as it plays catch-up with the .NET Core implementation, which is about to hit v2.2.

Windows Community Toolkit 5.0 Shouts Out to WinForms, WPF

Windows Community Toolkit 5.0 includes new functionality for using UWP controls in Windows Forms and WPF desktop applications, introduces a new TabView control, boosts social media platform support and more.

New VS Code Extension: 'One-Stop Shop for Data Scientists'

A Visual Studio Code extension developed by a student is receiving a lot of buzz for its intention to serve as a "one-stop shop for data scientists."

Roadmap Updated for Azure DevOps (Formerly VSTS)

Microsoft has provided a peek at upcoming features for Azure DevOps, the evolution of Visual Studio Team Services, which is being brought to the cloud in the wake of the company's acquisition of GitHub.

ASP.NET Core Ditching .NET Framework, Will Be 'Part of .NET Core' Going Forward

Microsoft said that going forward, ASP.NET Core will only run on the NET Core 3.0 platform, not the traditional 16-year-old .NET Framework.

What's New in Azure Data Studio (Formerly SQL Operations Studio)

The October release of Azure Data Studio includes preview support for SQL Server 2019 and more.

What's the Only Major Visual Studio Extension with a Perfect Rating?

.NET developers have long availed themselves of a wealth of functionality -- mostly free -- from the Visual Studio Marketplace, but only one major offering has earned a perfect 5.0 rating above a certain threshold of developer reviews.

In .NET Updates, Traditional Framework Takes Back Seat to Core

Microsoft's shift from the traditional 16-year-old .NET Framework to modernized, open source and cross-platform "Core" implementations is picking up in pace.

Xamarin.Forms Updates Buttons, Images, Labels, More

The latest update to Xamarin.Forms -- Microsoft's C#-based, open source cross-platform mobile app dev solution -- addresses the "little things" such as buttons, images labels and more.

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