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Entity Framework Core 3.0 Finalized, LINQ Workarounds Published

As with other "Core 3.0" products, Entity Framework is basically done at this point as the big final release is less than two weeks away, and Microsoft has provided some workarounds for the problematic LINQ implementation in the new and final preview.

Visual Studio 2019 for Mac 8.3 'In the Endgame'

With the big .NET Core 3.0 milestone coming up in two weeks, Microsoft is finishing off its tooling updates, including the recently announced Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.3 Preview 3.

Google Developer Rips 'Painful' TypeScript 3.5 Upgrade

A GitHub issue titled "Google feedback on TypeScript 3.5" rips the "painful" release for causing more than the usual amount of upgrade problems across Google's repository of billions of lines of code.

Visual Studio Code 1.38 (August 2019) Ships

The August 2019 update (version 1.38) to Visual Studio Code, Microsoft's open source, cross-platform code editor, is available, featuring many enhancements.

Visual Studio 2019 16.3 Preview 3 Focuses on F#, Features Experimental Terminal

You have to manually enable it, but an early look at a new Terminal is available in the third preview of Visual Studio 2019 16.3, along with many F# enhancements, IntelliCode improvements and much more.

Last .NET Core 3.0 Preview Ships 3 Weeks Ahead of Final Release

Microsoft has shipped its last preview of the long-awaited .NET Core 3.0, which will launch in GA later this month during the Sept. 23-25 .NET Conf online event.

What's New for ASP.NET Core and Blazor in Final Preview of .NET Core 3.0

Improved gRPC functionality is just one many new improvements in the ASP.NET Core component of .NET Core 3.0 Preview 9, the last step before the entire .NET Core 3.0 platform hits general availability in about three weeks.

Community Developer Provides New TypeScript 3.6 Playground

Microsoft has shipped TypeScript 3.6, with a new "playground" stemming from an independent open source developer serving as an example of community collaboration improving world-class software.

Xamarin.Forms 4.2 Boosts Shell, But Devs Clamor for UWP Support

Microsoft just shipped Xamarin.Forms 4.2 with enhanced Shell functionality to provide basic features required in iOS and Android apps, but many mobile developers are clamoring for Shell to support Universal Windows Platform development.

Low-Code Web Template Studio 2.0 Ships for VS Code Full-Stack Web Apps

Microsoft shipped Web Template Studio 2.0, a wizard-driven Visual Studio Code extension for quickly creating a foundation for a full-stack Web app.

Azure Functions Now Supports Python

Azure Functions, Microsoft's take on cloud-hosted, serverless, event-driven computing, now officially supports the Python programming language.

Q&A on Container Development in Visual Studio 2019: Debugging Pains, Tips, Tools and More

Container development provides many benefits, such as platform independence and portability, improved productivity, greater efficiency and so on. However, consultant/trainer Benjamin Day says the "dirty little secret" about container development is that it can be a <i>huge</i> pain.

Visual Studio Gets 'Developer PowerShell' Prompt

With Visual Studio 2019 16.2, the Tools menu now includes items for "Developer Command Prompt" and "Developer PowerShell," the latter of which was requested by more than 1,800 developers in an informal poll last year.

Windows Patch Tuesday Update Borks Visual Basic Apps for Days

An automatic update among last week's Patch Tuesday security fixes ended up wreaking havoc with existing applications sporting Visual Basic code, borking them for days until an optional update to fix the problem was published.

Q&A with AI Developer Henk Boelman: Hands-On with Microsoft's New AI and IoT Technologies

We caught up with Henk Boelman, Microsoft AI MVP and Cloud AI Architect, to learn more about what's exciting in AI, his favorite features in Microsoft Cognitive Services and Windows IoT and the latest updates on his upcoming day-long hands-on lab for Live! 360, "Build Your Own A.I. Powered Robot."

Visual Studio Closeup: Better Search, Python, C++, Game Development, More

Even though Python is becoming increasingly tied to the popular Visual Studio Code editor, Microsoft has been busy infusing its flagship Visual Studio IDE with better Python functionality and a host of other improvements touching upon search, C++ and more.

.NET Core 3.0 Preview 8 Ships as General Availability Approaches

Microsoft shipped .NET Core 3.0 Preview 8 ahead of next month's expected general availability release furthering the company's new direction for the cross-platform, open source .NET ecosystem.

Previews Released for Entity Framework Core 3.0 and Entity Framework 6.3

Microsoft has shipped the eighth previews for Entity Framework Core 3.0 and Entity Framework 6.3, with the dev team continuing its efforts to revamp problematic LINQ functionality.

Visual Studio 2019 v16.3 Preview 2 Puts XAML Hot Reload in Public Preview

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3 Preview 2 graduates the XAML Hot Reload feature for Xamarin.Forms from private preview to public preview, letting all .NET mobile developers try it out.

GitHub Actions for Automated Workflows Now Supports CI/CD

Microsoft has boosted the functionality of its GitHub Actions, automated workflows for the sprawling open source code repository and development platform it acquired in 2018.

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