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Puppet Previews VS Code Extension

There's now a Visual Studio Code extension -- in technical preview -- for Puppet, the software configuration management tool that automates the delivery and operation of applications and facilitates enterprise DevOps practices.

VS Code Tools for AI Further Microsoft's Deep Learning Efforts

Much of the Microsoft Ignite conference news last week focused on the company's artificial intelligence and deep learning efforts, including the new Visual Studio Code Tools for AI.

Xamarin.Forms 2.4.0 Released with .NET Standard 2.0 Support

With help from more than 20 open source community developers, a stable release of Xamarin.Forms 2.4.0 is out, introducing several new features and supporting .NET Standard 2.0 for consistent API usage.

VS Code Gets Java Debugger

Visual Studio Code is getting more Java programming functionality in a new extension from Microsoft -- in collaboration with Red Hat -- that adds debugging capabilities.

Microsoft Joins Open Source Initiative

Microsoft, continuing a years-long transformation into a more open company, has joined the Open Source Initiative as a premium sponsor.

Can't Wait for JNBridge's Java.VS? Program Java in VS Code Now with Red Hat Tool

JNBridge recently announced the upcoming Java.VS, which will allow Java programming within Visual Studio. But for those who can't wait, there's already a free tool available from open source champion Red Hat for the IDE's little cousin, the Visual Studio Code editor.

GitHub for Visual Studio Adds Pull Request Comments from IDE

GitHub for Visual Studio 2.3 is out, featuring a new ability to comment on pull requests made from the popular open source code repository.

Coming to Visual Studio: Quantum Computing

One of the notable announcements at Microsoft's Ignite conference was the news that the company is making a big play in futuristic quantum computing, and those efforts will be tied into the Visual Studio IDE.

SQL Server 2017 Debut Highlights Ignite Conference

SQL Server 2017 will officially hit general availability on Oct. 2, Microsoft announced today at its Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla.

WPF Images Suddenly Blacked Out? Here's the Fix for Update Glitch

Have images in your Windows Presentation Foundation application suddenly gone black? The problem was likely caused by a recent update glitch, and Microsoft has published a workaround.

CMake Gets Boost in Latest Visual Studio 2017 Preview

The new Visual Studio 2017 15.4 Preview 2 includes a boost to the CMake software build management tool, which now lets developers target Linux directly.

GrapeCity Offers Spreadsheet Server API Across .NET Platforms

GrapeCity Developer Solutions enhanced its portfolio of .NET developer components with a new spreadsheet server API for creating and working with Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheets.

JNBridge Offers Java Coding in Visual Studio

Java/.NET bridging specialist is soliciting developers to try out its upcoming Java.VS extension, which enables Java programming within Microsoft's flagship IDE.

How Microsoft Graph Provides an 'Internet of Your Things'

It can't help with your teen's geometry homework, but it can make your life as a developer in the Microsoft ecosystem much easier, said Microsoft exec Mark Stafford, who explained just how that works in today's Visual Studio Live! keynote address in Chicago.

The Evolving Role of the Developer

Jay Schmelzer, director of Program Management for the Visual Studio Team at Microsoft, described the new face of application development in today's keynote presentation at the Visual Studio Live! conference in Chicago, titled "Modern Application Development with Visual Studio, .NET and Azure."

Microsoft Addresses Angst About Visual Studio XAML Designer with Update

Microsoft admitted that while it added many new features to the Visual Studio XAML Designer over the years, the tool lost some of its allure among developers, who spoke up about dragging performance and asked for improvements -- which are now here.

Telerik Targets Mobile Biz Apps with New Xamarin Theme, DataGrid

The new Telerik R3 2017 release from Progress aims to beef up line-of-business mobile apps with a new Telerik UI theme for its Xamarin offering, along with a preview of a DataGrid component.

Visual Studio 'Eclipsed' as Top IDE in Popularity Ranking

Visual Studio lost its position atop the IDE rankings compiled by the PYPL Index -- based on Google Trends search data -- ceding No. 1 honors to the open source Eclipse.

Are GitHub and Facebook Challenging Visual Studio?

Microsoft may not have much to worry about yet, but there's a new IDE in town, open source and backed by a couple of heavy hitters in the coding industry.

Visual Basic Support Coming to Open Source Windows Template Studio

In announcing Windows Template Studio 1.3, Microsoft hinted that work has begun to support Visual Basic programming in the wizard-driven dev tool for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.

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