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UWP Community Toolkit 2.0 Released, for Aiding Windows 10 App Development

Microsoft released version 2.0 of the UWP Community Toolkit, a package of helper functions, controls and services for simplifying common tasks involved in coding Universal Windows Apps for Windows 10.

Clippy the Office Assistant Reborn as Visual Studio Extension

Developer Eros Fratini has resurrected Clippy, the infamous cartoon paperclip that served as an assistant for users of the Office productivity software suite many years ago.

Angular Q&A: Components, Getting-Started Tips (and that 'Total Rewrite' Thing)

Noted database expert and author Ted Neward discusses his favorite features of Angular and explains how to get started with the popular platform for building Web, mobile Web, mobile native and desktop apps.

New Visual Studio Code Icons Unveiled

Risking the wrath of recalcitrant developers, Microsoft is changing the icon scheme for its Visual Studio Code editor.

Xamarin Offers New Mobile Professional Certification

Microsoft's Xamarin unit announced a new certification program for mobile professionals, offering a badge below the level of its existing cert.

JetBrains Upgrades ReSharper Ultimate Tools, Adds .NET Core 2.0 Support

JetBrains is out with the year's second upgrade to its ReSharper Ultimate suite of tools for enhancing .NET development, featuring the popular ReSharper offering for code refactoring.

VS 2017 15.4 Preview: Code Windows Fall Creator UWP Apps with .NET Standard 2.0

Support for the new .NET Standard 2.0 spec continues to spread into the Microsoft ecosystem, as a new Visual Studio preview enables the development of Universal Windows Platform apps for the upcoming Windows Fall Creators Update, leveraging the spec's APIs.

Xamarin Q&A: Cross-Platform Is the New Platform

Once again, Mr. Xamarin comes to Visual Studio Live! to discuss cross-platform development.

Developer Seeks to Bring Visual Studio IDE Code Search up to Level of VSTS, TFS

"If you've ever used VSTS/TFS Code Search, you've probably loved it, it felt like this was the way code searching should be. Then you did a code search in Visual Studio, and were reminded of the painful past...."

Container Pact Strengthens Open Source Dev Ties of Red Hat, Microsoft

Just after declaring the company will support Microsoft's new .NET Core 2.0 across its open source portfolio, Red Hat further strengthened the open source development ties between the companies in a bevy of announcements, including a new container pact.

New Extension Supports PHP Development in Visual Studio 2017

A new Visual Studio Tools Marketplace extension provides PHP support for coders working in Visual Studio 2017, with IntelliSense, code completion, a function parameter assistant and other functionality, including visual debugging and an integrated PHP manual.

Syncfusion Updates Components for Xamarin, ASP.NET Core, More

Syncfusion, which has been serving up prebuilt controls and components for Microsoft-centric development tools for some 16 years, released new goodies for Xamarin, ASP.NET Core., Universal Windows Platform, JavaScript and more in a new release.

New Tools Boost Serverless Computing in Visual Studio, Azure Cloud

Microsoft moves Azure Functions tools for Visual Studio out of preview and announced Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service.

Developers Pit .NET Core 2.0 Performance Against Java, Go

It didn't take long for developers to start putting Microsoft's new .NET Core. 2.0 release through its paces in benchmark tests against alternatives.

Red Hat Dev Tools To Support .NET Core 2.0

Red Hat today announced its product portfolio -- including developer tools -- will support the new .NET Core. 2.0 standard released last week by Microsoft.

NuGet Adds Support for .NET Core 2.0, .NET Standard 2.0

Update supports .NET Core 2.0/.NET Standard 2.0 scenarios, adds new features and fixes some bugs.

AWS Cloud Offers Open Source Visual Studio Team Services Tools

It provides "tasks for Amazon S3, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Lambda and AWS CloudFormation and more," company says.

Using AI for Real Intelligence

Going beyond otherworldly hype, AI is being put to use in real-world applications to boost what humans already do well and help us more easily make connections.

Keeping the Dev Door Open

After numerous attempts, Microsoft has at last achieved success in kicking the door open and keeping it open on its dev tools.

Visual Studio Leads IDE Popularity List, IntelliJ Climbing Fast

Microsoft's Visual Studio overtook Eclipse to reign supreme atop the IDE popularity list maintained by the PYPL Index, but the IntelliJ offering is showing signs of catching up with impressive growth. Visual Studio Code is also coming on strong.

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