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Microsoft Updates Java Debugger for VS Code

Microsoft updated the open source Java debugger for Visual Studio Code, adding support for Java 9 among other improvements.

VS Code Finally Gets Multi-Root Workspaces

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.

VS Code Goes All In on Python

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 Combines Visual Studio Extension Publishing, Management

Microsoft is now providing a one-stop-shop for Visual Studio extensions -- both for publishers and consuming developers.

Azure Functions, App Service Go On-Premises

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.

Roslyn Analyzer IDs Problem .NET Core, .NET Standard APIs

Microsoft launched a Roslyn-based analyzer that works in Visual Studio to flag problematic .NET Core and .NET Standard APIs that might be deprecated or incompatible with certain platforms.

OutSystems Low-Code DevOps Tooling Ties In to Visual Studio

Low-code development specialist OutSystems is further courting the enterprise by adding new DevOps features to its platform, along with Visual Studio Team Services integration to put them to work.

Xamarin Leverages New iOS 11 Functionality

The Xamarin team at Microsoft has been updating its cross-platform development software to accommodate the new functionality in Apple's iOS 11, publishing guidance along the way.

Edge Browser Switches WebAssembly to 'On'

For the first time, the Microsoft Edge Web browser provides default support for WebAssembly, the experimental technology that lets developers write Web code in non-JavaScript languages like C, C++ and even -- with a little work -- .NET languages like C#.

AI-Based Automatic Tuning Is New Default for Azure SQL Database

Automatic tuning assisted by artificial intelligence will be enabled by default for the Azure SQL Database service starting early next year.

Electron.NET Uses ASP.NET Core 2.0 for Cross-Platform Desktop Apps

Two Microsoft MVPs have collaborated on a project called Electron.NET that uses the open source ASP.NET Core 2.0 framework to create cross-platform desktop apps running on Windows, OSX and Linux.

Visual Studio Team Services in UI/UX Revamp

The latest development sprint for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is short on new features but does tease a major revamp of the UI to improve the user experience.

Microsoft Quickens C# Release Cadence, Unveils v7.1

Here are the new features being introduced with C# 7.1, the first "point" release in the programming language's accelerated release cadence.

What's Coming for Visual Studio Code

Microsoft published the roadmap for Visual Studio Code, giving developers a glimpse into upcoming features for the popular, open source, lightweight code editor.

Microsoft Updates R Distro for Big Data Analytics

Microsoft R Open, the company's enhanced, open source distribution of the R programming language especially suited for Big Data statistical analysis and data science, has been upgraded.

XAML Controls Gallery Teaches Fluent Design for Windows 10 UWP Apps

Microsoft is showing off its Fluent Design System across apps built for all Windows 10-based devices with the new XAML Controls Gallery that provides interactive samples built with the XML-based markup language.

Visual Studio Mobile Center Adds React Native Code Signing

In another Microsoft embrace of competitive technologies, the Visual Studio Mobile Center -- serving as "mission control" for mobile apps -- now supports code signing of React Native apps via its new CodePush functionality.

Microsoft Updates Entity Framework, Even as EF Core Ascends

Microsoft shipped a new release of the nine-year-old Entity Framework object/relational mapper (O/RM) runtime even as it cedes mindshare to the newer, lightweight, open source and cross-platform version, Entity Framework Core.

New Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Preview Boosts C++ Functionality

Microsoft this week issued its second preview of Visual Studio 2017 15.5, with several new features introduced to improve C++ development in particular.

Java Debugger for VS Code Goes Open Source

Less than a month after Microsoft released a Visual Studio Code extension to provide Java debugging, the company announced it was such a big hit that it's been improved and open sourced, as promised.

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