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Better Debugging Highlights Microsoft's Node-ChakraCore Branch of Node.js

Microsoft continues to update its Node-ChakraCore project, which started out to expand the reach of Node.js with an open source branch and then changed direction to improve Node.js functionality such as debugging, its No. 1 pain point.

Windows Template Studio for UWP Apps Updated

Microsoft is continuing to improve its new Windows Template Studio, a wizard-based extension for Visual Studio designed to speed up the development of Universal Windows Platform apps.

CodePush Now Part of Visual Studio Mobile Center

Microsoft announced its Visual Studio Mobile Center -- a back-end "mission control for mobile apps" -- now supports CodePush updates of JavaScript-based apps.

Survey: Devs Love Visual Studio Tooling, but Not for UWP Apps

Developers surveyed by Ionic really love Visual Studio Code and like Visual Studio proper, but they're using those tools to mostly target non-Windows platforms.

Windows Subsystem for Linux Is Beta No More

With the fall release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, developers will be able to get full support for WSL, now that it's no longer labeled a beta service.

Imagine Cup Finals Crowns Winning Student Developer Teams for 2017

It's a sweet win for X.Glu, this year's top team of student developers from the Czech Republic with a glucose meter that extends to the Azure cloud via an app built with Visual Studio and Xamarin.

Quality Is Job 1 for Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio Code

An update to this VS Code extension allows for locally running and debugging code prior to pushing code to production Azure services.

Delivery Plans, Search Enhancements Come To Team Foundation Services 2017 Update 2

Update 2 is now out, and with enhancements to Delivery Plans and a more simplified Work Item search capability comes more pull request and git improvements, and a new build definition editor.

Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 120 Goes with the Flow

A new Release Definition Editor is in preview in this sprint, as well as a number of pull requests, including a good handful of Task group feature improvements.

SQL Server 2017 Inches Toward General Availability

The venerable relational database management system is now feature-complete, with support for Linux and containers running on Linux and Mac OS X, and it's available as a release candidate this week.

.NET Core Support Now Part of Key AWS Coding Services

Developers working in the Amazon Web Services realm who have requested .NET Core support in some of the AWS coding tools got their wishes granted.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Now Supports Only Visual Studio 2017

A new build released this week will only "formally" support Visual Studio 2017, and even then, there are issues -- it's a preview, remember? Also, an updated UWP Community Toolkit 1.5 add and updates a handful of controls and services.

New Features to Test Out in Visual Studio Code 1.14

Developers who prefer VSC will find a slew of new change in the June release, including some enhancements that will make working with the Integrated Terminal more flexible. There are also a few changes to how VSC handles tasks.

Visual Studio 2017 15.3, .NET Core 2.0 Trio Previews Now Out

It's the third preview for VS 2017 15.3, which sports mostly fit-and-finish improvements of many user-reported issues, and second preview for the .NET/ASP.NET/Entity Framework Core 2.0 trio.

TypeScript 2.4 Now GA

Dynamic import expressions, enhanced string enums, and improved generics checking are just a few of the features of this point release of the JavaScript superset.

Open Source at the Heart of Microsoft's Intelligent Cloud Development Efforts

At the company's Azure OpenDev online presentation, Microsoft and its open source partners showcased a number of tools and resources meant to provide developers a leg up on developing for the "intelligent cloud & an intelligent edge."

AI Gets Smarter with Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit 2.0

Microsoft's second release of its open source deep learning framework earlier this month adds support for Java bindings, Spark, and Keras.

Infragistics Ultimate UI Suite Adds Xamarin Support

Updated: Infragistics' UI controls suite comes with Xamarin-tuned controls via a Xamarin Productivity Pack full of templates, code snippets, pre-built configuration files, and more.

A Ton of Changes in TFS 2017 Update 2 RC1

That's not to say that the second release candidate for the most recent Team Foundation Services 2017 Update 2 weighs a ton, but the changes across the feature set have some weight to them: the introduction of delivery plans, and a bevy of work item tracking, pull request, build and release, and version control improvements.

A Recharged Visual Studio Code 1.13 (and What's With 1.11 and 1.12?)

There have been some significant changes to Visual Studio Code from March to now; with the May 2017 Build, specific settings that were in preview -- editor drag and drop, minimaps, to name a few -- are now enabled by default.

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