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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.

Azure Cosmos DB Is Out of This World

Microsoft dubs it the "first globally distributed, multi-model database service delivering turnkey global distribution with guaranteed uptime and millisecond latency at the 99th percentile." Also announced: Azure DB for MySQL and PostGreSQL previews.

Entity Framework 6.2 Emerges Out of Preview

This more fully-fledged version of Microsoft's object relational/mapper is now at the initial beta testing stage, with quicker startups and a number of fixes from the preview, but there's also more work to do to resolve some issues that can impact EF providers. Also: a list of new features of the EF Core 2.0 preview released at Build.

Azure Database Migration Service in Limited Preview

With previews announced at Microsoft's Build Conference, the database migration service will allow developers to migrate on-premises databases to the cloud without so much as a hiccup.

Microsoft Build 2017: Evolving the Mobile-First, Cloud-First Message

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella provided the framework of Microsoft's developer tooling and services so far and a nicely detailed glimpse into future direction. Then EVP Scott Guthrie detailed the vast number of new and upcoming offerings as a preview to the sessions taking place the rest of the week.

NativeScript 3.0 Updated

NativeScript has undergone a major revision, with version 3.0 sporting improvements in cross-platform module implementations, command-line interface, and runtimes.

TFS 2017's Team Explorer Solution Has Issues, It Seems

A Team Explorer-like solution that was excluded from TFS 2017 when Visual Studio 2017 launched is now available, but there are still issues with quality. Plus, Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 4 is now generally available.

SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0 Now Available

The RDBMS formerly known as SQL Server vNext is now out as SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0.

Visual Studio 2017 Preview 15.2 Loads Up on Workloads

Among the highlights in this early and raw preview include additional workloads for data science, Python, and gaming, and a slew of fixes that correct one particularly vexing installation issue and errors that have cropped up in Team Explorer.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds in More Linux Support

There's no rest for Windows developers, as one of the more interesting parts of the next Windows 10 release that's accessible by insiders, Build 16176 for PC, is improved support for Windows Subsystem for Linux.

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