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COVID-19 Delays Unifying .NET 5 Features

.NET 5 will still ship this November, but it won't have all the unifying "just one .NET going forward" functionality that Microsoft originally planned because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Show Highlights DevExpress Desktop Controls

The Visual Studio Toolbox show on Microsoft's Channel 9 video site this week took a look at desktop components from third-party vendor DevExpress.

VS Code Python Update Tweaks Interpreter Path Functionality

The May 2020 update of Visual Studio Code's Python extension -- by far the most popular tool in the marketplace -- is mostly routine with a lot of fixes and minor tweaks, though developers showed interest in changes to interpreter path functionality.

New for VS Code: MongoDB, Kite AI-Powered JavaScript Completions

This week sees several significant additions to the Visual Studio Code ecosystem: an update to the Python extension; the popular open source MongoDB database; and AI-powered JavaScript code completions from Kite.

TypeScript 3.9 Ships with Faster Compile Times

Microsoft shipped TypeScript 3.9, quickening the compile times for the increasingly popular programming language used to write software ranging from Angular and Vue to Visual Studio Code.

New 'Source Generators' Stir Up the C# Crowd

Who knew there were so many C# library authors out there? New C# Source Generators unveiled in preview by the .NET and Languages dev team immediately garnered a lot of interest in the .NET dev camp, with more than 100 comments tacked on to an introductory post.

C++ Videos from Microsoft Online Conference Now Available for All

One nice thing about the increasing number of online developer events is that the goodies are often made readily available for all to learn from shortly after the live presentations.

Amid COVID-19, VS Code 1.45 Boosts Remote Development, in Preview

The team continued to improve remote development functionality, especially important during the work-from-home surge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Container functionality receives a boost in the April update.

After Visual Studio Online Renamed 'Codespaces,' GitHub Announces 'Codespaces'

Seemingly feeling the need to stir up some more naming confusion, Microsoft-owned GitHub this week announced Codespaces -- a new cloud-hosted development environment based on Visual Studio Code -- just a week after Visual Studio Online was renamed Visual Studio Codespaces.

TypeScript 3.9 Release Candidate Boosts Speed, Editor Functionality

As TypeScript 3.9 approaches general availability in the next couple weeks or so, the new release candidate boasts several improvements, along with better code editor functionality and other tweaks.

VS Online Revamped, Renamed Codespaces in COVID-19 Remote Development Surge

Microsoft has renamed its Visual Studio Online cloud-hosted development environment to Visual Studio Codespaces, also adding new features and lowering prices.

Registration Open for Online Microsoft Build 2020 Developer Conference

Microsoft has opened up registration for the 2020 Build conference, which is now an online virtual event amid the COVID-19 pandemic and which is refocused on its core audience, developers.

VS Code Java Update Continues Performance Improvement

Microsoft has shipped the April 2020 update to the Java extension for its open-source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor, continuing a performance improvement effort.

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'Shipping Fast and Often,' Xamarin.Forms 4.6 Released

Microsoft has released Xamarin.Forms 4.6, the latest edition of its open-source, cross-platform, mobile-centric development platform that the dev team is "shipping fast and often" while incorporating a slew of new preview features that coders can try out and provide feedback for.

Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 Release Candidate Arrives

The previews are over as Microsoft today shipped Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 Release Candidate, making the red-hot project just one step away from production-ready general availability on track to debut sometime in May (note: the 2020 Build developer conference starts May 19).

Previews of .NET 5, Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 Arrive

Microsoft shipped a slew of previews in advance of next month's scheduled debut of Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 and the milestone .NET 5 release planned for November.

Tech Job Report Gauges COVID-19 Impact: Desire for .NET, C# Skills Decreases

Tech careers firm Dice's latest job report attempts to gauge the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hiring. One finding of special interest to Visual Studio Magazine readers is less desire for .NET and C# skills.

Rust Survey: VS Code is No. 1 Editor

A new survey reveals Visual Studio Code is the No. 1 editor used by developers coding in Rust, which has become a hot programming language lately, even being considered as a safer alternative to C/C++ by Microsoft's security team.

VS Code Python Tool Boosts Jupyter Notebooks Functionality

The latest update of the Python extension for Visual Studio Code -- by far the most popular tool in the editor's marketplace -- boosts its Jupyter Notebooks functionality by adding support for ipywidgets, sometimes called Jupyter widgets.

Developer Report: 'C# Seems to Be Losing its Edge in Desktop'

Contradicting findings in other recent reports, a new study from developer analyst firm SlashData shows some decline in the popularity of C# over the past year.

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