Cloud-Heavy Microsoft Build Conference Starts Tuesday: Here's What to Look for

Microsoft's big Build developer conference stays online this year for perhaps the last time as the country opens up from pandemic restrictions, with the schedule showing a marked focus on the company's Azure cloud platform.

Flutter Update Furthers UWP Desktop Support

Google's popular cross-platform Flutter UI toolkit is out in a v2.2 update that furthers support for creating Universal Windows Platform (UWP) desktop applications.

Azure Icon Is Changing, So Far No Backlash

Azure user reaction pales in comparison to a VS Coders revolt that thwarted a 2017 icon change.

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Azure Static Web Apps Goes GA

Call it low-code for the web: Azure Static Web Apps has reached general availability, providing a quick onramp to full-stack projects with static front ends and dynamic back ends powered by Azure Functions serverless computing.

Visual Studio 2019 v16.10 Preview 3 Aims at Git Productivity

Improvements make it easier to create pull requests from the IDE.

Microsoft Previews Azure SDK for Python (Conda) Packaging System

"It provides a packaging system, separate from PyPI, which optimizes for self-contained packages, guarantees dependency enforcement, and provides built-in execution environment isolation."

Java on VS Code Improves Debugger and Test Runner

The April 2021 update to Java on Visual Studio Code mainly improves debugging and testing.

Microsoft Power Apps Ranks High in Low-Code Research Report

Microsoft's Power Apps low-code development offering was among four market leaders identified in a new report from research firm Forrester.

WinForms Team Details VB.NET on .NET 5: 'A Huge Challenge'

Two members of Microsoft's Windows Forms dev team appeared in a Channel 9 video on "Supporting VB.NET" in .NET 5," a task that in some ways poses "a huge challenge."

Pylance Now Default Language Server for Python in Visual Studio Code

Pylance is now the default language server for Python in Visual Studio Code, providing IntelliSense functionality as of the May 2021 release of the Python Extension for VS Code.

.NET Developer Job Postings Tank in Q1

Technical careers specialist Dice published its Q1 2021 Tech Job Report that details the fastest-growing hubs, roles and skills.

'Modern Visual Basic' Mercury Language Debuts

RemObjects has debuted the Mercury programming language, described as a modern Visual Basic "with a future" for all platforms.

Rust for Windows Achieves Full Consumption (Call any Windows API)

"The Rust language projection follows in the tradition established by C++/WinRT of building language projections for Windows using standard languages and compilers, providing a natural and idiomatic way for Rust developers to call Windows APIs."

See What's Coming for VS Code in New Update Previews

The regular monthly update to Visual Studio Code (April 2021, v1.56) has a bunch of preview features that developers can try out, along with the usual raft of new functionality.

C# Rises in Job Candidate Sought-After Tech Report

Technical recruiting firm Built In published a report on what developer tech that job candidates are looking for, finding that C# had the biggest year-over-year increase from 2019 to 2020.

Experimental Dotnet Monitor Tool Now Fully Supported

The dotnet monitor tool that debuted as an experimental tool last year is now fully supported, helping developers access diagnostics information in a dotnet application.

From Structs and Lambdas to CO2 Emissions: Microsoft Software Development Gets Greener

As humanity descends into a suicidal climate-change death spiral (some might say), Microsoft-centric software development is increasingly adopting "green" practices such as lowering CO2 emissions in order to slow the roll.

Azure Machine Learning Experience Improved in VS Code

Microsoft dev teams for Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) and Visual Studio Code have improved the developer experience in the super-popular, open source-based, cross-platform code editor.

Rust Language Gains Traction in .NET Community

The Rust programming language is gaining traction in the .NET community, both with Microsoft and among front-line developers.

What's the Top App Model Used by .NET Developers?

Echoing an earlier report on the popularity of ASP.NET in the .NET/C# tech stack, a new survey from the .NET Foundation finds the web framework dominates the ranking of app models used by respondents.