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Visual Studio Online Finally Enters Public Preview

In the works for six years, Visual Studio Online has entered into a public preview, giving .NET-centric developers a new cloud-powered development option to go along with Visual Studio IDE and Visual Studio Code.

Microsoft Boosts AI-Assisted Developer Productivity

While the question of artificial intelligence someday replacing computer programmers is still being debated, Microsoft is steadily using AI advances to boost their productivity, this week announcing whole line completions and refactoring.

.NET Core 3.1 Preview 2 Polishes Blazor/Desktop Functionality, Supports C++/CLI ('Managed C++')

As .NET Core 3.1 will be a "small and short release focused on key improvements in Blazor and Windows desktop," the main new functionality introduced in today's Preview 2 is the suport of C++/CLI, also known as "managed C++."

What's New in Visual Studio 2019 16.4 Preview 3

Microsoft announced a bevy of new preview releases today at its Ignite conference, including Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 Preview 3, which features faster code navigation, IntelliSense and IntelliCode improvements and more.

What's New for Blazor and ASP.NET Core in .NET Core 3.1 Preview 2

While the ASP.NET Core team primarily focused on bug fixes in the new .NET Core 3.1 Preview 2, there was a smattering of new functionality introduced in the webdev component.

New for Visual Studio for Mac: ASP.NET Core Tutorials, Better Unity Development

With Visual Studio for Mac 8.3 recently released, Microsoft has announced new learning resources for building ASP.NET Core apps and an improved development experience for game-making Unity coders.

Open Source Orleans ('Distributed .NET') Hits Version 3.0

Orleans, an open-source, cross-platform framework for building distributed applications with .NET that was created by Microsoft Research nine years ago, has been updated to version 3.0, with a new scheduler, code generator, co-hosting support and more.

New CollectionView Highlights Xamarin.Forms 4.3 Stable Release

Microsoft announced the stable release of Xamarin.Forms 4.3, the latest update to its flagship cross-platform mobile development framework, providing a UI toolkit for building native Android, iOS, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps using C#.

Top .NET Vulnerabilities: SQL Injection, Path Traversal and Cross-Site Scripting, Says Security Firm

Contrast Security published an analysis of real-world application attack and vulnerability data from September 2019, finding that in the .NET world, the top three vulnerabilities were SQL Injection, Path Traversal and Cross-Site Scripting, followed by XML External Entity Injection (XXE) and Xpath Injection.

Visual Studio Code SQL Server Tool Gets IntelliCode, Object Explorer

The mssql extension for Visual Studio Code, used to support SQL Server connections and T-SQL editing, has been updated with IntelliCode functionality and a new Object Explorer, among other new features.

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VS Code Gets Java Code Navigation Update, New Code Actions, More

The monthly update to Java on Visual Studio Code sees updated code navigation, new code actions, Java 13 support and more.

Microsoft Open Sources Projects for Microservices, Kubernetes

Microsoft, which now calls itself an open source company, announced two new projects that serve to live up to that moniker, one for microservices and one for Kubernetes applications.

What's New for ASP.NET Core in .NET Core 3.1 Preview 1

With .NET Core 3.1 Preview 1 announced this week, Microsoft highlighted what's new in the ASP.NET Core component, which isn't much, as the ASP.NET effort primarily focused on bug fixes.

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Visual Studio-Bundled IncrediBuild Build Tool Goes to Cloud

IncrediBuild has announced its build tool -- bundled as an C++ option with the Visual Studio IDE -- has been released in a cloud version that works with the Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) platforms.

No More .NET Framework APIs Will Be Ported to .NET Core, Microsoft Says

The old, proprietary, Windows-only .NET Framework has given all it can give to the new cross-platform, open-source platform of the future, .NET Core.

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.NET Core 3.1 Preview 1 Focuses on Blazor, Desktop

The first preview of .NET Core 3.1 focuses on two of the big features highlighting the Sept. 23 release of .NET Core 3.0: Blazor (for C# Web development instead of JavaScript) and desktop development (Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation).

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Visual Studio 16.4 Preview 2 Boosted by Extension Tech

Microsoft today shipped Visual Studio 2019 v16.4 Preview 2, boosted with new features that come from formerly separate extensions.

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Microsoft Research's SandDance Data Visualization Tool Goes Open Source

A data visualization tool some four years in the making from Microsoft Research has been open sourced, available for use as an extension for Visual Studio Code or Azure Data Studio.

Microsoft Doubles Down on Instructional Videos: Xamarin and Python

After Microsoft's Scott Hanselman introduced a bunch of new beginner-level instructional videos for .NET, Xamarin guru James Montemagno wanted to remind mobile developers that similar resources are available for them.

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Azure Spring Cloud Debuts for Managed Java-Based Microservices

Seeking to ease the development of Spring-based microservices written in Java on the Azure cloud, Microsoft and Pivotal announced a private preview of a fully managed service called Azure Spring Cloud.

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