Aiming for a September general availability release, Microsoft today shipped preview 6 of .NET Core 3.0, with the dev team pretty much finalizing the new feature codebase and beginning a focus on quality, fixing bugs and improving performance.
Microsoft has shipped Visual Studio 2019 version 16.2 Preview 2, highlighting .NET productivity improvements and other new functionality.
After previously publishing developer guidance for porting "simple" desktop apps to the new .NET Core platform, Microsoft has just followed up with a two-part post on a more "complicated" project.
In the move from the ageing, Windows-only .NET Framework to the new open source, cross-platform .NET Core framework, some technologies weren't invited along for the ride, but open source projects may be coming to the rescue.
Risking developer wrath, Microsoft has again changed the Visual Studio Code icon in the May 2019 edition, version 1.35.
Feature requests and reported problems are now exclusively on Developer Community, which features tabs for Visual Studio, Visual Studio for Mac, .NET, C++, Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server (TFS).
New porting guidance targets two groups of .NET developers: those who want just the basics and those who want meatier details for more complex use cases.
Microsoft announced a new data access driver for SQL Server that should be the path forward for data developers in the era of .NET Core.
Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 version 16.1 with a host of new features and enhancements, led by an expansion of workloads that now support IntelliCode, the AI-assisted upgrade of IntelliSense.
Xamarin.Forms 4.0 is out, a major release featuring the new Shell, an application container providing basic, common UI features -- including troublesome navigation functionality -- to help developers get started more easily and quickly, addressing "hassle" reported in developer feedback.
For the April 2019 update of Visual Studio Code, v1.34, the dev team primarily concentrated on a preview of extension tools to facilitate remote development, though several other new features were added to the open source, cross-platform code editor.
Microsoft shipped TypeScript 3.5 RC, a release candidate that fixes a type-checking bug the team introduced in version 3.4, which caused a huge slowdown in build times and other performance.
A two-year effort by Microsoft's language team has resulted in the public debut of Try .NET, an interactive documentation generator for .NET Core.
Developer-focused analyst firm RedMonk, known for publishing one of the leading indices that measure programming language popularity, has noted the growth of Microsoft's TypeScript, stating it's "exploding" in relation to other languages.
Microsoft Web Template Studio, a new open source Visual Studio Code extension, has been unveiled to simplify and quicken the process of creating full-stack Web applications.
At its recent Build developer conference, Microsoft highlighted simplified automated machine learning with three approaches: code-first, drag-and-drop and no-code, the latter of which is now accessible via a Web UI in the Azure portal, in preview.
Microsoft announced Entity Framework 6.3 Preview, which takes the traditional open source object-relational mapping (ORM) framework to the .NET Core space, joining Entity Framework Core as an option for leveraging the upcoming .NET Core 3.0.
Microsoft kicked off its huge Build developer conference with the usual bevy of announcements, touching on everything from a new .NET Core 3.0 preview ahead of September general availability, to Visual Studio Online, the general availability of VS IntelliCode, ML.NET 1.0 for machine learning and much more.