For all the talk of the deprecation of Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, it still thrives in places, including the UWP Community, which just announced the winners of its Launch 2021 event that celebrates UWP apps and their development.
Microsoft unveiled a suite of extensions designed to improve developer productivity and efficiency in the upcoming Visual Studio 2022 release.
As promised, Microsoft is previewing a .NET MAUI Community Toolkit some two months before it begins to sunset its progenitor, Xamarin.Forms, long used for mobile iOS and Android app development with C# and XAML.
Hundreds of developers expressed amazement at a new preview feature introduced this month by GitHub: the ability to instantly open up Visual Studio Code in a browser in order to edit the source code found in any repository.
"The last thing we want is for devs to be distracted or frustrated and if people don't find this helpful, we won't continue it."
"Developers should remain vigilant ('awake') when using Copilot as a co-pilot."
"Is there any advantage to installing them through the Windows Store rather than normally?"
The regular monthly update to Microsoft's Azure SDK improves Cognitive Services text analytics, specifically with a new Question Answering SDK that supplants QnA Maker.
GitHub has ditched its local macOS development model in favor of its new Codespaces cloud-hosted service, which is now available for try-out to customers on Team and Enterprise cloud plans.
New layouts were announced in .NET MAUI Preview 7, and some developers are still questioning the lack of Linux support in Microsoft's next-gen evolution of Xamarin.Forms.
Will advanced AI robots replace professional software developers? Depends on who you ask.
Some 10 years after the final Microsoft Silverlight release, some developers still fear being "Silverlighted," or seeing a development product in which they have invested heavily be abandoned by Microsoft.
Did you ever wonder why Microsoft doesn't provide a component library for Blazor, like Angular and others do?
"Is there a config option for this available or do you force this on all of us?"
"It will become possible to do more and more sophisticated things with your software just by telling it what to do."
The August 2021 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code completes a revamp of the Jupyter Notebooks experience that was started more than a year ago.
The dev team for Visual Studio Code improved Jupyter Notebook functionality and much else in the regular monthly update to the wildly popular, open source-based, cross-platform code editor.
A bevy of new features and enhancements debut in a preview of the upcoming Windows Community Toolkit 7.1 release, a collection of helpers, extensions and custom controls that simplify and demonstrate common developer tasks building UWP and .NET apps for Windows 10.