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Hot Reload Revamp Leads Xamarin Updates in Visual Studio 2019 v16.8

A revamp of "hot reload" functionality headlines a bevy of improvements to Xamarin that were highlighted by Microsoft this week as it launched Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and .NET 5 during the .NET Conf 2020 online developer event.

Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Ships with Git Turned On by Default

Along with .NET 5, Microsoft today shipped Visual Studio 2019 v16.8, which sees Git turned on by default as the version control experience in the latest update of the company's flagship IDE.

.NET 5 Arrives

While it doesn't reflect the full vision of unification that Microsoft originally sought, the milestone .NET 5 release has arrived to consolidate many of the moving parts of the .NET ecosystem.

Google Updates Editor for Cloud Shell, Alternative to .NET-Centric GitHub Codespaces

Google updated its Cloud Shell online development and operations environment that has been characterized as an alternative to GiHub Codespaces, which also provides cloud-hosted dev environments with a focus on Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code developers.

Troublesome Codespaces Work Hinders VS Code 'Housekeeping' Update

The October 2020 update to Visual Studio Code brings the open source, cross-platform code editor to version 1.51 as the dev team focused on "housekeeping" tasks, so it's light on exciting new features.

Python, a VS Code Mainstay, Slithers Past Java in Popularity Index

Python, surely the most important programming language to users of Visual Studio Code (except for perhaps C#), has for the first time passed Java to secure the No. 2 spot in the latest TIOBE Index ranking of popularity.

Syncfusion Previews WinUI Controls

Syncfusion's latest update to its various third-party development controls and tools provides preview support for WinUI, Microsoft's UI framework for all Windows apps across both Win32 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

Uno Platform Update Highlights New Linux Support

Uno Platform, an open source project that enables coding single-codebase, multi-platform web, mobile and desktop apps with .NET-centric technologies like C# and XAML, highlighted preview support for the development of Linux applications in a new version 3.1 update.

Visual Studio Extensions Getting Revamp

Microsoft is changing the model for Visual Studio extensions with the goal of making them easier to write, safer to use and more cloud-friendly.

Mobile Blazor Bindings Unifies Cross-Platform UI

Microsoft shipped a new preview of its experimental project, Mobile Blazor Bindings, with a UI unification across the web and mobile/desktop spaces.

Kite AI-Powered Code Completion Tool Adds C#, TypeScript, More

Kite, which provides a code completion tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI), has expanded the number of programming languages that it supports in IDEs and code editors like Visual Studio Code.

Python in Visual Studio Code Update Adds Debugger, Debugpy 1.0

The new Debugpy debugger for Python in Visual Studio Code hits version 1.0 in the latest update of the Python tooling for the open source, cross-platform code editor.

.NET for Apache Spark Debuts in Version 1.0

The open source project .NET for Apache Spark has debuted in version 1.0, finally vaulting the C# and F# programming languages into Big Data first-class citizenship.

In-App Reviews Come to Xamarin.Forms Android

Android is playing a little catch-up to iOS regarding in-app review functionality, just now coming to Microsoft's Xamarin.Forms implementation.

C# Slides in Usage Ranking of Programming Languages

"The fact that C# lost three places in the ranking of language communities during the last three years is mostly explained by its slower growth compared to C/C++ and PHP."

Infragistics Unveils UI Components for Blazor

Infragistics, specializing in third-party UI/UX controls and tools, unveiled a new offering targeting Blazor, Microsoft's red-hot open source framework that allows for C#-based web development instead of traditional mainstay JavaScript.

Telerik UI for Blazor Updated

Progress announced an update to its Telerik UI for Blazor components, targeting Microsoft's open source Blazor framework that lets C# coders create web apps without having to rely upon JavaScript.

AWS Open Sources Tool for Porting .NET Framework Apps to .NET Core

Leading cloud computing platform Amazon Web Services open sourced the it announced in July for helping users port old .NET Framework applications to the new .NET Core framework.

Uno Platform Ports Windows Calculator to Linux

Uno Platform has ported the famed Windows Calculator, open sourced last year, to Linux as part of a continuing "proof point" effort to demonstrate the reach of what it describes as the sole UI offering available to target Windows, WebAssembly, iOS, macOS, Android and Linux with single-codebase applications coded in C# and XAML.

ASP.NET Core OData 8 Preview Supports .NET 5, but with Breaking Changes

ASP.NET Core OData, which debuted in July 2018, is out in a v8.0 preview that for the first time supports the upcoming .NET 5 milestone release.

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