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VS Online Revamped, Renamed Codespaces in COVID-19 Remote Development Surge

Microsoft has renamed its Visual Studio Online cloud-hosted development environment to Visual Studio Codespaces, also adding new features and lowering prices.

Registration Open for Online Microsoft Build 2020 Developer Conference

Microsoft has opened up registration for the 2020 Build conference, which is now an online virtual event amid the COVID-19 pandemic and which is refocused on its core audience, developers.

VS Code Java Update Continues Performance Improvement

Microsoft has shipped the April 2020 update to the Java extension for its open-source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor, continuing a performance improvement effort.

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'Shipping Fast and Often,' Xamarin.Forms 4.6 Released

Microsoft has released Xamarin.Forms 4.6, the latest edition of its open-source, cross-platform, mobile-centric development platform that the dev team is "shipping fast and often" while incorporating a slew of new preview features that coders can try out and provide feedback for.

Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 Release Candidate Arrives

The previews are over as Microsoft today shipped Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 Release Candidate, making the red-hot project just one step away from production-ready general availability on track to debut sometime in May (note: the 2020 Build developer conference starts May 19).

Previews of .NET 5, Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 Arrive

Microsoft shipped a slew of previews in advance of next month's scheduled debut of Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 and the milestone .NET 5 release planned for November.

Tech Job Report Gauges COVID-19 Impact: Desire for .NET, C# Skills Decreases

Tech careers firm Dice's latest job report attempts to gauge the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hiring. One finding of special interest to Visual Studio Magazine readers is less desire for .NET and C# skills.

Rust Survey: VS Code is No. 1 Editor

A new survey reveals Visual Studio Code is the No. 1 editor used by developers coding in Rust, which has become a hot programming language lately, even being considered as a safer alternative to C/C++ by Microsoft's security team.

VS Code Python Tool Boosts Jupyter Notebooks Functionality

The latest update of the Python extension for Visual Studio Code -- by far the most popular tool in the editor's marketplace -- boosts its Jupyter Notebooks functionality by adding support for ipywidgets, sometimes called Jupyter widgets.

Developer Report: 'C# Seems to Be Losing its Edge in Desktop'

Contradicting findings in other recent reports, a new study from developer analyst firm SlashData shows some decline in the popularity of C# over the past year.

What's New for Azure Cosmos DB SDKs for .NET and Java

Microsoft recently beefed up the .NET and Java SDKs for Azure Cosmos DB, a globally distributed, multi-model database service that helps users and developers elastically and independently scale throughput and storage across Azure regions with a click of a button.

Amid Kids, Pets and Internet Blips, Dev Team Ships Visual Studio 2019 v16.6 Preview 3

Like the rest of us, the Visual Studio dev team is learning the new ropes involved with working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nevertheless shipping Visual Studio 2019 v16.6 Preview 3.

Debugging Problems Persist in Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 Preview 4

Debugging functionality is a pesky problem for the Blazor WebAssembly team, with many limitations still persisting in the project scheduled for a prime-time debut next month.

Open Source Uno Platform Supports VS Code After Editor Gets WebAssembly Debugging

Uno Platform is previewing support for the Visual Studio Code editor after a recent Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 preview added debugging to the problematic project.

Visual Studio Online Tweak Aids Remote Development Surge

With developers primarily working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, preview functionality in Visual Studio Online helps .NET coders connect more easily with home machines during the remote work surge.

GitHub: 'All Core Features Now Free for Everyone'

Microsoft-owned GitHub announced a pricing revision for the development platform/source code repository, making all of its core features free for everyone.

Microsoft Confirms March Azure Outage Due to COVID-19 Strains

Microsoft published a "post mortem" on a March 24 outage of services on its Azure cloud computing platform, confirming it was caused by increased traffic stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Build 2021 Developer Conference Likely to Be Digital

Microsoft's big Build developer conference is still on for next month, in a digital experience only, and new reports indicate that may be the same format used for next year's event.

Open Source Project Creates ASP.NET Core Apps with VB.NET

"I think we can say that VB.NET finally made it to ASP.NET Core," Egyptian developer Mohammed Hamdy Ghanem told <i>Visual Studio Magazine</i> about his new open-source project.

VS Code Update Adds Python Tutorials

The Visual Studio Code dev team added new Python tutorials as part of the regular monthly update, this one for March 2020, bringing the open-source, cross-platform code editor to version 1.44.

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