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C++ Is Focus of New Visual Studio 2019 v16.7 Preview 2

C++ development is a focus point of the new Visual Studio 2019 v16.7 Preview 2, featuring a slew of tweaks and improvements touching upon remote SSH connections, IntelliSense support and more.

C# Steps Up Programming Language Popularity Ladder

Microsoft's C# programming language climbed a year-over-year notch on the TIOBE Index, which measures popularity among developers.

So What's Up with Microsoft's (and Everyone Else's) Love of Rust?

Microsoft already stewards several popular programming languages -- C#, TypeScript, F# -- so what's up with its love of Rust, along with the rest of the world?

VS Code Java Tool Updates Debugging, Refactoring

The monthly update to the tooling that boosts Java development in the open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor highlights debugging, refactoring and more.

Microsoft Plugs Away at Blazor for Mobile in Preview 3

Microsoft is furthering its work to target mobile app development with Blazor, the ASP.NET Core offering that originally was developed to allow for C#-based web development instead of JavaScript through the use of WebAssembly for the client side.

Stack Overflow Dev Survey: TypeScript Surges, Leaving Python Behind

Microsoft's embrace of open source is paying off, says Stack Overflow in its new developer survey, as TypeScript has vaulted into second place (behind Rust) as the "most loved" programming language, pulling away from Python, with which it tied in last year's survey.

Docker Strengthens Ties with Azure Cloud, VS Code

Container kingpin Docker announced extended collaboration with Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform and Microsoft's open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor.

Basic Will Never Die: Microsoft Open Sources GW-BASIC

Microsoft has open sourced GW-BASIC, a programming language developed some 38 years ago. GW-BASIC and variants such as QBasic, QuickBasic and others provided the onramp to computer programming for many industry veterans.

Next for Blazor: AOT for 'Massive Speed Gains'

Blazor guru Steve Sanderson provided a peek at what's coming up for Blazor during a Build presentation this week.

New Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.6 Features Integrated Terminal, Blazor WebAssembly Templates

Microsoft's Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.6 was announced at this week's Build developer conference, featuring an integrated terminal, templates for Blazor WebAssembly applications and gRPC service projects, fixes for crashes and hangs, and more.

Build Developer Conference: What's New with C# and F#

Microsoft provided updates on its flagship .NET-centric programming languages, C# and F#, during this week's online Build developer conference.

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Visual Studio 2019 16.6 Ships with ML.NET Model Builder, Codespaces, WinForms Designer Previews

Working from their home offices, Microsoft developers have shipped Visual Studio 2019 16.6 and the first preview of v16.7 with a slew of new features available in previews, including built-in ML.NET Model Builder functionality, expanded support for Codespaces, a Windows Forms designer for .NET Core projects and more.

Microsoft Unveils Unifying .NET Multi-Platform App UI for Mobile/Desktop

The dream of one cross-platform .NET scheme for every type of project and target is becoming closer to a reality.

Blazor Finally Complete as WebAssembly Joins Server-Side Component

It's been a long time coming, but .NET developers can now finally enjoy a full-stack, production-ready Blazor framework for creating web applications with C# instead of JavaScript. At Microsoft's big Build developer conference today, the company announced that Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 -- the client-side component -- is joining Blazor Server.

COVID-19 Delays Unifying .NET 5 Features

.NET 5 will still ship this November, but it won't have all the unifying "just one .NET going forward" functionality that Microsoft originally planned because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Show Highlights DevExpress Desktop Controls

The Visual Studio Toolbox show on Microsoft's Channel 9 video site this week took a look at desktop components from third-party vendor DevExpress.

VS Code Python Update Tweaks Interpreter Path Functionality

The May 2020 update of Visual Studio Code's Python extension -- by far the most popular tool in the marketplace -- is mostly routine with a lot of fixes and minor tweaks, though developers showed interest in changes to interpreter path functionality.

New for VS Code: MongoDB, Kite AI-Powered JavaScript Completions

This week sees several significant additions to the Visual Studio Code ecosystem: an update to the Python extension; the popular open source MongoDB database; and AI-powered JavaScript code completions from Kite.

TypeScript 3.9 Ships with Faster Compile Times

Microsoft shipped TypeScript 3.9, quickening the compile times for the increasingly popular programming language used to write software ranging from Angular and Vue to Visual Studio Code.

New 'Source Generators' Stir Up the C# Crowd

Who knew there were so many C# library authors out there? New C# Source Generators unveiled in preview by the .NET and Languages dev team immediately garnered a lot of interest in the .NET dev camp, with more than 100 comments tacked on to an introductory post.

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