Finally Go Eyes On with Upcoming Visual Studio 2022 UI Refresh

Six months ago, Microsoft teased Visual Studio 2022 developers by announcing an upcoming UI refresh, which they can now finally get their eyes on in the new v17.9 preview 1.

GitHub Copilot Leads Productivity Gains in New Visual Studio 2022 17.8

In announcing Visual Studio 2022 17.8 today, Microsoft emphasized community-driven productivity gains among the new features and functionality.

Microsoft Ships .NET 8

In announcing .NET 8 today, Microsoft emphasized the cloud, performance, full-stack Blazor, AI and .NET MAUI as major highlights of the latest edition of the company's free, cross-platform, open source developer platform.

dtSearch Enhances ASP.NET Core Functionality

Enterprise search specialist dtSearch enhanced ASP.NET Core functionality in the latest update to its flagship product.

GitHub Copilot Chat Nears GA: 'Today We Are Re-Founded on Copilot'

GitHub announced its "Copilot Chat" offering will reach general availability next month as the company goes all in on AI.

What's New in Microsoft's F# Language for Functional-First Programming

C# and TypeScript get a lot more attention, but Microsoft has also been steadily working to improve its F# programming language.

Microsoft Revamping Semantic Kernel AI SDK After 'Unexpected Uses'

Microsoft switched gears on its plan for the initial release of its Semantic Kernel SDK for AI development after finding its API was being used in unexpected ways.

VS Code Previews AI Topic Experts for Copilot Chat Called 'Agents'

The GitHub Copilot "AI pair programmer" in Visual Studio Code is getting new functionality, including artificial topic experts called "Agents" who can help answer Chat questions with their specialized knowledge.

Uno Platform 5.0: C# Is Now All You Need

Uno Platform 5.0 shipped this week with the ability to create entire cross-platform applications -- including markup -- from a single codebase written in one language, C#.

VS Code Python Team Improves Interactive REPL

Microsoft's dev team for Python in Visual Studio Code updated its tooling to improve working with the language's interactive Read-Eval-Print Loop functionality.

Microsoft Offers Advisory Service for Arm Developers

To serve a quickly expanding Arm ecosystem, Microsoft has launched an Arm Advisory Service to help developers create Arm-optimized apps.

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Microsoft on Blazor WebAssembly Debugging Feedback: 'That Sounds Awful!'

Microsoft's Daniel Roth took to X (Twitter) to garner feedback on Blazor WebAssembly client-side debugging and received an earful in response, including complaints about associated Hot Reload functionality.

Open Source Codeium Improves AI Chat in VS Code Tool

Codeium, a free and open source alternative to the for-pay GitHub Copilot AI-powered coding assistant, recently received improvements to its chat functionality and various other capabilities.

Progress Telerik Release Focuses on Design, Accessibility and Data Visualization

Improvements to the latest release of Progress Telerik third-party .NET developer tooling come mainly in three areas: UI design/styling; accessibility/compliance; and data visualization.

Microsoft Cranks Out Weekly Visual Studio 2022 17.8 Previews as GA Nears

Microsoft is now cranking out weekly previews of Visual Studio 2022 17.8, perhaps aiming for general availability next month with the debut of .NET 8 and associated dev tooling.

Azure Java Jockeys Get OpenAI Playground

Microsoft's dev team for Java on Azure tooling announced support for the Azure OpenAI Service and associated Playground, enabling new AI-based scenarios based on advanced tech from Microsoft partner OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT.

What's New in EF Core

Jim Wooley takes 20 minutes to discuss Table Splitting, Owned Types, Query Filters, DbContext pooling, GroupBy, String Interpolation, Lazy loading, Value Converters, Data Seeding, Query types, Optimized correlated subqueries, Spatial support, Query Tags and more.

'Azure AI Content Safety' Service Targets Developer Online Environments

In this case, "safety" doesn't refer to cybersecurity concerns, but rather unsafe images and text that AI developers in the Azure cloud might run across in various content categories and languages.

Oracle Offers Java Language Server Tool for VS Code

Oracle announced a language server tool for Java developers using Visual Studio Code to provide language-specific "smarts" in the super-popular, open source-based, cross-platform code editor.

C# Overtaking Java in Popularity Index

"If the trends remain this way, C# will surpass Java in about 2 month's time."

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