With the year's last release of Visual Studio Code out in a "housekeeping" update, Microsoft highlighted new features and pointed to what's to come in 2021 for its popular open source cross-platform code editor.
While Microsoft and community developers have improved desktop dev tooling in .NET 5 and new open source implementations, the tech hasn't translated easily from the Windows-only .NET Framework, and catch-up efforts planned for next year's .NET 6 include high DPI support for one troublesome project, Windows Forms.
Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 v16.9 Preview 2 while issuing New Year wishes toward the end of "this unpredictable year" that saw the milestone .NET 5 arrive incomplete from the original vision because of tricky problems and pandemic-caused delays but nevertheless saw Visual Studio versions churned out at a steady pace.
In the "IDE" section of the "Visual Studio" section of Microsoft's Developer Community site, the No. 1 feature request -- as measured by community votes -- is "Visual Studio for Linux."
The November monthly update to the Visual Studio C++ extension continues Microsoft's embrace of ARM and ARM64 architectures, used in CPUs for mobile devices because of power efficiency and other characteristics.
Microsoft announced several updates to its Azure Mobile Apps service and is conducting a survey to solicit feedback on its future as an evolving concern.
TypeScript popularity surged in GitHub's annual Octoverse report, one of the most comprehensive developer-oriented studies in the industry, focusing on the open source dev space.
Stack Overflow probably isn't worried, but Microsoft has launched its own Q&A site for all things .NET, seeking to provide a one-stop-shop for getting .NET technical questions answered by the community.
Since shipping .NET 5, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and more goodies recently, Microsoft has been touting speed improvements in many components -- including the red-hot Blazor project -- but some real-world developers are finding different results.
Google Cloud Functions -- often used for serverless, event-driven projects -- now supports .NET, but the new support is a release behind Microsoft's latest .NET offering.
With the milestone .NET 5 and Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 releases now out, Microsoft is reminding Visual Basic coders that their favorite programming language enjoys full support and the troublesome Windows Forms Designer is even complete -- almost.
Microsoft is continuing to crow about .NET productivity and speed gains in Visual Studio 2019 following last week's mass shipments of .NET 5, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and more.
Microsoft is pursuing its prominent Python push in a big way, hiring the creator of the popular programming language, Guido van Rossum.
GrapeCity updated its suite of controls for .NET development to support the new .NET 5 milestone release that seeks to unify all of the disparate .NET offerings under one umbrella framework.
Microsoft announced a host of app development capabilities for Teams, which is fighting with competitors such as Zoom in the exploding meeting/collaboration space as the COVID-19 pandemic forces organizations to keep workers home.
Microsoft released preview 3 of WinUI 3, the latest iteration of the company's native UI platform, which features support for ARM64, a live visual tree, hot reload and much more.
Apparently the regular monthly update to Java on Visual Studio Code doesn't introduce any ground-breaking new features, but rather "some 'small' new things that you would love."
Experts in the open source community surrounding Microsoft's recent EF Core 5.0 release have weighed in with their favorite new features in the object-database mapper for .NET.
Along with last week's mass shipments of .NET 5, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and more, Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.8, which can now debug Blazor WebAssembly applications.
Since Microsoft went all in on Python for its open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor years ago, the company has steadily been adding new features, tools and functionality, including a brand-new Jupyter extension that will bring Notebook coding support to other languages.