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New Toolkit for Writing Visual Studio Extensions (And Where to Find Extensions)

Microsoft details a new Extensibility Essentials toolkit for VS 2022 and explains where to find your favorite tools.

New TypeScript 4.5 Improves Asynchronous Programming

TypeScript 4.5 has shipped with a new <code>Awaited</code> type and <code>Promise</code> improvements for enhancing asynchronous programming in Microsoft's popular take on JavaScript that adds statically checked types.

TypeScript Surge Flatlines in New GitHub Octoverse Report

Last year's sprawling GitHub Octoverse report saw Microsoft's TypeScript programming language rise to No. 4 in the popularity ranking -- one step above C# -- after starting out at No. 10 in 2017.

Windows App SDK ('Project Reunion') Hits Version 1.0

Microsoft's Windows App SDK 1.0 Stable release is live, unifying access to Windows APIs for desktop Windows 10/11 apps in a new scheme that was formerly called "Project Reunion."

What's New for C#, F# and Visual Basic in .NET 6

Learn all about global using directives, Fantomas, where Hot Reload works and doesn't work and much more in this one-stop-shop roundup of new programming language features and functionality.

Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 3 Teases Native M1 Processor Support

In announcing Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 3, Microsoft teased upcoming support for Apple M1 processors and announced the expected general availability time-frame.

Blazor Updates, Hot Reload and Minimal APIs Highlight ASP.NET Core in .NET 6

ASP.NET Core sees a bunch of new features and functionality in the just-released .NET 6, including Blazor updates, Hot Reload and minimal APIs.

With .NET MAUI Delayed, Xamarin.Forms Remains Mobile Dev Option in .NET 6

With .NET MAUI -- the "evolution of Xamarin.Forms" -- delayed, the latter remains a primary mobile dev option in .NET 6, just released this week.

64-bit Visual Studio 2022 Arrives

The landmark 64-bit Visual Studio 2022 is now generally available, for the first time offering developers much more memory to work with, along with other innovations like IntelliCode and Hot Reload.

.NET 6 Is Here

Microsoft shipped .NET 6, the culmination of a massive unifying effort to transform the Windows-only, proprietary .NET Framework into one open source, cross-platform development offering for all types of .NET projects.

Open Source VS Code Python Language Server Dies, Replaced by Proprietary Pylance

Microsoft officially pounded the last nail into the open source Microsoft Python Language Server coffin, replacing it with the company's proprietary Pylance extension for coding with Python in Visual Studio Code.

Microsoft Publishes New Documentation for Blazor, ASP.NET Core

Microsoft published new documentation for its .NET 6 web-dev component, ASP.NET Core, including the red-hot Blazor framework.

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Tabnine AI Assistant Adds Visual Studio Support

Tabnine has added Visual Studio support to its AI assistant, which puts artificial intelligence to work for code completion within Microsoft's flagship IDE.

Microsoft Unveils .NET Tech Community Forums

Microsoft, in the process of unifying all things .NET with the upcoming .NET 6, has also been unifying .NET communities, with the latest move along that line being the introduction of new forums.

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Microsoft 365 Developer Program Gets Sandbox and Teams Sample Data Pack

Microsoft's ongoing Ignite 2021 tech conference saw two major additions for the Microsoft 365 Developer Program: an instant sandbox that can be pre-configured with new sample data packs for Teams meeting/collaboration software and others.

Microsoft Expands Development Options for Teams Meeting/Collaboration Software

Teams was front and center at Ignite with a host of announcements including a preview of the Teams JavaScript SDK, interoperability/integration with Azure Communication Services and many other offerings, an enhanced Teams toolkit and more -- including the ability to create Teams apps with Blazor.

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Java on VS Code Adds Gradle Tool, Simplifies Code Actions

The latest monthly update to Java on Visual Studio Code adds a Gradle extension, simplifies Code Actions execution and leverages an "important milestone," the v1.0 release of a new language server developed with Red Hat.

VS 2022 for Mac Supports .NET 6 RC2 on Intel-based Macs (but Not M1 ARM64)

Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 2 with minor updates including new support for .NET 6 Release Candidate 2 when running on Intel-based Mac computers.

Windows App SDK Preview 3 Supports Non-MSIX WinUI 3 App Deployment

The third preview of the Windows App SDK (formerly "Project Reunion") supports deploying WinUI 3 apps without MSIX-packaging.

GitHub Updates Copilot 'AI Pair Programmer' and Codespaces (Online VS Code)

Microsoft-owned GitHub announced several updates to its sprawling development and code repository platform, including two fairly new offerings: GitHub Copilot, described as an "AI pair programmer," and GitHub Codespaces, which provides an instant, customized, online version of VS Code that runs in the browser and is tied into the platform.

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