During this week's Microsoft Build 2021 developer conference, .NET MAUI Preview 4 was announced with new controls and features getting the framework ready for general availability in November along with .NET 6.
Many features in the just-shipped .NET 6 Preview 4 are close to being in final form, Microsoft says, making it "ready for real world testing if you haven't yet tried .NET 6 in your environment."
Much-requested and long-awaited Hot Reload functionality has hit .NET, supported in an early, incomplete form in the new Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 (Preview 1).
Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 v16.10 and the first preview of v16.11 during the start of the Build 2021 developer conference.
Microsoft helped out Qualcomm Technologies with the chip maker's new Snapdragon Developer Kit to support power-efficient mobile processors.
Microsoft published the roadmap for the next milestone release of its flagship IDE, Visual Studio 2022, following themes of personal and team productivity, modern development and constant innovation.
It's also said to improve readability while offering full-text search.
A new quality-of-service level for Windows lets developers throttle their power consumption when it makes sense, contributing to Microsoft's Sustainable Software and carbon negative initiatives.
Microsoft's big Build developer conference stays online this year for perhaps the last time as the country opens up from pandemic restrictions, with the schedule showing a marked focus on the company's Azure cloud platform.
Google's popular cross-platform Flutter UI toolkit is out in a v2.2 update that furthers support for creating Universal Windows Platform (UWP) desktop applications.
Azure user reaction pales in comparison to a VS Coders revolt that thwarted a 2017 icon change.
Call it low-code for the web: Azure Static Web Apps has reached general availability, providing a quick onramp to full-stack projects with static front ends and dynamic back ends powered by Azure Functions serverless computing.
Improvements make it easier to create pull requests from the IDE.
"It provides a packaging system, separate from PyPI, which optimizes for self-contained packages, guarantees dependency enforcement, and provides built-in execution environment isolation."
The April 2021 update to Java on Visual Studio Code mainly improves debugging and testing.
Microsoft's Power Apps low-code development offering was among four market leaders identified in a new report from research firm Forrester.
Two members of Microsoft's Windows Forms dev team appeared in a Channel 9 video on "Supporting VB.NET" in .NET 5," a task that in some ways poses "a huge challenge."
Pylance is now the default language server for Python in Visual Studio Code, providing IntelliSense functionality as of the May 2021 release of the Python Extension for VS Code.
Technical careers specialist Dice published its Q1 2021 Tech Job Report that details the fastest-growing hubs, roles and skills.