Simplified Project Setup for Python in Visual Studio Code

The team has recently been busy improving the getting started and set-up experiences, now providing a new Create Environment command.

Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ Gets Azure Cosmos DB Support, Enhances VMs

Microsoft's regular monthly update to Java on Azure Tooling sees the dev team introducing support for Azure Cosmos DB and furthering recently introduced Azure Virtual Machine functionality.

VS Code v1.72 Adds Community Discussions for Extension Authors

"There is now a VS Code Community Discussions site for extension authors as a gathering place to ask questions, connect with other developers, and show off great work."

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.NET MAUI Community Toolkit v1.3 Supports Gravatar ('Globally Recognized Avatar')

Nodding to today's social media-centered tech world and the under-construction metaverse, Microsoft announced the new .NET MAUI Community Toolkit v1.3 adds support for Gravatar, standing for "globally recognized avatar."

Blazor Among Top Libraries for 'Niche' WebAssembly, Which Sees Shrinking Usage

While WebAssembly has made quite a splash in the web-dev world, a new report describes it as "niche" tech whose usage is actually contracting, though among that shrinking usage, Microsoft's Blazor is among the top libraries.

Did .NET MAUI Ship Too Soon? Devs Sound Off on 'Massive Mistake'

Microsoft recently advanced .NET MAUI to General Availability status, but many developers have complained about half-baked functionality that was shipped too soon.

DevOps Firm Plots Rise of TypeScript for CI/CD

TypeScript has climbed steadily over the past few years to become the most popular programming language used on the CircleCI platform.

New Uno Platform 4.5 Furthers Figma Embrace, Picking Up Where Microsoft Blend Left Off

It provides "some tooling C# and XAML developers have been asking for, and have been asking for since Blend," the company said.

.NET MAUI in .NET 7 Fills In Xamarin Gaps

With the new .NET MAUI in .NET 7 Release Candidate 1, the dev team has continued to polish things up ahead of a November GA debut while at the same time filling in gaps from its predecessor, Xamarin.

See Updated 'What's New' Docs for Entity Framework 7 Release Candidate 1

With Microsoft developers focused on finishing touches ahead of the November debut of Entity Framework 7, the company has updated the corresponding "what's new" documentation to help keep track of all the changes while shipping Release Candidate 1.

WebAssembly Steals the ASP.NET Core Show in .NET 7 RC1

WebAssembly, the open source tech that makes client-side Blazor work, was the star of the ASP.NET Core show in the new .NET 7 Release Candidate 1.

Visual Studio Devs Can Now Roll Back Problematic Updates

Addressing a longstanding (nearly 4 years) developer request, Microsoft has made it easier to roll back problematic IDE updates in the new Visual Studio 2022 17.4 Preview 2.

First .NET 7 Release Candidate Ships

After seven previews dating back to February, Microsoft shipped .NET 7 Release Candidate 1, the first of two before the framework reaches General Availability in early November.

A Year In, GitHub Measures AI-Based Copilot's Productivity Boost

There's no doubt that GitHub's "AI pair programmer," Copilot, has shaken up the dev world, but by how much?

Azure Functions Support for .NET 7 Progresses

Cloud developers who are into serverless computing can now enjoy support of .NET 7 as a runtime when working with Azure Functions v4.

Improved IntelliSense Support for Jupyter Notebooks in VS Code

"Not only you will get improved auto complete suggestions when writing Python code in notebook files, but you will also be able to leverage refactoring features such as extract variable, extract method as well as auto imports."

Merge Editor Improvements Highlight VS Code 1.71 (August 2022 Update)

Despite August being a popular month for Visual Studio Code engineers to vacation, the dev team managed to churn out a bunch of new features in the regular monthly update, bringing the lightweight, open source-based, cross-platform code editor to v1.71.

Got Mad .NET MAUI Skills? Show Off!

"The .NET MAUI Cloud Skills Challenge is a fun and exciting way to learn .NET MAUI and grab the latest .NET MAUI sticker swag!"

Windows Devs Prefer PowerShell as CLI

Survey shows PowerShell preferred, with 45.2 percent of the votes, followed by cmd (37.6 percent), WSL Bash (15.6 percent) and Azure Cloud Shell (1.6 percent).

VS Code Emerges As Remote Development Superstar

Visual Studio Code has emerged as the go-to remote development tool in many areas far outside the Microsoft-centric developer ecosystem.

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