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Low-Code Windows Template Studio Gets Visual Basic Support

Windows Template Studio, Microsoft's open source, wizard-driven Visual Studio 2017 extension for coding UWP applications, is out in version 1.7 with new support for Visual Basic and the Prism framework.

Visual Studio Code Python Extension Improves Linting, More

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code team has updated the popular, open source Python extension it acquired a few months ago, adding yet more functionality to the tool that has been installed more than 6 million times.

TypeScript 2.7 Ships, Developers Debate Its 'Bloat'

Microsoft yesterday shipped TypeScript 2.7, adding a bunch of new features as usual -- so many that a debate about bloat in the programming language was sparked on a social coding site.

Third Preview of Visual Studio 2017 v15.6 Improves Build Tools, More

It's been just a couple week since the second preview of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6, with the latest iteration featuring improvements to Visual Studio Build Tools, Snapshot Debugging and more.

VS Code Susceptible to Electron-Based Vulnerability

Visual Studio Code, being based on the open source Electron framework, is among applications susceptible to a remote code execution vulnerability just announced and patched by the Electron team this week.

Microsoft Releases New TypeScript, R Open Editions

Microsoft has shipped a new release for R Open -- its enhanced distribution of the open source R programming language -- along with a release candidate for its latest TypeScript edition.

Second SQL Operations Studio Update Ships

The lightweight, cross-platform offering combines functionality found in tools like SQL Server Management Studio and the Visual Studio Code editor in order to help data developers and operations pros work with SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse on Windows, Mac or Linux machines.

.NET Coders Clamor for C# Support in Microsoft's CNTK AI Toolkit

This has been an issue for a while and was just raised again with a new post on the Issues section of the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit GitHub repository, an open source toolkit for commercial-grade distributed deep learning.

AWS Cloud Adds .NET Core 2.0 Support for C# Coding of Lambda Functions

Amazon Web Services this week said .NET-centric developers using its cloud platform to write AWS Lambda functions can now do so in C# while leveraging .NET Core 2.0 libraries.

VS Code Continues Java Blitz with Bevy of New Extensions

After several improvements to a popular Java debugger, the VS Code team has added more extensions to support JUnit testing, Maven, Tomcat and Checkstyle.

Microsoft Continues to Improve Java Debugger for VS Code Editor

Fifth update in the past three months improves expression evaluation, adds step filter for bypassing certain code.

Unity Replaces Mono-Based IDE with Visual Studio

The popular Unity game development platform has dropped its default Mono-based IDE in favor of Visual Studio products in order to leverage new C# and scripting features.

Visual Studio Code Gets Boost for Java, Spring Boot Development

As part of a wide-ranging collaboration with Pivotal Software, Microsoft's VS Code editor is getting improved support for Java and Pivotal's Spring Boot framework in the form of new and enhanced extensions.

Xamarin Faces Challenge from Google's Flutter Mobile SDK

In the wake of a former Visual Studio dev lead's departure for Google's Flutter team, here's a look at some published comparisons of the young Flutter project with the more established Xamarin offering that comes with Visual Studio.

Visual Studio IDE Opens Up to More Programming Languages

Visual Studio developers who want to program in non-native languages can now write their own extensions to do so with new support (in preview) for the Language Server Protocol, catching up to existing VS Code functionality.

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