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Are GitHub and Facebook Challenging Visual Studio?

Microsoft may not have much to worry about yet, but there's a new IDE in town, open source and backed by a couple of heavy hitters in the coding industry.

Visual Basic Support Coming to Open Source Windows Template Studio

In announcing Windows Template Studio 1.3, Microsoft hinted that work has begun to support Visual Basic programming in the wizard-driven dev tool for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.

Visual Studio Code 1.16 Eases Code Refactoring, Picking Colors, More

Visual Studio Code's monthly release cadence continues to stream a new supply of goodies in each iteration, with the latest one featuring better code refactoring, a more versatile color picker, automatic tag closing and much more.

Mono Linker Tool Now Reduces Size of .NET Core Apps

Microsoft is building on top of the Mono platform's handy Linker tool to turn its code-shrinking powers loose on reducing the size of .NET Core apps.

Free eBook on Xamarin.Forms Enterprise App Patterns Published

Microsoft has been publishing a series of free eBooks and other guidance about .NET application architecture best practices, with the latest focusing on Xamarin.Forms patterns.

UWP Community Toolkit 2.0 Released, for Aiding Windows 10 App Development

Microsoft released version 2.0 of the UWP Community Toolkit, a package of helper functions, controls and services for simplifying common tasks involved in coding Universal Windows Apps for Windows 10.

Clippy the Office Assistant Reborn as Visual Studio Extension

Developer Eros Fratini has resurrected Clippy, the infamous cartoon paperclip that served as an assistant for users of the Office productivity software suite many years ago.

Container Pact Strengthens Open Source Dev Ties of Red Hat, Microsoft

Just after declaring the company will support Microsoft's new .NET Core 2.0 across its open source portfolio, Red Hat further strengthened the open source development ties between the companies in a bevy of announcements, including a new container pact.

Developers Pit .NET Core 2.0 Performance Against Java, Go

It didn't take long for developers to start putting Microsoft's new .NET Core. 2.0 release through its paces in benchmark tests against alternatives.

Red Hat Dev Tools To Support .NET Core 2.0

Red Hat today announced its product portfolio -- including developer tools -- will support the new .NET Core. 2.0 standard released last week by Microsoft.

NuGet Adds Support for .NET Core 2.0, .NET Standard 2.0

Update supports .NET Core 2.0/.NET Standard 2.0 scenarios, adds new features and fixes some bugs.

AWS Cloud Offers Open Source Visual Studio Team Services Tools

It provides "tasks for Amazon S3, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Lambda and AWS CloudFormation and more," company says.

Will Blazor Save .NET Developers from 'the Insanity of JavaScript'?

Question: Is Microsoft working on .NET targeting WebAssembly so that we can get delivered from the insanity of JavaScript? Answer: Yes.

.NET Standard 2.0 Is Finalized for Consistent API Usage

The open source .NET Standard 2.0 project was finalized today, providing a formal spec for .NET APIs that should be available to developers working with all .NET implementations.

JetBrains Releases Rider, an IDE for .NET Development

Rider, a new alternative to Visual Studio for developing .NET applications that's based on IntelliJ IDEA and ReSharper, was released to manufacturing by JetBrains.

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