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Popular Python Extension for the Visual Studio Code Editor Boosts Debugging

The Python extension for the open source Visual Studio Code editor -- the most popular offering available in the marketplace -- has been updated with improved debugging functionality.

Microsoft Open Sources Tool to Run More Linux Distros on Windows 10

Microsoft has open sourced a tool that helps official Linux distribution maintainers and other developers run their OS packages on Windows 10, via Windows Store distribution for the former or individual sideloading for the latter.

TypeScript 2.8 Officially Released: Hello Conditional Types

Less than two weeks after publishing the TypeScript 2.8 Release Candidate, Microsoft has officially launched it into general availability, bringing conditional types and more.

Visual Studio IDE Tracks VS Code Extension Model

Microsoft's flagship Visual Studio IDE is continuing to track the extension model introduced with the company's open source Visual Studio Code editor, most recently adding support for debug adapters.

What's New in Azure Data Development

Data developers using Microsoft's Azure cloud have several new offerings to work with as database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL, along with Azure Databricks, are now generally available.

'Death to JavaScript!' Blazor, for .NET Web Apps Using WebAssembly, Goes Alpha

Blazor, an experimental technology that some believe will save .NET Web coders from "the insanity of JavaScript," has been released by Microsoft in its first public preview.

High Performance Object-Oriented Data Access with Dapper

Entity Framework is fabulous ... but it does impose some overhead. If you like working with data in an O-O kind of way but feel the "need for speed," then you should be looking at Dapper.

What's New in Visual Studio Code 1.21 (February Release)

The February 2018 edition of Microsoft's lightweight, cross-platform and open source Visual Studio Code editor has shipped, with new notifications functionality, Integrated Terminal splitting and much more.

VS Code Team Posts Help Wanted Ad for More Python

Microsoft has gone all in on Python for its cross-platform, open source code editor and is now seeking more dev help after hiring the creator of a popular Python extension (7 million installs) and taking ownership of the project.

Xamarin vs. Newcomer Flutter: What Developers Say

Although it was only just released as a beta, the open source Flutter framework for cross-platform mobile app development is drawing comparisons with Microsoft's Xamarin in the developer community.

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.

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