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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.

.NET Core: To Port or Not to Port?

Microsoft cautions that not all projects are good candidates for moving off .NET Framework to .NET Core, which is optimized for building highly scalable Web applications running on Windows, macOS or Linux.

UWP Community Toolkit Catches Up to Fall Creators Update SDK

With the help of volunteer coders, Microsoft shipped UWP Community Toolkit 2.1, adding features that more closely align the open source app-building kit with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK.

F# Now Targets .NET Core Projects in Visual Studio

Microsoft's F# functional programming language now lets Visual Studio coders target .NET Core and .NET Standard projects.

Visual Studio Dev Lead Leaves for Google's Flutter Team, with a Few Parting Shots

Tim Sneath, a former principal lead program manager for Visual Studio and 17-year Microsoft veteran, has joined Google to work on that company's Flutter mobile app development framework, leaving behind a few parting shots about Microsoft's missteps in the client space.

Microsoft Updates Java Debugger for VS Code

Microsoft updated the open source Java debugger for Visual Studio Code, adding support for Java 9 among other improvements.

VS Code Finally Gets Multi-Root Workspaces

Visual Studio Code development is marching on to its steady monthly release cadence, knocking off user feature requests one by one, with multi-root workspaces topping the new v1.18 iteration.

VS Code Goes All In on Python

The Visual Studio Code team hired the developer of the code editor's most popular Python extension, took over the project as its own and is hiring more Python coders to improve it.

Electron.NET Uses ASP.NET Core 2.0 for Cross-Platform Desktop Apps

Two Microsoft MVPs have collaborated on a project called Electron.NET that uses the open source ASP.NET Core 2.0 framework to create cross-platform desktop apps running on Windows, OSX and Linux.

What's Coming for Visual Studio Code

Microsoft published the roadmap for Visual Studio Code, giving developers a glimpse into upcoming features for the popular, open source, lightweight code editor.

Microsoft Updates R Distro for Big Data Analytics

Microsoft R Open, the company's enhanced, open source distribution of the R programming language especially suited for Big Data statistical analysis and data science, has been upgraded.

Microsoft Updates Entity Framework, Even as EF Core Ascends

Microsoft shipped a new release of the nine-year-old Entity Framework object/relational mapper (O/RM) runtime even as it cedes mindshare to the newer, lightweight, open source and cross-platform version, Entity Framework Core.

Java Debugger for VS Code Goes Open Source

Less than a month after Microsoft released a Visual Studio Code extension to provide Java debugging, the company announced it was such a big hit that it's been improved and open sourced, as promised.

VS Code: Brought to You by 15,000 Developers

It's open source, cross-platform, lightweight, increasingly popular, widely described as being performant, endlessly extensible and easy to use -- and is brought to you by some 15,000 community contributors.

Microsoft Releases .NET Framework 4.7.1

Microsoft shipped the latest iteration of its foundational .NET Framework, version 4.7.1, adding support for .NET Standard 2.0 among a host of other improvements to accessibility, security, performance, reliability and more.

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