Open Source


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.

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.

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.

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.

Qt Visual Studio Tools Updated for Cross-Platform C++ Development

The Qt Company has updated its Qt Visual Studio Tools extension for C++ development in Microsoft's flagship IDE, offering a new beta version compatible with Visual Studio 2017.

New 'Proper Terminal for Visual Studio' Is Experimental (for Now)

Microsoft's Scott Hanselman is trying to drum up interest in a community project created to provide an integrated terminal for command-line operations from within the Visual Studio IDE.

Better Debugging Highlights Microsoft's Node-ChakraCore Branch of Node.js

Microsoft continues to update its Node-ChakraCore project, which started out to expand the reach of Node.js with an open source branch and then changed direction to improve Node.js functionality such as debugging, its No. 1 pain point.

CodePush Now Part of Visual Studio Mobile Center

Microsoft announced its Visual Studio Mobile Center -- a back-end "mission control for mobile apps" -- now supports CodePush updates of JavaScript-based apps.

Survey: Devs Love Visual Studio Tooling, but Not for UWP Apps

Developers surveyed by Ionic really love Visual Studio Code and like Visual Studio proper, but they're using those tools to mostly target non-Windows platforms.

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Once Upon a Time, Microsoft Opposed Open Source Development

Those days are long gone, but Microsoft was at one time a notorious anti-open source company. It's turned that notion upside down within a decade, and is now a member of several foundations whose purposes are to steer open source development deep into the cloud.

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