The sprawling State of the Octoverse 2019 report on all things GitHub shows Visual Studio Code is once again the No. 1 project on the open source development platform, and C# has risen in the ranks of programming language popularity.
Microsoft, which now calls itself an open source company, announced two new projects that serve to live up to that moniker, one for microservices and one for Kubernetes applications.
A data visualization tool some four years in the making from Microsoft Research has been open sourced, available for use as an extension for Visual Studio Code or Azure Data Studio.
Functional programming devotees welcomed the general availability of F# 4.7 along with the release of .NET Core 3.0 and associated tooling.
The open source Uno Platform announced new integration with Xamarin.Forms that lets developers take existing XF mobile apps to the Web, using WebAssembly.
Developers using Java tooling with Visual Studio Code now have a better "Getting Started" experience thanks to new functionality in the September Java extensions update.
A GitHub issue titled "Google feedback on TypeScript 3.5" rips the "painful" release for causing more than the usual amount of upgrade problems across Google's repository of billions of lines of code.
Microsoft has shipped TypeScript 3.6, with a new "playground" stemming from an independent open source developer serving as an example of community collaboration improving world-class software.
Microsoft shipped Web Template Studio 2.0, a wizard-driven Visual Studio Code extension for quickly creating a foundation for a full-stack Web app.
Microsoft has boosted the functionality of its GitHub Actions, automated workflows for the sprawling open source code repository and development platform it acquired in 2018.
Snyk, an open source security specialist, published a new report on .NET security, finding that remote code execution, cross-site scripting and denial-of-service vulnerabilities account for two-thirds of the known vulnerabilities in the .NET ecosystem.
The always-tricky prospect of changing Visual Studio Code icons has been realized with the July update, version 1.37, of the open source, cross-platform code editor that has become wildly popular in the development community.
The much-requested semantic colorization -- colorization of tokens even when they are out of context, thus providing colorization beyond that of syntax -- may not sound like a big deal, but it was fairly complicated to enact.
Microsoft's investment will turbocharge OpenAI's efforts toward artificial general intelligence (AGI) and drive development of next-generation solutions and platforms.
- By Michael Desmond
Updated Python functionality heads a list of enhancements to Microsoft's Bot Framework SDK, facilitating conversational artificial intelligence development for a number of application channels, such as Skype, Teams, Slack and so on.