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.NET Core Is Key Focus of Upcoming Visual Studio Features

.NET Core, the reinvention of the Microsoft .NET Framework as an open source, cross-platform development choice, is a key focus of the upcoming features planned for the Visual Studio IDE.

New VS Code Tool Eases Writing Microsoft Documentation

A couple years ago, Microsoft revamped its developer documentation experience, turning to an open model in which anyone could contribute to the docs.microsoft.com site. Now, a new Visual Studio Code extension has been published to make that easier.

'90s-Era File Manager Open Sourced, Available as Visual Studio Solution

Microsoft's Craig Wittenberg has revived the original File Manager that first came with Windows 3.0 in 1990, getting it to run on Windows 10 and making it available as a Visual Studio solution.

SQL Operations Studio Adopts VS Code Extension Model

The extension model introduced with Visual Studio Code and subsequently tracked by the Visual Studio IDE is proving so popular it has been applied to SQL Operations Studio, Microsoft's cross-platform, open source data management tool.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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