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    Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview Update Adds Codespaces

    To coincide with the Microsoft Ignite 2020 IT pro/developer event, the Visual Studio dev team shipped a new update, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview 3.1, with the main attraction being support for cloud-hosted Codespaces, now in a limited beta. 09/23/2020

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    New for Blazor: Azure Static Web Apps Support

    With Blazor taking the .NET web development world by storm, one of the first announcements during Microsoft's Ignite 2020 developer/IT event was its new support in Azure Static Web Apps. 09/22/2020

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    Entity Framework Core 5 RC1 Is Feature Complete, Ready for Production

    The first release candidate for Entity Framework 5 -- Microsoft's object-database mapper for .NET -- has shipped with a go live license, ready for production. 09/21/2020

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    VS Code 1.49 (August 2020 Update) Continues Remote Development Improvements

    In the work-at-home age of COVID-19, Microsoft's open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor continues to see remote development improvements. 09/18/2020

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    Visual Studio Code's C++ Extension Hits v1.0 General Availability

    Microsoft announced the first generally available release of the C++ extension for Visual Studio Code, graduating to version 1.0 after debuting way back in April 2016, 09/17/2020

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    C++ Leads Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview 3 Improvements

    The third preview of Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 shows the usual assortment of improvements touching upon productivity for Git, the Roslyn .NET compiler platform, and especially C++. 09/17/2020

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    Microsoft Says .NET 5 Replaces .NET Standard (Except for ...)

    .NET 5 improves code sharing and replaces .NET Standard except for cases where developers need to extend the reach of their code sharing to support older frameworks such as .NET Framework or share code between specific existing frameworks. 09/16/2020

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    .NET 5 Hits 'Go Live' Status in RC1, Ready for Production

    Developers can now feel free to use .NET 5 code in production, as Microsoft has deemed the new Release Candidate 1 a "go live" release ahead of the official debut on Nov. 10 -- after one more release candidate. 09/15/2020

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    Blazor Gets Faster (Even Without AOT)

    The C#-based Blazor web development framework received a performance boost with the new Release Candidate (RC) of the unifying .NET 5, scheduled for one more RC before go-live general availability in November 09/14/2020

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    VS Code Java Team Boosts IntelliSense Performance

    Microsoft's dev team for Java on Visual Studio Code is working to improve IntelliSense performance in the popular open source code editor that acts like an IDE via its vast library of extensions. 09/11/2020

  • How to Create and Use a PyTorch DataLoader

    Dr. James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research provides a full code sample and screenshots to explain how to create and use PyTorch Dataset and DataLoader objects, used to serve up training or test data in order to train a PyTorch neural network. 09/10/2020

  • Working with Local Storage in a Blazor Progressive Web App

    Thanks to Chris Sainty and Remi Bourgarel, working with local storage from a Blazor application running either in the browser or out of it is relatively easy. Testing your code can be equally easy but only if you set up support the real world of network connections. 09/09/2020

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    Amid COVID-19 Remote-Learning Surge, Microsoft Touts Azure Cognitive Services

    With the U.S. already adjusting to the new remote-work reality caused by COVID-19, remote learning is taking center stage as the school season starts, and Microsoft is touting its Azure Cognitive Services to help. 09/08/2020

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    Visual Studio Codespaces Consolidates to GitHub Codespaces

    Microsoft caused Codespaces confusion after it renamed its Visual Studio Online offering "Visual Studio Codespaces" and subsequently GitHub, owned by the company, introduced its own Codespaces. 09/04/2020

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    VB Variants Rank High in Top-Paying Freelancer Skills, Popularity

    Visual Basic continues to rank highly in various popularity and salary indices despite being deprecated by Microsoft, with the most recent examples coming from freelance development platform Upwork and popularity index TIOBE. 09/04/2020

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    Microsoft Offers New Documentation for Blazor and gRPC in ASP.NET Core

    With .NET 5 release candidates on tap ahead of an official November GA debut, Microsoft has published new documentation for some of the hottest ASP.NET Core components, including Blazor and gRPC. 09/03/2020

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    Microsoft: 'We Are Finished with F# 5'

    While highlighting new development work on Microsoft's F# programming language alongside the latest .NET 5 preview, the company announced that, except for one minor enhancement, "we are finished with F# 5!" 09/03/2020

  • Data Prep for Machine Learning: Splitting

    Dr. James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research explains how to programmatically split a file of data into a training file and a test file, for use in a machine learning neural network for scenarios like predicting voting behavior from a file containing data about people such as sex, age, income and so on. 09/01/2020

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