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Open Source at the Heart of Microsoft's Intelligent Cloud Development Efforts

At the company's Azure OpenDev online presentation, Microsoft and its open source partners showcased a number of tools and resources meant to provide developers a leg up on developing for the "intelligent cloud & an intelligent edge."

Infragistics Ultimate UI Suite Adds Xamarin Support

Infragistics' UI controls suite comes with Xamarin-tuned controls via a Xamarin Productivity Pack full of templates, code snippets, pre-built configuration files, and more.

A Ton of Changes in TFS 2017 Update 2 RC1

That's not to say that the second release candidate for the most recent Team Foundation Services 2017 Update 2 weighs a ton, but the changes across the feature set have some weight to them: the introduction of delivery plans, and a bevy of work item tracking, pull request, build and release, and version control improvements.

A Recharged Visual Studio Code 1.13 (and What's With 1.11 and 1.12?)

There have been some significant changes to Visual Studio Code from March to now; with the May 2017 Build, specific settings that were in preview -- editor drag and drop, minimaps, to name a few -- are now enabled by default.

Azure Cosmos DB Is Out of This World

Microsoft dubs it the "first globally distributed, multi-model database service delivering turnkey global distribution with guaranteed uptime and millisecond latency at the 99th percentile." Also announced: Azure DB for MySQL and PostGreSQL previews.

Entity Framework 6.2 Emerges Out of Preview

This more fully-fledged version of Microsoft's object relational/mapper is now at the initial beta testing stage, with quicker startups and a number of fixes from the preview, but there's also more work to do to resolve some issues that can impact EF providers. Also: a list of new features of the EF Core 2.0 preview released at Build.

Azure Database Migration Service in Limited Preview

With previews announced at Microsoft's Build Conference, the database migration service will allow developers to migrate on-premises databases to the cloud without so much as a hiccup.

Microsoft Build 2017: Evolving the Mobile-First, Cloud-First Message

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella provided the framework of Microsoft's developer tooling and services so far and a nicely detailed glimpse into future direction. Then EVP Scott Guthrie detailed the vast number of new and upcoming offerings as a preview to the sessions taking place the rest of the week.

NativeScript 3.0 Updated

NativeScript has undergone a major revision, with version 3.0 sporting improvements in cross-platform module implementations, command-line interface, and runtimes.

TFS 2017's Team Explorer Solution Has Issues, It Seems

A Team Explorer-like solution that was excluded from TFS 2017 when Visual Studio 2017 launched is now available, but there are still issues with quality. Plus, Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 4 is now generally available.

SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0 Now Available

The RDBMS formerly known as SQL Server vNext is now out as SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0.

Visual Studio 2017 Preview 15.2 Loads Up on Workloads

Among the highlights in this early and raw preview include additional workloads for data science, Python, and gaming, and a slew of fixes that correct one particularly vexing installation issue and errors that have cropped up in Team Explorer.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds in More Linux Support

There's no rest for Windows developers, as one of the more interesting parts of the next Windows 10 release that's accessible by insiders, Build 16176 for PC, is improved support for Windows Subsystem for Linux.

End is Nigh for CodePlex, Visual Studio 2008

Two wholly unrelated end-of-life events are on the horizon, one for the once-popular CodePlex source code sharing site built by Microsoft, and the other for a waning Visual Studio 2008.

TypeScript Gets Closer To ECMAScript

The release candidate for version 2.3 of the JavaScript-like language adds more support for several ECMAscript features and capabilities, including downlevel generator and iterator support when targeting ES versions 3 and 5.

Developers Can Dive into Windows 10 Creators Update

The Windows Developer group opened up the Windows 10 Creators Update and its SDK today, and that gives developers the opportunity to officially start tapping into its gaming and AI capabilities.

New Release: .NET Framework 4.7

With the impending release of Windows 10 Creators Update, there's a new version 4.7 of the .NET Framework that has High DPI support for Windows Forms applications, touch support for WPF applications, and enhanced cryptography support.

Faster, More Creative Visual Studio 2017 Update

Support for Windows 10 Creators Update SDK and Xamarin Workbooks, updates to the Redgate Data Tools, and a number of performance enhancements are good reasons for developers to take heed with this VS 2017 update.

Visual Studio Team Services Runs Right Along at 115

Like clockwork, the Visual Studio team has Visual Studio Team Services rolling out with Sprint 115, with improvements in pull requests and the package management UI, and lots of progress in automation via DevOps.

Syncfusion Beefs Up Essentials Studio with Visual Studio 2017 Support

Syncfusion Essential Studio 2017 adds bevy of new controls for charts, text, and provides more responsive menus. Bonus: It's all now .NET Standard-compliant.

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