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Xamarin.Forms 4.2 Boosts Shell, But Devs Clamor for UWP Support

Microsoft just shipped Xamarin.Forms 4.2 with enhanced Shell functionality to provide basic features required in iOS and Android apps, but many mobile developers are clamoring for Shell to support Universal Windows Platform development.

Low-Code Web Template Studio 2.0 Ships for VS Code Full-Stack Web Apps

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.

Azure Functions Now Supports Python

Azure Functions, Microsoft's take on cloud-hosted, serverless, event-driven computing, now officially supports the Python programming language.

Q&A on Container Development in Visual Studio 2019: Debugging Pains, Tips, Tools and More

Container development provides many benefits, such as platform independence and portability, improved productivity, greater efficiency and so on. However, consultant/trainer Benjamin Day says the "dirty little secret" about container development is that it can be a <i>huge</i> pain.

Visual Studio Gets 'Developer PowerShell' Prompt

With Visual Studio 2019 16.2, the Tools menu now includes items for "Developer Command Prompt" and "Developer PowerShell," the latter of which was requested by more than 1,800 developers in an informal poll last year.

Windows Patch Tuesday Update Borks Visual Basic Apps for Days

An automatic update among last week's Patch Tuesday security fixes ended up wreaking havoc with existing applications sporting Visual Basic code, borking them for days until an optional update to fix the problem was published.

Q&A with AI Developer Henk Boelman: Hands-On with Microsoft's New AI and IoT Technologies

We caught up with Henk Boelman, Microsoft AI MVP and Cloud AI Architect, to learn more about what's exciting in AI, his favorite features in Microsoft Cognitive Services and Windows IoT and the latest updates on his upcoming day-long hands-on lab for Live! 360, "Build Your Own A.I. Powered Robot."

Visual Studio Closeup: Better Search, Python, C++, Game Development, More

Even though Python is becoming increasingly tied to the popular Visual Studio Code editor, Microsoft has been busy infusing its flagship Visual Studio IDE with better Python functionality and a host of other improvements touching upon search, C++ and more.

.NET Core 3.0 Preview 8 Ships as General Availability Approaches

Microsoft shipped .NET Core 3.0 Preview 8 ahead of next month's expected general availability release furthering the company's new direction for the cross-platform, open source .NET ecosystem.

Previews Released for Entity Framework Core 3.0 and Entity Framework 6.3

Microsoft has shipped the eighth previews for Entity Framework Core 3.0 and Entity Framework 6.3, with the dev team continuing its efforts to revamp problematic LINQ functionality.

Visual Studio 2019 v16.3 Preview 2 Puts XAML Hot Reload in Public Preview

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3 Preview 2 graduates the XAML Hot Reload feature for Xamarin.Forms from private preview to public preview, letting all .NET mobile developers try it out.

GitHub Actions for Automated Workflows Now Supports CI/CD

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.

Blazor Visual Studio Templates Renamed as .NET Core 3.0 Finish Line Nears

Even though the groundbreaking .NET Core 3.0 is nearing general availability and the dev team has switched gears to focus on stability and reliability, new tweaks and enhancements are still appearing in the latest preview 8.

Security Report: Remote Code Execution Is Top .NET Threat Type

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.

Visual Studio App Center Adds Desktop Development

Visual Studio App Center, a mobile-centric resource for building, testing, releasing and monitoring apps, now supports WPF and WinForms desktop development.

Visual Studio Code Icon Change Completed in July 2019 Update

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.

VS Code Python Tool Offers Insiders Program

The August 2019 update of the super-popular Python extension for Visual Studio Code comes with an easy opt-in to the Insiders program (pre-release feature access), along with several tweaks, fixes and enhancements.

Microsoft Killing VBScript in Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft is continuing its long deprecation of VBScript in its Internet Explorer 11 Web browser for security reasons.

Azure IoT Dev Tooling, Security Service Make GA Debuts

Microsoft-centric Internet of Things (IoT) development was bolstered with the recent release of Azure IoT Edge Tooling and Azure Security Center for IoT, both of which are now generally available.

Microsoft Tackles Visual Studio Feature Request 'Black Box' Problems

Microsoft is seeking to open up the "black box" of its Visual Studio feature request mechanism that can anger and frustrate developers who provide tooling feedback.

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