Mobilize.Net, an "automated modernization" specialist headed by a former Microsoft corporate VP, has upgraded its Visual Basic upgrade tool to target .NET Core, the open source, cross-platform successor of the Windows-only .NET Framework.
The milestone .NET 5.0 release is now feature complete with the new Preview 8, Microsoft announced, with a couple of go-live release candidates on tap ahead of the official November ship date.
Notwithstanding Microsoft's death knell for Visual Basic, a new project scheduled to debut this fall aims to keep at least some semblance of the iconic programming language going and evolving.
On the March to .NET 5 in November, Microsoft shipped the second preview of Visual Studio 2019 v16.8, boosting functionality surrounding Git, .NET productivity and Xamarin.
"We have been working tirelessly to enable IntelliCode for more programming languages and, in the meantime, researching ways to improve the model precision and coverage to deliver an even more satisfying user experience."
TypeScript hit the v4.0 milestone, featuring a bevy of new features, improvements and fixes as the latest edition of Microsoft's popular open source programming language was said to represent the "next generation" of releases focusing more on expressivity, productivity and scalability.
Microsoft's latest monthly updates to its Azure SDKs for cloud computing include many new features, updates and fixes, highlighted by Azure Identity graduating to general availability.
"Our vision is to enable you to develop pixel-perfect, multi-platform applications using C# and WinUI," says Uno Platform, which recently announced it's getting closer to that goal with the new v3.0 update.
Microsoft's dev team responsible for the Java on Visual Studio Code extensions released a new update that eases the "getting started" experience, addressing feedback from new users who want an easier onramp.
The July 2020 release of Visual Studio Code, or version 1.48, is out with the usual bevy of improvements in accessibility, the workbench, source control, debugging and more.
Code cells from Python scripts by default will still be executed in a same interactive window, but developers can now configure the Python extension to run separate files in separate interactive windows.
Microsoft shipped Xamarin.Forms 4.8 with two new experimental features leading the improvements to the C#-based cross-platform UI toolkit: gradients/brushes for "painting" in an app and drag-and-drop functionality within an app.
With Visual Studio 2019 v16.7 officially in the books, Microsoft wasted no time in providing a peek at what lies ahead for the flagship IDE.
Google updated its increasingly popular open source Flutter UI software development toolkit that targets mobile, web and desktop apps from a single codebase, boosting functionality of the associated Visual Studio Code extensions.
Along with its Windows counterpart, Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.7, boosting functionality around ASP.NET Core, unit testing integration, Xamarin.Forms, Quick Actions/Refactorings and more.
Microsoft announced a private preview of Visual Studio Codespaces, which eases the setup and use of cloud-powered development environments that can be used from anywhere for remote development and other scenarios, targeting C++ console app and library developers.
Better GitHub integration and other improvements highlight the new Visual Studio 2019 Version 16.7 and first preview of v16.8.