What UWP Deprecation? Community Celebrates Innovative Apps in Launch 2021 Contest

For all the talk of the deprecation of Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, it still thrives in places, including the UWP Community, which just announced the winners of its Launch 2021 event that celebrates UWP apps and their development.

What's in New Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2022?

Microsoft unveiled a suite of extensions designed to improve developer productivity and efficiency in the upcoming Visual Studio 2022 release.

Preview of .NET MAUI Community Toolkit Heralds Xamarin.Forms Sunsetting

As promised, Microsoft is previewing a .NET MAUI Community Toolkit some two months before it begins to sunset its progenitor, Xamarin.Forms, long used for mobile iOS and Android app development with C# and XAML.

One-Click VS Code in Browser from GitHub Repo ('How Did I Not Know This?')

Hundreds of developers expressed amazement at a new preview feature introduced this month by GitHub: the ability to instantly open up Visual Studio Code in a browser in order to edit the source code found in any repository.

Developers Say 'No' to Tips & Tricks Help in Visual Studio 2022

"The last thing we want is for devs to be distracted or frustrated and if people don't find this helpful, we won't continue it."

TypeScript v4.4 Ships, Gets New Home Page

TypeScript, Microsoft's type-optional take on JavaScript, has shipped in version 4.4, along with receiving a home page revamp.

GitHub Copilot Security Study: 'Developers Should Remain Awake' in View of 40% Bad Code Rate

"Developers should remain vigilant ('awake') when using Copilot as a co-pilot."

Why Download Visual Studio/VS Code from Microsoft Store?

"Is there any advantage to installing them through the Windows Store rather than normally?"

Azure SDK: Goodbye QnA Maker, Hello AI 'Question Answering'

The regular monthly update to Microsoft's Azure SDK improves Cognitive Services text analytics, specifically with a new Question Answering SDK that supplants QnA Maker.


GitHub Ditches macOS for Codespaces, Now Offered for Team/Enterprise Testing

GitHub has ditched its local macOS development model in favor of its new Codespaces cloud-hosted service, which is now available for try-out to customers on Team and Enterprise cloud plans.

.NET MAUI Layouts Revamped, Developers Question Lack of Linux

New layouts were announced in .NET MAUI Preview 7, and some developers are still questioning the lack of Linux support in Microsoft's next-gen evolution of Xamarin.Forms.

Is AI Coming for Your Dev Job or Not? A Tale of Two Surveys

Will advanced AI robots replace professional software developers? Depends on who you ask.

A Decade Later, .NET Developers Still Fear Being 'Silverlighted' by Microsoft

Some 10 years after the final Microsoft Silverlight release, some developers still fear being "Silverlighted," or seeing a development product in which they have invested heavily be abandoned by Microsoft.

So Why Doesn't Microsoft Provide Its Own Blazor Component Library?

Did you ever wonder why Microsoft doesn't provide a component library for Blazor, like Angular and others do?

.NET 6 Preview 7: New Features Done, but Templates with Top-Level Statements Stir Debate

"Is there a config option for this available or do you force this on all of us?"

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GitHub Copilot AI Improved, Offered as API: 'A Taste of the Future'

"It will become possible to do more and more sophisticated things with your software just by telling it what to do."

New JavaScript/TypeScript Projects Lead Web-Dev Tweaks in VS 2022 Preview 3

Web developers might be especially interested in the new Visual Studio 2022 Preview 3 release, which introduces new JavaScript/TypeScript project types, integration with ASP.NET Core APIs, Hot Reload improvements and more.

VS Code Python Tool Revamps Jupyter Notebooks Experience

The August 2021 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code completes a revamp of the Jupyter Notebooks experience that was started more than a year ago.

VS Code 1.59: Jupyter Notebooks Go (Partly) Native, Live Preview Improved

The dev team for Visual Studio Code improved Jupyter Notebook functionality and much else in the regular monthly update to the wildly popular, open source-based, cross-platform code editor.

Windows Community Toolkit 7.1: MVVM Source Generators, Identity Authentication, ML APIs

A bevy of new features and enhancements debut in a preview of the upcoming Windows Community Toolkit 7.1 release, a collection of helpers, extensions and custom controls that simplify and demonstrate common developer tasks building UWP and .NET apps for Windows 10.