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Microsoft Ships Preview SDK, Guidance for New Dual-Screen Mobile Era

Microsoft announced a new SDK and developer guidance for dealing with the new dual-screen mobile era, ushered in by the advent of ultra-portable devices such as the Surface Duo.

Microsoft: Move from Traditional ASP.NET to 'Core' Requires 'Heavy Lifting'

There are plenty of reasons to move traditional ASP.NET web apps -- part of the old .NET Framework -- to the new cross-platform direction, ASP.NET Core, but beware it will require some "heavy lifting," Microsoft says.

Blazor's Future: gRPC Is Key

Blazor guru Steve Sanderson detailed what Microsoft is thinking about the future of the revolutionary project that enables .NET-based web development using C# instead of JavaScript, explaining how gRPC is key, along with a new way of testing and a scheme for installable desktop apps.

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Microsoft Points Blazor to Native Mobile Apps

Blazor, the red-hot Microsoft project that lets .NET developers use C# for web development instead of JavaScript, is now being pointed toward the mobile realm, targeting native iOS and Android apps.

C#, .NET and SQL Server Make List of Top In-Demand Programming Skills

Microsoft-centric technologies are featured prominently in a new examination of the top in-demand programming skills published by careers site Dice.com.

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New Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.4 Does ASP.NET Core Blazor Server Applications

Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4, adding support for creating ASP.NET Core Blazor Server applications, part of the company's red-hot Blazor project to enable Web development with C# instead of JavaScript.

What's New for Java Developers in Visual Studio Code

Microsoft touted the introduction of long-awaited "Call Hierarchy" support and some UI updates in the year's first update to Java functionality in the Visual Studio Code editor.

Santa Hat Icon in VS Code Creates 'SantaGate,' Locks Down Repository

The Visual Studio Code development team placed a Santa hat on the settings gear icon in the IDE as has been done in the past for the holiday season, but this year someone objected.

.NET Core 2.2 End of Life Is Dec. 23

Microsoft has advised developers that .NET Core 2.2's support life will end next Monday, Dec. 23, so they should upgrade.

C# Passes Visual Basic .NET in Programming Language Popularity Index

Microsoft's C# programming language has passed Visual Basic .NET on the TIOBE Index -- which measures language popularity -- and is even in the running for being named "Programming Language of the Year" for 2019.

Up Next: .NET 5

Now that Microsoft has shipped .NET Core 3.1, the next stop on the .NET Core roadmap is just plain old .NET 5 with no "Core" and no "Framework" -- it's all just .NET from here on.

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Visual Studio Code v1.41 Continues Remote Development Push

The November 2019 release of Visual Studio Code, version 1.41, is out with a number of improvements including more work to improve remote development functionality.

Xamarin.Forms 4.4 Adds CarouselView

Microsoft announced Xamarin.Forms 4.4, with a new CarouselView heading a list of new features and functionality for the open-source, cross-platform mobile UI library and development framework.

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Microsoft Data Analysis: .NET for Jupyter Notebooks, DataFrame for .NET

With the maturation of the open-source, cross-platform .NET Core initiative, Microsoft has been upping its data science analysis tooling lately, previewing .NET Core with Jupyter Notebooks functionality and a DataFrame type for .NET for easier data exploration.

Visual Studio's 'Find in Files' Gets Modernization Revamp

Now that Visual Studio 2019 v16.4 has shipped, the dev team is turning to new priorities in the v16.5 preview round, including the IDE's "Find in Files" feature, which is getting a modernization revamp.

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Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.4 Preview Adds ASP.NET Core Scaffolding

Scaffolding support for ASP.NET Core projects heads the list of new features added to Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4 Preview 4, helping developers get head starts on projects with automatically generated boilerplate code.

Xamarin Mobile Developers Get XAML Hot Reload in Visual Studio 2019 v16.4

Xamarin mobile developers using Visual Studio gained some functionality common to other IDEs as XAML Hot Reload for Xamarin.Forms was introduced with the new Visual Studio 2019 v16.4 release.

HockeyApp Scores Its Last Goal

Microsoft's HockeyApp -- the strange-sounding tool for continuously building, testing, releasing and monitoring apps -- has scored its last goal, being retired and sent to the permanent bench in favor of Visual Studio App Center.

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Azure Functions 3.0, for Serverless Cloud Computing, Goes Live

Microsoft announced Azure Functions 3.0, its event-driven, serverless cloud computing platform, has reached version 3.0, ready for production -- with a catch.

Research Says SQL Server Faster on Azure than on AWS

Research firm GigaOm compared throughput performance between SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines and SQL Server on AWS EC2, finding the former enjoyed a definite speed edge.

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