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VS Code Java Team Boosts IntelliSense Performance

Microsoft's dev team for Java on Visual Studio Code is working to improve IntelliSense performance in the popular open source code editor that acts like an IDE via its vast library of extensions.

Amid COVID-19 Remote-Learning Surge, Microsoft Touts Azure Cognitive Services

With the U.S. already adjusting to the new remote-work reality caused by COVID-19, remote learning is taking center stage as the school season starts, and Microsoft is touting its Azure Cognitive Services to help.

VB Variants Rank High in Top-Paying Freelancer Skills, Popularity

Visual Basic continues to rank highly in various popularity and salary indices despite being deprecated by Microsoft, with the most recent examples coming from freelance development platform Upwork and popularity index TIOBE.

Visual Studio Codespaces Consolidates to GitHub Codespaces

Microsoft caused Codespaces confusion after it renamed its Visual Studio Online offering "Visual Studio Codespaces" and subsequently GitHub, owned by the company, introduced its own Codespaces.

Microsoft Offers New Documentation for Blazor and gRPC in ASP.NET Core

With .NET 5 release candidates on tap ahead of an official November GA debut, Microsoft has published new documentation for some of the hottest ASP.NET Core components, including Blazor and gRPC.

Microsoft: 'We Are Finished with F# 5'

While highlighting new development work on Microsoft's F# programming language alongside the latest .NET 5 preview, the company announced that, except for one minor enhancement, "we are finished with F# 5!"

Microsoft Survey: Developers Held Back by Lack of 'Native AOT' in .NET Core

Lack of native ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation in .NET Core is a sore spot for Microsoft, which just published results of a survey indicating that this missing option is holding developers back from using the framework more.

Firm Automates Converting Visual Basic Apps to .NET Core

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.

Blazor WebAssembly Gets Lazy Loading

Blazor enhancements show strongly in the list of ASP.NET Core updates included in this week's release of .NET 5 Preview 8, with lazy loading of assemblies for the client-side component heading the list of improvements to the open source framework that allows for web development in C# instead of JavaScript.

.NET 5 Now 'Feature Complete' with Preview 8, Go Live Release Candidates Up Next

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.

Mercury Is Latest 3rd-Party Visual Basic Effort: 'Multiplatform VB++'

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.

Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview 2 Hones Git Integration, Xamarin

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.

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IntelliCode Advances with First Deep Learning Model for Python in VS Code

"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."

New Angular Extension Provides Language 'Smartness' in Visual Studio IDE

Developer feedback gathered by Microsoft led to the JavaScript/TypeScript Tools team developing a Visual Studio extension to boost programming projects based on Angular, Google's popular TypeScript-based web application framework.

Microsoft Ships 'Next-Gen' TypeScript 4.0 Milestone

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.

What's New in Azure SDKs: Identity Goes GA and More

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.

Now Out: Uno Platform 3.0 (C# + WinUI), Previewing Linux Support

"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.

Formerly a Proprietary 'Evil Empire,' Microsoft Shows Off Embrace of Open Source

It's well known how Microsoft has transformed from a proprietary, monolithic software "Evil Empire" to an inclusive, open source champion, but just in case you didn't get the message yet, a new company site will do the trick.

VS Code Java Team Improves 'Getting Started' Experience

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.

What's New in Visual Studio Code 1.48 (July 2020 Update)

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.

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