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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, a mobile-centric resource for building, testing, releasing and monitoring apps, now supports WPF and WinForms desktop development.
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.
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 is continuing its long deprecation of VBScript in its Internet Explorer 11 Web browser for security reasons.
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 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.
Microsoft Research is unveiling its latest AI initiative, one that aims to help "democratize AI" with a new open-source framework that will leverage blockchain technology.
- By John K. Waters
The much-requested semantic colorization -- colorization of tokens even when they are out of context, thus providing colorization beyond that of syntax -- may not sound like a big deal, but it was fairly complicated to enact.
Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 16.3 Preview 1, which is required for developers wanting to try out the new production-ready .NET Core 3.0 Preview 7, released yesterday.
Microsoft shipped Visual Studio for Mac 8.2, with support for C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0, the latter of which was just declared ready for production coding. Also released was Preview 1 of VS for Mac 8.3.
Microsoft shipped the seventh previews of Entity Framework Core 3.0 and Entity Framework 6.3, as the whole .NET Core 3.0 offering has become production-ready in its own Preview 7.
NET Core 3.0 is nearing the finish line, with the dev team transitioning from creating new features to just polishing the release while announcing a new production-ready preview 7.
Updated Python functionality heads a list of enhancements to Microsoft's Bot Framework SDK, facilitating conversational artificial intelligence development for a number of application channels, such as Skype, Teams, Slack and so on.
Microsoft's investment will turbocharge OpenAI's efforts toward artificial general intelligence (AGI) and drive development of next-generation solutions and platforms.
- By Michael Desmond