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Move Over XAML, Xamarin.Forms Now Does Markup in C#

Although C# markup for Xamarin.Forms has been available since Xamarin.Forms 4.6 (it's now at v4.7) debuted this spring, it was just "introduced" on the Microsoft Developer Blogs site by creator Vincent Hoogendoorn.

.NET 5 Performance Improvements Cited with 250-Plus Pull Requests

Stephen Toub has documented performance improvements coming in .NET 5, the milestone all-things-.NET unification effort debuting in November that completes Microsoft's transition from the ageing Windows-only .NET Framework to the open source, cross-platform .NET Core direction.

New JavaScript Debugger Now Default in VS Code 1.47 (June 2020 Release)

Oft-cited No. 1 development tool Visual Studio Code has a new debugger for the oft-cited No. 1 programming language, JavaScript, in the new June 2020 release of Visual Studio Code, version 1.47.

Azure Machine Learning Studio Web Debuts

Microsoft announced the Azure Machine Learning studio web experience is generally available with a bunch of new features. Here's what's new.

Visual Studio 2019 v16.7 Preview 3 Boosts Linux-Based C++ Development

We reported that Visual Studio 2019 v16.7 Preview 2 -- <a href="https://visualstudiomagazine.com/articles/2020/06/04/vs-2019-16-7-preview-2.aspx" target="_blank">released</a> early last month -- sported a C++ focus, and that holds true for Preview 3.

Popularity Index: Classic Visual Basic Hangs In There

While the latest TIOBE Index of programming language popularity isn't earth-shaking -- focusing on an all-time high for statistical language R -- perhaps the the biggest surprise is this: Classic Visual Basic (VB6) is still in the top 20.

AWS Cloud Helps Users Port .NET Framework Apps to .NET Core

Amazon Web Services introduced a tool to help its cloud computing users port their .NET Framework apps to .NET Core, the open source, cross-platform successor to the 18-year-old, Windows-only legacy framework.

VS Code Gets New Python Language Server, Named After Monty Python Character

The dev team for Python in Visual Studio Code announced a new tool to provide those smarts, Pylance, named after a character created by the British Monty Python surreal comedy troupe.

VS Code Java Devs Get 'CALL TO ACTION' to Upgrade to Java 11

Developers using Visual Studio Code for Java development will soon be required to use Java 11, thanks to a recent decision of the Eclipse Platform.

What's New for TypeScript and F#

Microsoft updated tools for its functional programming-oriented F# language and announced a beta for the milestone TypeScript 4.0 release scheduled for Aug. 4.

Blazor WebAssembly Template Lands in .NET 5 Preview 6

Microsoft shipped Preview 6 of the unifying .NET 5 framework, with several updates being added to the web site development component of the framework -- ASP.NET Core -- including the addition of a Blazor WebAssembly template.

.NET 5 Now 2 Steps Away from Feature Complete

Microsoft shipped the sixth preview of .NET 5, saying the milestone release designed to combine all things .NET is only two steps away from becoming feature complete in preview 8, with the final GA release scheduled for November.

Microsoft Furthers Big Java Push with OpenJDK Port

Microsoft is furthering its big Java push -- marked by last year's debut of the Java Engineering Group in its Developer Division -- by porting OpenJDK for Windows 10 on Arm (AArch64)-based devices.

Kubernetes Machine Learning Hacked for Crypto Mining in Azure Cloud

Hackers managed to exploit user misconfigurations -- apparently done for convenience -- to launch cryptocurrency mining campaigns leveraging powerful Kubernetes machine learning nodes in the Azure cloud, Microsoft announced earlier this month.

Python in Visual Studio Code Gets a Start Page

Among the improvements to Python functionality in the open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor is a new start page highlighting the latest features, changes, tutorials and more.

Xamarin.Forms 4.7 Ships

Microsoft shipped Xamarin.Forms 4.7, improving the definition of grid columns and rows, multi-bindings, shapes/paths and more.

Move Over, JSON, Here's gRPC-Web for .NET (& Blazor)

Microsoft officially released gRPC-Web for .NET, aiming the RPC-based (Remote Procedure Call) framework at browser-based apps, including those built with Blazor, the red-hot project that allows for creating browser/web apps with C# instead of JavaScript.

VS Code May 2020 Update Features Tips, Remote Development Talks from Build

While announcing the usual plethora of new and improved features and functionality in the May 2020 update of the open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor, the dev team included a new twist: talks on tips and tricks, remote development, and the history of VS Code presented in the recent Build 2020 developer conference.

VS Code Go Language Extension Goes from Microsoft to Google

Citing the need for "more maintenance and support," Microsoft and Google have announced that further development of the Microsoft-led Go programming language extension for Visual Studio Code has been taken over by Google.

Microsoft Ships 5th Previews of .NET 5, Entity Framework Core 5

Microsoft today announced the fifth previews of .NET 5.0 and Entity Framework Core 5.0 en route to a November general release date, though not all of the planned functionality will be finalized by then because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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