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Basic Will Never Die: Microsoft Open Sources GW-BASIC

Microsoft has open sourced GW-BASIC, a programming language developed some 38 years ago. GW-BASIC and variants such as QBasic, QuickBasic and others provided the onramp to computer programming for many industry veterans.

Next for Blazor: AOT for 'Massive Speed Gains'

Blazor guru Steve Sanderson provided a peek at what's coming up for Blazor during a Build presentation this week.

New Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.6 Features Integrated Terminal, Blazor WebAssembly Templates

Microsoft's Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.6 was announced at this week's Build developer conference, featuring an integrated terminal, templates for Blazor WebAssembly applications and gRPC service projects, fixes for crashes and hangs, and more.

Build Developer Conference: What's New with C# and F#

Microsoft provided updates on its flagship .NET-centric programming languages, C# and F#, during this week's online Build developer conference.

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Visual Studio 2019 16.6 Ships with ML.NET Model Builder, Codespaces, WinForms Designer Previews

Working from their home offices, Microsoft developers have shipped Visual Studio 2019 16.6 and the first preview of v16.7 with a slew of new features available in previews, including built-in ML.NET Model Builder functionality, expanded support for Codespaces, a Windows Forms designer for .NET Core projects and more.

Microsoft Unveils Unifying .NET Multi-Platform App UI for Mobile/Desktop

The dream of one cross-platform .NET scheme for every type of project and target is becoming closer to a reality.

Blazor Finally Complete as WebAssembly Joins Server-Side Component

It's been a long time coming, but .NET developers can now finally enjoy a full-stack, production-ready Blazor framework for creating web applications with C# instead of JavaScript. At Microsoft's big Build developer conference today, the company announced that Blazor WebAssembly 3.2 -- the client-side component -- is joining Blazor Server.

COVID-19 Delays Unifying .NET 5 Features

.NET 5 will still ship this November, but it won't have all the unifying "just one .NET going forward" functionality that Microsoft originally planned because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Show Highlights DevExpress Desktop Controls

The Visual Studio Toolbox show on Microsoft's Channel 9 video site this week took a look at desktop components from third-party vendor DevExpress.

VS Code Python Update Tweaks Interpreter Path Functionality

The May 2020 update of Visual Studio Code's Python extension -- by far the most popular tool in the marketplace -- is mostly routine with a lot of fixes and minor tweaks, though developers showed interest in changes to interpreter path functionality.

New for VS Code: MongoDB, Kite AI-Powered JavaScript Completions

This week sees several significant additions to the Visual Studio Code ecosystem: an update to the Python extension; the popular open source MongoDB database; and AI-powered JavaScript code completions from Kite.

TypeScript 3.9 Ships with Faster Compile Times

Microsoft shipped TypeScript 3.9, quickening the compile times for the increasingly popular programming language used to write software ranging from Angular and Vue to Visual Studio Code.

New 'Source Generators' Stir Up the C# Crowd

Who knew there were so many C# library authors out there? New C# Source Generators unveiled in preview by the .NET and Languages dev team immediately garnered a lot of interest in the .NET dev camp, with more than 100 comments tacked on to an introductory post.

C++ Videos from Microsoft Online Conference Now Available for All

One nice thing about the increasing number of online developer events is that the goodies are often made readily available for all to learn from shortly after the live presentations.

Amid COVID-19, VS Code 1.45 Boosts Remote Development, in Preview

The team continued to improve remote development functionality, especially important during the work-from-home surge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Container functionality receives a boost in the April update.

After Visual Studio Online Renamed 'Codespaces,' GitHub Announces 'Codespaces'

Seemingly feeling the need to stir up some more naming confusion, Microsoft-owned GitHub this week announced Codespaces -- a new cloud-hosted development environment based on Visual Studio Code -- just a week after Visual Studio Online was renamed Visual Studio Codespaces.

TypeScript 3.9 Release Candidate Boosts Speed, Editor Functionality

As TypeScript 3.9 approaches general availability in the next couple weeks or so, the new release candidate boasts several improvements, along with better code editor functionality and other tweaks.

VS Online Revamped, Renamed Codespaces in COVID-19 Remote Development Surge

Microsoft has renamed its Visual Studio Online cloud-hosted development environment to Visual Studio Codespaces, also adding new features and lowering prices.

Registration Open for Online Microsoft Build 2020 Developer Conference

Microsoft has opened up registration for the 2020 Build conference, which is now an online virtual event amid the COVID-19 pandemic and which is refocused on its core audience, developers.

VS Code Java Update Continues Performance Improvement

Microsoft has shipped the April 2020 update to the Java extension for its open-source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor, continuing a performance improvement effort.

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