No. 1 Visual Studio IDE Feature Request: Linux

In the "IDE" section of the "Visual Studio" section of Microsoft's Developer Community site, the No. 1 feature request -- as measured by community votes -- is "Visual Studio for Linux."

What's New for C++, .NET and More in Visual Studio 2019 v16.9 Preview 2

Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 v16.9 Preview 2 while issuing New Year wishes toward the end of "this unpredictable year" that saw the milestone .NET 5 arrive incomplete from the original vision because of tricky problems and pandemic-caused delays but nevertheless saw Visual Studio versions churned out at a steady pace.

VS Code C++ Tool Broadens ARM/ARM64 Reach

The November monthly update to the Visual Studio C++ extension continues Microsoft's embrace of ARM and ARM64 architectures, used in CPUs for mobile devices because of power efficiency and other characteristics.

Microsoft Updates Azure Mobile Apps, Ponders Future

Microsoft announced several updates to its Azure Mobile Apps service and is conducting a survey to solicit feedback on its future as an evolving concern.

TypeScript Surges in GitHub Octoverse 2020 Report

TypeScript popularity surged in GitHub's annual Octoverse report, one of the most comprehensive developer-oriented studies in the industry, focusing on the open source dev space.

Move Over, Stack Overflow: Microsoft Launches Q&A for .NET

Stack Overflow probably isn't worried, but Microsoft has launched its own Q&A site for all things .NET, seeking to provide a one-stop-shop for getting .NET technical questions answered by the community.

Developer Decries WinForms-to-Blazor Performance Degradation

Since shipping .NET 5, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and more goodies recently, Microsoft has been touting speed improvements in many components -- including the red-hot Blazor project -- but some real-world developers are finding different results.

Google Cloud Functions Supports .NET Core 3.1 (but not .NET 5)

Google Cloud Functions -- often used for serverless, event-driven projects -- now supports .NET, but the new support is a release behind Microsoft's latest .NET offering.

Visual Basic in .NET 5: Ready for WinForms Apps

With the milestone .NET 5 and Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 releases now out, Microsoft is reminding Visual Basic coders that their favorite programming language enjoys full support and the troublesome Windows Forms Designer is even complete -- almost.

In New Releases, Microsoft Lauds .NET Productivity, Visual Studio 2019 Speed

Microsoft is continuing to crow about .NET productivity and speed gains in Visual Studio 2019 following last week's mass shipments of .NET 5, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and more.

After Hiring Creator of Python VS Code Tool, Microsoft Hires Creator of Python

Microsoft is pursuing its prominent Python push in a big way, hiring the creator of the popular programming language, Guido van Rossum.

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Microsoft Turns Teams Collaboration Software into Low-Code Dev Tool

Microsoft announced a host of app development capabilities for Teams, which is fighting with competitors such as Zoom in the exploding meeting/collaboration space as the COVID-19 pandemic forces organizations to keep workers home.

ARM64 Support, Hot Reload Featured in WinUI Preview 3

Microsoft released preview 3 of WinUI 3, the latest iteration of the company's native UI platform, which features support for ARM64, a live visual tree, hot reload and much more.

GrapeCity Updates Controls for .NET 5

GrapeCity updated its suite of controls for .NET development to support the new .NET 5 milestone release that seeks to unify all of the disparate .NET offerings under one umbrella framework.

4 Experts List Favorite New EF Core 5.0 Features

Experts in the open source community surrounding Microsoft's recent EF Core 5.0 release have weighed in with their favorite new features in the object-database mapper for .NET.

Java on Visual Studio Code Adds 'Small' New Things

Apparently the regular monthly update to Java on Visual Studio Code doesn't introduce any ground-breaking new features, but rather "some 'small' new things that you would love."

Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.8 Adds Blazor WebAssembly Debugging

Along with last week's mass shipments of .NET 5, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and more, Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.8, which can now debug Blazor WebAssembly applications.

VS Code Python Updates Include New Jupyter Extension

Since Microsoft went all in on Python for its open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor years ago, the company has steadily been adding new features, tools and functionality, including a brand-new Jupyter extension that will bring Notebook coding support to other languages.

Blazor and ASP.NET Core Get Faster in .NET 5

When looking at the updates to web development in the new .NET 5 milestone release, one thing stands out: speed.

Hot Reload Revamp Leads Xamarin Updates in Visual Studio 2019 v16.8

A revamp of "hot reload" functionality headlines a bevy of improvements to Xamarin that were highlighted by Microsoft this week as it launched Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and .NET 5 during the .NET Conf 2020 online developer event.

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