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Windows Community Toolkit Previews WPF and WinForms .NET Core 3 Packages

The new Windows Community Toolkit 5.1 update builds on functionality previously introduced for using Universal Windows Platform controls in Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation desktop applications on .NET Core 3.

Visual Studio 2019 Launch Set for April 2

A Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 Launch Event site indicates the company's flagship IDE will lift off in 53 days, 16 hours and 28 minutes (at the time of this writing) -- in other words, at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, April 2.

Microsoft Updates Blazor, Now Built on Razor Components

Microsoft shipped Blazor 0.8.0, the latest update to its experimental .NET Web framework that lets programmers use C# and HTML for browser-based apps, a province traditionally dominated by JavaScript.

VB.NET Popularity Still Rising

Visual Basic.NET is getting comfortable in its new position as a top five programming language in the TIOBE index, which measures popularity based on search engine data.

VS Code Gains Python Developer Mind Share

Much has been written here about how Microsoft's Visual Studio Code dev team has gone "all in on Python," and the effort seems to have paid off according to a new developer survey specifically devoted to the popular programming language.

What's New in Visual Studio Code January 2019 Release

The latest monthly release (January 2019, version 1.31) of the cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor comes with the usual plethora of bug fixes, tweaks and new features, with many focused on the extension mechanism that powers the open source project.

VS Code Python Tool Improves Data Science Experience

Microsoft updated its Python Extension for Visual Studio Code, building out new data science functionality that was introduced in a previous release.

What's New in TypeScript 3.3

The answer to the headline above is basically "not much," as Microsoft describes the new v3.3 update as "a smaller release than usual." But don't worry: TypeScript error messages may be displayed in haiku form in later releases, per one proposal on the roadmap.

Low-Code Windows Template Studio 3.0 Ships

Microsoft shipped Windows Template Studio 3.0, a milestone update of the open source, wizard-driven Visual Studio 2017 extension for coding Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications.

Second Previews Ship for .NET Core 3, ASP.NET Core 3

Microsoft released the second preview of .NET Core 3, building upon the first beta that introduced support for Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop projects. ASP.NET Core 3 Preview 2 also shipped for Web development (including with C# via Razor Components introduced in the Blazor effort).

Project Rome for Android and iOS Cross-Device Experiences Hits v1.0

Microsoft announced its Project Rome SDK for Android and iOS has hit version 1.0, providing cross-device and cross-platform experiences that can travel with the user in a variety of scenarios.

PowerShell Preview Extension Available for Visual Studio Code

Microsoft's PowerShell team has published a preview extension in the Visual Studio Code Marketplace to evaluate new command-line scripting options within your favorite open source, cross-platform code editor.

How .NET Core Tools Improved in Visual Studio 2019 Preview 2

The Visual Studio 2019 Preview 2 announcement didn't say much about .NET Core -- the open source, cross-platform replacement for the ageing, Windows-only .NET Framework -- but there is some new .NET Core functionality for developers in the IDE.

C# Makes GitHub's Top 5 Machine Learning Languages List

Although Python is the widely recognized de facto, go-to programming language for machine learning and many other artificial intelligence projects, a new study shows C# is holding its own in the space.

Visual Studio Code Gets HDInsight Tools for Big Data Analytics

Microsoft announced HDInsight Tools for Visual Studio Code is now generally available, letting coders do Big Data analytics right from within the cross-platform, open source code editor.

Windows 10 Mobile Revival Effort Grows

An effort among users beseeching Microsoft to rethink the impending end of Windows 10 Mobile seems to be picking up steam after the platform's latest death knell.

Visual Studio 2019 Gets Closer with Preview 2

Visual Studio 2019 is expected to ship in the first half of this year, and it just took another step on that journey with the release of its second preview that improves just about every area of the IDE experience.

Progress Previews Telerik UI for Blazor

In response to developer requests, .NET-centric tooling specialist Progress is supporting Microsoft's experimental Blazor project for C# Web development in a major new release of its UI-focused components.

Microsoft Garage's XAML Studio Does Real-Time UWP UI Changes

The Microsoft Garage initiative for experimental hacking projects championed by interns and staffers has come out with new tools including XAML Studio, used to smooth iterative development by quickly prototyping Universal Windows Project apps.

New Xamarin Controls Highlight Syncfusion's Update of .NET-Centric UI Components

.NET development tools specialist Syncfusion is out with another update of its UI components suite, with new Xamarin controls of special interest to mobile developers.

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