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Popularity Index Charts Rise of VB.NET

Microsoft's oft-maligned Visual Basic .NET was the big mover in the December TIOBE index of programming language popularity -- and even TIOBE was surprised.

JNBridge Kit Addresses Azure Logic Apps Connector Shortcomings

The new R&D Showcase Kit addresses an ongoing enterprise challenge: interoperability issues between Azure Logic Apps and existing JMS-based messaging infrastructure.

GitHub Adds Security Alerts for Java and .NET

The popular code repository and social coding platform recently acquired by Microsoft launched the feature last year, initially covering JavaScript and Ruby. Python coverage was added earlier this year.

Open Source Visual Studio Code Extension Helps Create Alexa Skills

The Amazon Alexa dev team has published an open source extension for developers using the Visual Studio Code editor to create and deploy Alexa skills.

Microsoft's F# Functional Programming Language Shaped by Open Source Community

Much has been made of Microsoft's embrace of open source and shift toward interoperability and collaboration, and that trend is exemplified in the new preview release of F#.

Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio 2019 Plans

John Montgomery, director of Program Management for Visual Studio, for the first time published an official announcement of the next edition of the company's flagship IDE, Visual Studio 2019.

Microsoft Unveils Open Source, Cross-Platform Machine Learning Framework

Artificial inteligence and machine learning are dominant themes of new developer tooling being introduced at Microsoft's Build developer conference this week, and ML.NET is a prime example.

Visual Studio Code Taps Java-Based Jetty Web Server

Microsoft announced a new extension for its Visual Studio Code editor that supports Jetty for Java.

From Windows 3.0 to Windows 10, File Manager Is Reborn

Microsoft has open sourced the original File Manager first introduced with Windows 3.0 in 1990, tweaking it so it runs on Windows 10.

Microsoft Adds JUnit 5 Testing Support, More Java Features to Visual Studio Code

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code team has added initial support for the JUnit 5 testing framework, along with other Java functionality via extensions to the open source, cross-platform code editor.

New 'Virtual Patch' Targets Java, .NET Vulnerabilities

Waratek announced a new security tool for Java and .NET applications that uses virtualization to quickly apply patches for long-term and newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Visual Studio Code Editor Gets New Extensions for Java Programming

The Visual Studio Code team continues to add Java functionality to Microsoft's open source, cross-platform code editor via extensions, just launching a new batch for working with Maven, Tomcat and Checkstyle.

Microsoft Smooths iOS Development with Xamarin in New Visual Studio Preview

The latest effort to ease iOS development with Xamarin -- which still requires hooking up to a Mac machine -- automates the provisioning process.

New Visual Studio Live Share Facilitates Real-Time Collaboration

Microsoft introduced Visual Studio Live Share to allow dev teams to interactively collaborate by sharing code to edit and debug, troubleshoot, iterate or optimize apps, along with other preview tools.

Write/Edit Java Code in Visual Studio with JNBridge's Java.VS

It will soon be possible to write and edit Java code entirely from within the Visual Studio IDE, thanks to an upgrade of JNBridge's namesake general purpose Java/.NET interoperability tool.

Realm Mobile Platform Adds .NET Core Support, Alongside Node.js

Developers using the Realm Mobile Platform can now do their server-side coding with C#, which joins the existing Node.js back-end binding.

AWS Cloud Adds .NET Core Support to Coding Tools

Cloud services used for developing, building and deploying AWS applications now support .NET Core, a lightweight, open source, modular platform used to create Web applications and services for Windows, Linux and Mac OSes.

Xamarin Live Player Eases iOS Development from Windows (But You'll Still Need a Mac)

Microsoft this week clarified how iOS development will work with the new Xamarin-based tooling announced at the recent Build developers conference: It's easier, but a Mac will still be needed at some point.

Is 'Visual Studio for Mac' Really Visual Studio?

After Microsoft today announced the general availability of Visual Studio for Mac, many developers on forum sites questioned if it's really the same IDE that Windows users have known and loved for years, or a refactored, rebadged and rebranded version of Xamarin Studio -- and no less than Xamarin chief Miguel de Icaza himself weighed in with some answers.

Microsoft Adds Database DevOps Tools in VS Enterprise 2017

It's another step in the company's goal of driving DevOps earlier in the development process.

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