If you're a developer who want to start creating cross-platform mobile apps using Xamarin tools in Visual Studio, Microsoft has released a series of detailed videos that guide you through the process.
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Many developers prefer to use Apple Mac devices for their coding needs and up until this point, Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE) was only available on Windows. Now the company has announced that it will be releasing a preview of Visual Studio for Mac, which will run natively on macOS. The preview will launch at Microsoft Connect() conference later this week. But despite the name, Visual Studio for Mac isn't a direct port of the Windows version of the IDE. Here's what you need to know.
So, Xamarin is now bundled with Visual Studio and licensed in such a way that you can use it for whatever you like, but that doesn't help the budding cross-platform developer get a handle on the "how". If you're looking for a head start, Microsoft has an excellent video just for you.
.NET Core might be all the rage these days, but the original .NET Framework is still being updated. Last week Microsoft upped the version number to 4.6.2 and while it doesn't include any killer features, it's a solid update nonetheless.
Last month JetBrains — of ReSharper fame — unveiled its plans for a C# integrated development environment that would effectively come with ReSharper and IntelliJ built-in. If you want to give it a try, JetBrains is now taking down details for its Early Access program.
Visual Studio with ReSharper installed is hard to beat when it comes to .NET development, but that doesn't mean competition isn't welcome. If you're a C# developer willing to experiment, JetBrains has announced its own cross-platform IDE, called Project Rider, that will include "a lot of functionality that you are already familiar with from ReSharper and IntelliJ-based IDEs".
With Windows 10 due out in just over a month, Microsoft is keen to make sure there are lots of apps available. So it's not surprising that preview releases for Visual Studio 2015 will now be aligned with the preview updates being sent out via Windows Insider.
Microsoft may have long-retired XNA, its .NET-based game development framework, but it's still very much supporting games developers. Last year it released the Community Edition of Visual Studio, essentially a "full version" of its programming IDE for hobbyist and professionals alike, as well as Unity Tools for Visual Studio. Now it's partnered with Epic, Unity and Chukong Technologies (Cocos2d) to more deeply integrate these technologies into Visual Studio.