Microsoft’s free and cross-platform code editor Visual Studio Code will now be included in the Anaconda data science distribution. As Microsoft continues their path to greater cohesion with the open source community and playing nicely with multiple platforms, this is another move that signals Microsoft's continuing commitment to be a part of everyone's computing experience, whether they want to run Microsoft's tools exclusively or not.
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The full-blown version of Visual Studio its still limited to Windows machines, but if you want a similar experience on non-Microsoft platforms, the open-source Visual Studio Code is about as close as you can get. Official builds are available for macOS and Linux and thanks to a fellow by the name of Jay Rodgers, you can get it on Chromebook and the Raspberry Pi.
You'd never suspect the humble cursor as a source of performance issues in your IDE, but that appears to be precisely the case with Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, a cross-platform development environment built on Electron. A few days ago, a user reported the program consuming a large number of CPU cycles when idle and tracked it down to the blinking caret.
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.
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".