Visual Studio Code gets more touch-feely, new Windows Server builds arrive for brave admins

Summary In a week that left the Windows Insider team facing a leadership vacuum after its Ninjacat-in-chief ship jumped, Microsoft's gnome army continued to work ahead of the impending Ignite party of the company.

Continue coding with Visual Studio Code 1.39

Dev Darling, Visual Studio Code released version 1.39.1 last week (packed with a quick update to eliminate a security vulnerability).

The changes are primarily intended to facilitate the life of encoders and include a movement to a tree widget instead of a list to see the source control (and the application of commands to folders) and the ability to copy and paste autocomplete details. The appearance of the fonts has also seen improvements, with a change from Courier in the Mac and Windows versions to a monospace that best suits the Sans Serif fonts used elsewhere in VS Code.

The editor has also been fiddled with and the current selection can now be seen in the code minimap, which can also be dragged with a finger, if your screen supports it. There is also a new command to allow developers to specify the creation of terminals with custom working directories.

In terms of language, autocompletions for HTML ARIA attributes now include a reference to WAI-ARIA documents and the completion of the CSS property will leave a semicolon at the end of a line with Ctrl + Enter . There is also preview support for TypeScript 3.7, although the latest and largest TypeScript will not make an official appearance until it leaves the beta status.

Finally, there are improvements in debugging, with VS Code showing all candidate locations for breakpoints in general and line improvements in the view and behavior of the CALL STACK view.

Therefore, there is nothing dazzling this time, but it is worth an update.

Microsoft's multiplatform editor continues to win fans. Puppet's Deepak Giridharagopal automation team told The Register at the Puppetize PDX event last week: "How times have changed, laughing at Microsoft's development tools and things like that until now. .. I use Visual Studio Code all the time to write. "

In his opening speech, Giridharagopal was obviously happy to praise the virtues of the Puppet Visual Studio Code extension, telling the assembled developers that he had downloaded it tens of thousands of times before joking that they should "drink the Kool Aid, I am very sorry for the VI or Emacs tattoo you made yourself. "

Laughing, he added: "In fact, I have a notepad.exe tattoo on my back in Times New Roman, you know."

We did not dare ask to verify.

New servers and new SDK

Windows Server, that unknown hero of the Microsoft administrative office, received a new version, 18995, for the semiannual channel.

The version arrived in traditional format ISO and VHDX Formats of Windows Ins ider preview pages and as a container version in Docker Hub. Resistant administrators who take a look at these previews can also optionally download the preview of the Windows 1909 Administration Center, Server Core FoD Application Compatibility Preview and additional language packs. Aimed at the corresponding preview of Windows 10 20H1 Insider, the updated SDK contains changes in the API used by the encoders when they point to Windows 10. As always, the release notes indicate that there are some important changes, as well as updates.

And, as it has become the norm for these previews of the SDK, only Visual Studio 2017 or higher is "formally compatible".

Azure Sphere: Guardians of the IoT

Not the worst Marvel link, but part of Azure Sphere 19.09 launch to the retail feed that provides assistance for those looking to use the Microsoft IoT chip to add secure connectivity to "brownfield" devices (for example, boxes already implemented or in use).

The theory says that connecting a tutor based on Azure Sphere module in a brownfield device will keep things safe since communication with the outside world is handled by the tutor and, being an Azure Sphere device, the thing must be maintained updated, in terms of security.

After all, one of the sale points of Azure Sphere.

The Guardian module must also be smart enough to collect additional data from, for example, its own sensors and cache information in case connectivity is lost.

The Azure Sphere, seemingly forever in preview, also won a reference design for an independent programming and debug interface board, as well as documentation for the Guardian module. Applications can also request that updates (operating system or application) be deferred and the devices themselves can better negotiate connections in crowded Wi-Fi environments and connect to Wi-Fi networks with hidden SSIDs.

Play games with Apple? Tim & co are whipping the Xbox controller

Not happy with a macOS release that would make even the most apologous Vista apologist say "constant, chaps", Apple has also received the Microsoft controller in its online store for $ 59.99.

We are a little surprised to see neither Apple's inexplicable surcharge, nor the stupidly expensive Xbox Elite Controller, which, at $ 179.99, would have been more the style of the fruity signature. The similarly compatible Sony driver has not yet appeared. Interestingly, the wireless controller enjoys a 3.5mm headphone jack, presumably because Microsoft is simply not as brave as Apple (at least when it comes to Xbox controllers).

The news came when Xbox Veep announced Mike Ybarra that he would leave the Windows giant for new grasses. Ybarra has spent most of two decades at Microsoft, moving from Windows 7 to Xbox Live 10 years ago. His departure coincided with that of the co-founders of the Mixer transmission service.

"It has been a great journey on Xbox," said Ybarra, "and the future is bright."

The movement also arrives on the eve of public testing of the Microsoft Project xCloud game streaming service, which is expected to begin this month. ®

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