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Microsoft also announced Visual Studio For Mac at Connect. We had a fascinating conversation with Miguel de Icaza, founder of Xamarin, now a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, about the product’s genesis. Microsoft took Xamarin Studio, and refactored it to more closely map to Visual Studio for Windows – including the code editor for example. Miguel was surprised how few dependencies there were in Visual Studio. “We originally thought it would be impossible”.Visual Studio for Mac is not yet feature equivalent with the Windows version, but it will get there, and supports .NET core. Miguel also showed us Xamarin Workbooks, a lovely interactive documentation technology, allowing you to run code inline. Workbook docs are written in Markdown and allow C# code blocks to be executed within the context of the document. Just. really. nicely. done. Also from Xamarin, Inspector was announced, a debugging tool integrated with Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio, which allows changes to mobile UIs without needing to recompile. You effectively run Workbooks inside the app.
All of these moves by Microsoft, from joining the Linux Foundation, to partnerships with companies like Pivotal for running Cloud Foundry; from hiring people like Brendan Burns from Google to continue working on Kubernetes, to investing in Mesosphere; from a deep strategic relationship with Docker, to making the Ubuntu userland available natively on Windows 10; from announcing that SQL Server runs on Linux, to open sourcing Powershell – all of these moves are about simplifying the experience for developers and operations, providing a cloud option that a CIO can feel comfortable with, and ultimately about getting workloads onto Azure.
This past year, 33.6 percent of employees who joined the company directly from college were women, 3.9 percent were African American/Black, and 5.9 percent were Hispanic/Latino(a). For technical roles, women comprised 30 percent of all university hires.
(Cross-posted @ RedMonk)