PowerShell to be Available at Linux Now

The tool is based on the .NET platform and works not only on the desktop, but also in the cloud, as well as on the "IoT" devices
23 July 2018   240

The open source command-line shell from Microsoft called PowerShell Core received a snap-version for Linux OS. The tool is based on the .NET platform and works not only on the desktop, but also in the cloud, as well as on the "Internet of things" devices.

PowerShell is designed specifically for administrators of hybrid cloud systems and users who want to automate the management of the operating system and its programs.


PowerShell Key Features

Self-sufficient packages in the snap format work natively on popular Linux distributions, are updated automatically and provide a high level of security for users. According to the authors of the project, the snap-version is installed easier than classic applications, receives direct updates from Microsoft and provides flexibility when working with multiple operating systems.

Microsoft also published a preview version of the program for everyone who wants to try out the new features first. It is distributed as a separate package, so it can be used along with a stable release.

You can download both versions with the snap install powershell -classic and snap install powershell-preview -classic commands.

Microsoft to Announce Windows Community Toolkit v4.0

Recently Toolkit hit the 1 000 000 download mark in all NuGet packages
10 August 2018   117

Microsoft announced the 4th version of the Windows Community Toolkit. The update occurred after the toolkit recently reached one million downloads in all NuGet packages. 

Major Updates:

  • Added DataGrid with a smooth design for all developers.
  • New Microsoft Graph controls are added: PlannerTaskList and PowerBIEmbedded.
  • Twitter, LinkedIn and Microsoft Translator switched to .NET Standard packages.
  • Implemented support for a dark theme for sample applications, as well as the selection of themes for each sample.

Windows Community Toolkit
Windows Community Toolkit

DataGrid control
DataGrid is a control element that allows you to freely display data in rows and columns. It saves the programming model for the DataGrid from Silverlight and WPF. Therefore, developers can now create a clear data table, edit it, check the data and the functions of their formation using simple code in Windows 10.

<controls: DataGrid x: Name = "dataGrid1"
    Height = "600" Margin = "12"
    AutoGenerateColumns = "True"
    ItemsSource = "{x: Bind MyViewModel.Customers}" />

New Microsoft Graph
Toolkit v3.0 introduced a new UWP management category, which allows developers to have access to Microsoft Graph, namely: add a user interface, look for employees and friends, view SharePoint and much more. In version 4.0, there are now two new controls: PlannerTaskList and PowerBIEmbedded.

PlannerTaskList allows developers to integrate tasks into applications and allow users to interact with Microsoft Planner tasks.

Windows Community Toolkit Planer
Windows Community Toolkit Planer

PowerBIEmbedded allows developers to embed the PowerBI widget in applications and allows users to interact with data.

Moving Twitter, LinkedIn and Microsoft Translator to .NET Standard
The Windows Community Toolkit contains APIs that make it easy to work with Twitter, OneDrive, LinkedIn, Microsoft Graph, and other Web services. With the updates, most services have migrated to the .NET Standard package (Microsoft.Toolkit.Services), and they are now available for frameworks.