.Net Core 2.0 is officially here!

Following hot on the heels of our article the other day about .Net Conf 2017, Microsoft have just made the official announcement of the release of both .Net Core 2.0 here and .Net Standard 2.0 here.

This is potentially a watershed moment in the evolution of .Net Core as the high performance, cross-platform  .Net runtime for web, windows desktop, console, holo-lens and IoT.

The new APIs should embolden and empower teams looking to start or continue developing applications using the .Net Core runtime.

For more information on why this is so significant, you can check out our previous post here.

One not to miss – .Net Conf Sept 19 – 21, 2017

Coming at one of the most significant periods in the evolution of the .Net Framework, .Net Conf is a free 3-day event with a series of presentations meant to inspire developers for their next project.

The sessions are live so attendees have the opportunity to ask questions live.

The event offers presentations on .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Roslyn, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and much more.

It has some really big names such as

  • Scott Hanselman
  • Scott Hunter
  • Jon Skeet

And many others from every major platform and aspect of .Net development.

 

So what’s the big deal?

Quarter 3 (which this event effectively rounds off) will see the launch of .Net Core 2 and .Net Standard 2.  Both are effectively game changers that should see a massive increase of both interest and adoption of the newer .Net platforms i.e. Net Core and Xamarin.  So there has never been a better time to take a look at the latest developments on your particular areas of interest.

.Net Core 2 – bringing back some old friends

With .Net Core being an effective rewrite of the framework it is no surprise that the first version had the foundational features included, but was missing many APIs that older applications relied on.  .Net Core 2 brings around 10000 APIs back into the mix which should increase the ease with which teams can start moving to using newer versions of the framework.

.Net Standard 2 – including the masses

.Net Standard has been a much better way of handling cross-platform compatibility for libraries than the old portable class library solution.  One limitation with v1 was that a library targeting .Net Standard would only be able to reference other .Net Standard libraries or portable class library thus omitting the vast majority of Nuget Packages.  V2 allows this via a compatibility shim and should allow around 70% of currently published Nuget packages to work with packages targeting .Net Standard.

You can read all about .Net Standard here

You can read more on the why .Net Standard 2.0 is so significant to .Net Core here.

Microsoft on a UK tour – All about Azure

It’s exciting to see that Microsoft is on the road again, this time around many UK cities to talk about Microsoft Azure. They will be visiting Edinburgh on August 30th and there’s a registration form that you need to use to secure a place.

You can find all about it at this blog post.

We hope that you will take advantage of this excellent and free event and maybe see some of you there.

Book Club – February 2011 – The Pragmatic Programmer

In February Scottish Developers starts its book club. It will alternate between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The first book on the agenda is The Pragmatic Programmer, from Journeyman to Master.

You can now get more details and sign up for The Pragmatic Programmer in Glasgow. In March the book will be RESTful Web Services in Edinburgh – Further details to follow.

We are aiming to keep the books fairly technology independent (focussing on higher level processes and practices) in order to appeal to a wider audience. If you have any suggestions for books you’d like to see in the future then please contact us at support@scottishdevelopers.com

Announcing Scotland’s ALT.NET community

Scotland's ALT.NET Community

If you are interested in finding out about what ALT.NET means and what it can do for you a group of enthusiasts and practitioners has set up the Scot ALT.NET community that aims to promote the principles of ALT.NET.

To find out more see their website at www.scotalt.net or join their Google group at http://groups.google.com/group/scotaltnet

If you want to meet them their next meeting is at the Rutland in Edinburgh on the 3rd of November.

Sign up for MSDN Flash Newsletter – win an XBox Elite

Running until the 28th November 2008, new entrances get the opportunity to put themselves forward to win an Xbox Elite console.

To win you need to sign up to receive the MSDN Flash newsletter.

Welcome

Hello, and welcome to Scottish Developers new website. At the time of writing this we’re not ready to go just yet, so if you’ve stumbled across us while the old site is still live then we urge you to come back in a few days when we’ll be ready. We expect to have everything up and running before the 10th October 2008 and the URL of the old site will then point to this new site.