The First Days of the New .NET


I’m personally really excited by what is going on (after the announcements at Connect(); on November 12). I believe that open sourcing .NET will enable more innovation from outside the Microsoft walls. Looking at the Visual Studio’s UserVoice page, we can see that people are asking for a lot of things from reviving a deprecated platform or technology to adding complex new features to .NET and Visual Studio. Right now the only thing we can do about it is to ask and wait for the Microsoft Dev Teams to work on it.

The more a product is open (by being open sourced), the more likely it is that a group of people could decide to implement a missing feature, or fix bugs. If some people really want a new version of Silverlight they could clone the repository and do it themselves (if Microsoft where to eventually release that code).

Resources in teams at Microsoft are limited so I believe they should really concentrate on building a solid foundation and the low level infrastructure of .NET, tools, and frameworks. Let the community help with the ecosystem around it, let them contribute to completing the tooling and integration. To see what I mean just take a look at what Xamarin did with Mono.

I know all this will take time but I believe that in a few years, even LOB (Line of Business) Enterprise developers will see the benefits of the new Microsoft we’ve been seening in recent years. I’m not sure if the naysayers will start to use .NET on Linux, but I bet it will get harder for them to complain. For me, I’ve used C# and .NET for the last 13 years and I’m looking forward to using it for at least another 20 years.

Take a look at all the links I’ve gathered below and comment below if I’ve missed anything. Enjoy!

Announcements

Overviews

Videos

Opinions and comments

Official Links

Comments (2)

  1. vatanbit says:

    that was great! thanks

    can i share this news on my blog ? http://vatanbit.com

  2. dqmathew@hotmail.com says:

    Very helpful to have all the links in one place. Thanks for the aggregation.

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