The week in .NET – 12/22/2015

Last week, we had a great time with Miguel de Icaza on the first episode of our new live YouTube show On.NET. On future episodes of the show, we want to have guests who represent every facet of the .NET community. If there’s somebody you’d like to see on the show, please let us know!

We won’t have a show this week or next week because of the holidays, but will resume on the first week of January. The Week in .NET post series continues uninterrupted.

This week, we’re adding a new gaming section to the post. .NET is increasingly present in the game development community, thanks in no small part to Unity. The new section will showcase games built with .NET, demonstrating one of the coolest development areas for our favorite platform.

As always, this weekly post couldn’t exist without community contributions, and I’d like to thank all those who sent links and tips. You can participate too. Did you write a great blog post, or just read one? Do you want everyone to know about an amazing new contribution or a useful library? We’d love to hear from you, and feature your contributions on future posts:

  • Send an email to beleroy at Microsoft,
  • comment on this gist
  • Leave us a pointer in the comments section below.

This week’s post (and future posts) also contains news I first read on ASP.NET’s community spotlight, on F# weekly, on ASP.NET Weekly, and on Chris Alcock’s The Morning Brew.

To read last week’s post, see The week in .NET – 12/15/2015.

Package of the week: Dapper-dot-net

You’ve got a lot of options if you’re in the market for a .NET object-relational mapper. Dapper, maintained by the Stack Overflow team, is one of a few mappers that take the approach of remaining as simple as possible. This approach enables it to remain very close to a hand-coded SqlDataReader in terms of performance, while keeping a strongly-typed API.

If Dapper wasn’t impressive enough in itself, there is a whole ecosystem of extensions for it. It’s also one of the top downloads on

User group of the week: Seattle Web App Dev Meetup

Paul Litwin will speak at the Seattle Web App Developers Group about ASP.NET 5 on Thursday, January 14.

If you want to see what user group meetings are happening in your area, see our calendar of events

If you are a member of a user group, and would like your next event to appear here, please leave us a note.

.NET News

.NET Games

For our first gaming section, we are showing some of the games that were built for the Ludum Dare programming contest.

  • Rocks, Maps, Scissors is an interesting modern variation over the classic rock, paper, scissors game.
  • Tile Breaker Evolution is a super-hard game where you guide a ball by adding obstacles for it to bounce against.
  • Mobsferatu asks you to gather and guide an angry mob to seek revenge against Nosferatu.
  • Growth Industries will require a touch-screen (not a mouse, definitely), and a lot of coordination.



The F# community is writing a new blog post daily for this year’s F# Advent Calendar in English. Lots of great new posts to check out this week!

Check out F# Weekly for more great content from the F# community.


And this is it for this week!