The week in .NET – Bond – The Gallery

To read last week’s post, see The week in .NET – On .NET on Net Standard 2.0 – Nancy – Satellite Reign.

On .NET

We didn’t have a show last week, but we’re back this week with Rowan Miller to chat about Entity Framework Core 1.1 and .NET. The show is on Thursdays and begins at 10AM Pacific Time on Channel 9. We’ll take questions on Gitter, on the dotnet/home channel and on Twitter. Please use the #onnet tag. It’s OK to start sending us questions in advance if you can’t do it live during the show.

Package of the week: Bond

Bond is a battle-tested binary serialization format and library, similar to Google’s Protocol Buffer. Bond works on Linux, macOS, and Windows, and supports C++, C#, and Python.

To work with Bond, you start by defining your schema using an IDL-like specification.

Then, you codegen a C# library for the schema:

You may now use the generated library in your C# code to instantiate objects of the types defined, as well as serialize and deserialize them:

Bond also offers deep cloning and comparison for objects of compatible types defined from Bond specifications.

Game of the Week: The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed

The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed is a four part episodic fantasy adventure game designed for virtual reality. Meet mysterious and bizarre characters while you follow clues in search for your missing sister, Elsie. The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed features full-room scale VR with interactions that will have you sitting, standing, crouching and crawling around.

The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed

The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed was created by Cloudhead Games using Unity and C#. It is available for the HTC Vive on Steam and will be available in December on Oculus Home for the Oculus Touch.

Conference of the week: .NET DeveloperDays October 20-21 in Warsaw

.NET DeveloperDays is the biggest event in Central and Eastern Europe dedicated exclusively to application development on the .NET platform. It is designed for architects, developers, testers and project managers using .NET in their work and to those who want to improve their knowledge and skills in this field. The conference content is 100% English, making it easy for the international audience to attend. The speaker lineup includes Jon Skeet, Dino Esposito, and Ted Neward.

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And this is it for this week!

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