The week in .NET – On .NET with Scott Hunter, On .NET with Matt Watson, MessagePack

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On .NET

We recorded two videos last week. In the first one, Scott Hunter showed Visual Studio 2017 and .NET Core SDK 1.0:

In the second video, Matt Watson from Stackify showed us Prefix, a free lightweight dev tool that shows you real-time logs, errors, queries, and more, and Retrace, a powerful commercial solution for gathering and analysis of performance data.

We have no show this week due to a last minute cancellation.

Happy Birthday .NET!

Last month we got together with the Microsoft Alumni Network and threw a big .NET 15th birthday bash with former .NET team members & rock stars. We caught up with Dee Dee Walsh, who was one of the original Developer Relations and Community person starting before Visual Studio! Dee Dee was most famously known for her Geekfest parties and helped foster the Microsoft developer community and MVP program. Happy Birthday .NET!

Package of the week: MessagePack for C#

I’ve featured quite a few serialization libraries in the past. I have another one for you this week. MessagePack is an efficient binary serialization format that is supported on more than 50 development platforms. It’s also used by Redis. There are at least five different implementations of MessagePack for .NET, but the one I want to showcase today is MessagePack for C# by Yoshifumi Kawai, also known as neuecc, who also built ZeroFormatter. His library supports LZ4 compression, and achieves extremely fast speeds on both serialization and deserialization, with a very compact serialized size.

First, you can define a serializable data object.

And then you can serialize and deserialize it.

User group meeting of the week: the state of .NET in Sydney

On Wednesday, March 15, at 6:30PM in Sydney, Australia, the Sydney .NET User Group holds a meeting on the state of .NET, presented by Markus Egger.

.NET

ASP.NET

C#

F#

F# eXchange 2017 is in London, April 6-7. Speakers include Don Syme, Phillip Carter, Scott Wlaschin, and many others.

New F# Language Suggestions:

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

Xamarin

UWP

Data

Games

And this is it for this week!

Contribute to the week in .NET

As always, this weekly post couldn’t exist without community contributions, and I’d like to thank all those who sent links and tips. The F# section is provided by Phillip Carter, the gaming section by Stacey Haffner, and the Xamarin section by Dan Rigby, and the UWP section by Michael Crump.

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? Did you make or play a great game built on .NET?
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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.