Announcing Entity Framework Core 2.1 RC 1

Today, we are excited to announce that the first release candidate of EF Core 2.1 is available, alongside .NET Core 2.1 RC 1 and ASP.NET Core 2.1 RC 1, for broad testing, and now also for production use! Go live support EF Core 2.1 RC1 is a “go live” release, which means once you test… Read more

.NET Highlights in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview 4

As you know we continue to incrementally improve Visual Studio 2017 (version 15), and our 7th significant update is currently well under way with the 4th preview shipping today. As we’re winding down the preview, we’d like to stop and take the time to tell you about all of the great updates that are coming… Read more

Announcing Entity Framework Core 2.1 Preview 2

Today we’re releasing the second preview of EF Core 2.1, alongside .NET Core 2.1 Preview 2 and ASP.NET Core 2.1 Preview 2. Thank you so much to everyone who has tried our early builds and has helped shape this release with their feedback and code contributions! The new preview bits are now available in NuGet as… Read more

Explore Azure Cosmos DB with .NET Core and MongoDB

Have you had to design general purpose “metadata” tables in your SQL database that basically store column names and values? Do you often serialize/de-serialize XML or JSON from your SQL tables to handle volatile schemas and data? .NET developers have traditionally worked with relational database management systems (RDMS) like SQL Server. RDMS systems have withstood… Read more

Announcing Entity Framework Core 2.1 Preview 1

Today we are releasing the first preview of EF Core 2.1, alongside .NET Core 2.1 Preview 1 and ASP.NET Core 2.1 Preview 1. The new bits are available in NuGet as part of the individual packages, and as part of the ASP.NET Core meta-packages (both Microsoft.AspNetCore.All and the new Microsoft.AspNetCore.App), and included in the .NET… Read more

Entity Framework Core 2.1 Roadmap

As mentioned in the announcement of the .NET Core 2.1 roadmap earlier today, at this point we know the overall shape of our next release and we have decided on a general schedule for it. As we approach the release of our first preview later this month, we also wanted to expand on what we… Read more

Announcing the Windows Compatibility Pack for .NET Core

Porting existing code to .NET Core used to be quite hard because the available API set was very small. In .NET Core 2.0, we already made this much easier, thanks to .NET Standard 2.0. Today, we’re happy to announce that we made it even easier with the Windows Compatibility Pack, which provides access to an additional 20,000… Read more

UPDATE – Microservices and Docker containers: Architecture, Patterns and Development guidance (Updated for .NET Core 2.0)

Nov. 15th 2017 update Earlier this year, we published this eBook/guide and sample application offering guidance for architecting microservices and Docker containers based applications. We have recently published updates to the eBook (2nd edition) and sample application to bring them in line with the latest releases of .NET Core 2.0 and many other updates coming… Read more

UPDATE – Web Applications with ASP.NET Core Architecture and Patterns guidance (Updated for ASP.NET Core 2)

Nov. 15th 2017 update Earlier this year, we published an eBook/Guide and sample application offering guidance named Architecting Modern Web Applications with ASP.NET Core and Microsoft Azure. We have recently published updates to the eBook (2nd edition) and sample application to bring them in line with the latest releases of ASP.NET Core 2.0 and Entity Framework… Read more

Announcing F# support for .NET Core and .NET Standard projects in Visual Studio

We’re pleased to announce that Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Preview 4 now supports F# projects targeting .NET Core, .NET Standard, and .NET Framework through the .NET Core SDK. Some of you have noticed various levels of this support in the first, second, and third previews. We still had a few work items left to complete… Read more