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.NET Core: What is it?


ASP.NET Core is one of the subsets of the .NET Framework that was earlier started with the Compact Framework Edition. Its major components include a small runtime from the code base of the .NET Framework CLR, although features like Application domains and Code Access Security are not included. With its unique features, .NET Core is likely to form the foundation of future .NET verticals as it is not specific to ASP.NET 5 or .NET native. It is designed such that the runtimes and Base Class Library (BCL) are general purpose and the format is modular. I know, that sounds so technical, right? We'll explain further...

The deployment is delivered as a set of NuGet packages as most of the library ecosystems are already established through the platform. It incorporates a number of technologies different from Native .NET since they run using the CoreCLR runtime that is compatible with several Windows platforms. It is also open source - incorporating Apache 2 and MIT licenses - and portable, but it is optimized to only use modules from its core library unless it is required by the application. However, the class libraries have been factored to remove dependencies which enables a user a much smaller set of libraries which run independently as a system.

The ASP.NET 5 workload, which is incorporated in the framework, has one special element in that it can run on multiple versions of .NET Core 5 such that two websites can effectively run on the same machine while on different - or similar - multiple versions of the .NET Core framework. This makes it suitable for quick downloads and for use even on devices with minimal storage capabilities. It is also easy to use on several software types such as Linux, and Windows, as well as Silverlight as its design is focused on keeping the deployment considerably smaller. It is easy to use on even non-Windows platforms meaning that the user does not have to worry about the software of their device.

This framework version uses a discrete group of reference assemblies that shows only that which is supported by the runtime. It is much easier to recognize this version as it has a limited number of features which makes it much more effective and easier to cruise. It is also friendly and allows a user to comfortably create and operate full-fledged websites on several operating systems; and is accessible on Windows Phone. With time it will be incorporated in more operating systems for access through additional platforms for a much better experience available for use on all kinds of devices.

At the moment, .NET Core is a framework for Linux and Mac, but some of the key features and libraries are missing. Before, it was impossible to create websites and RESTful application programming interfaces on Linux and Mac, but now it is easier with Visual Studio Code plus .NET Core and can also be made available for set up on Ubuntu.

.NET Core has proven to be the ultimate weapon for web developers to save on time and providing the best possible results and a more fun experience.

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Posted on January 20, 2017 and filed under Microsoft .NET, Other.

What's Going on Lately with Microsoft.NET?

Microsoft's.NET is the programming framework created by Microsoft for developers to easily create applications and web services. A programmer can choose from a selection of codes in the library of the .NET framework that can be utilized without having to write it.

Microsoft decided to open source most of the .NET framework last year and it has been keeping the promise in the latest version of the .NET framework which is in the news for open source and cross platform features.

The latest release contains the RC2 of the.NET Core run-time and libraries. The programmer requires having these files simply in his folder to run an application. Programmers who are comfortable with run-time will be able to move ahead with their projects until ASP.NET Core tools are completed.

Many developers are facing compatibility issues of existing projects with the new update. Hence, Microsoft has decided to provide guidance to developers who are facing compatibility issues with the .NET framework programming model. They have also advised programmers to target the new platform when running new projects and to upgrade old projects to new framework only if necessary.

Compatibility issues are reduced by running on the newer platform by leaving the targeted .NET framework version unchanged for an app. The newer versions of the platform are better to work on because any compatibility issues in the older versions in the subsequent release of the 4.x releases. It is also advisable to upgrade to the latest version from any previous versions of the .NET framework.

It is suggested that the developer run the app on any of the .NET framework on which he thinks the app will run. The programmer should make use of API Portability Analyzer and .NET Framework Compatibility Analyzers to find out problems areas in his app. With the help of these compatibility switches, the developer will be able to leave out the features of the app that are causing a problem while upgrading to the latest version of the .NET framework.

Developers should also need to test applications if it is built with newer compilers. A slight change in the C# and the Visual Basic compilers that cannot be fixed but do not trouble in run-time. Developers must be intentional while building apps because of the change in the compilers.

The release of the RC2 is an exciting step in the information technology industry as it is a significant step forward for Microsoft’s cross-platform.NET. This plays a crucial role in the company’s plan for Windows Server 2016 to roll out. Smaller and faster .NET applications will fit the micro-services and containers. The Exchange Server 2016 messaging server is still not supported with the Windows Server 2016, Microsoft’s latest emerging product still in the preview stage. Windows Server 2016 is said to be released later this year and that’s when it will support the Exchange Server 2016.

For Windows, users and developers need to migrate to the latest version of the latest framework which is open source and works cross-platform will now run with lesser compatibility issues with your applications once you have updated to the latest version of the framework.

Hopefully this post has been helpful in identifying some of the benefits of using .NET. If Extra Nerds can help you and your business with any such services, be sure to contact us for a quote!

Posted on May 20, 2016 and filed under Microsoft .NET.