Microsoft recently released ASP.NET Core 1.1 preview. This version includes several new middleware components, WebListener server for Windows, Razor view compilation and Azure related features.
Microsoft has announced the first release candidate for ASP.NET WebHooks. Just as message queues allow applications within an organization to talk to each other, WebHooks provide a way for websites across different organizations to communicate in an asynchronous fashion.
ASP.NET Core introduces middleware as a concept to customize the HTTP pipeline. Middleware are components which are composed together to form a web application. The concept was inspired by OWIN and Katana, which provided similar functionalities in earlier versions of ASP.NET.
Some open source contributors recently raised concerns about the current state of open source in .NET. Discussions revolves around contributing to projects, both as an individual and as an enterprise. The role of Microsoft in the .NET ecosystem is also a the centre of the debate.
In an effort to dramatically reduce confusion, ASP.NET 5.0 and Entity Framework 7.0 have been renamed to ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0.
On December 24th, Microsoft released its latest Integration Roadmap. This is the first insight, customers and partners have had, into the collective roadmap of Microsoft integration technologies in several years.
Microsoft recently released .NET Core and ASP.NET 5 Release Candidate, supported on Windows, OS X and Linux. Microsoft states this release is ready for production and will support it. Both release candidates are considered feature complete on Windows, OS X and Linux, although minor features may still be added until the final release.
Microsoft recently released ASP.NET WebHooks preview, a library to create and consume webhooks. WebHooks supports MVC 5 and WebApi 2.
Microsoft has released an SDK for its monitoring platform Visual Studio Application Insights that brings support for ASP.NET 5. Application Insights is divided into two main components; the Azure portal is where the data is displayed and the SDK provides the API to send telemetry events.
The roadmap for ASP.NET 5 includes three more betas between now and November’s release candidate. And that’s after dropping Visual Basic, SingalR 3, and Web Pages 4 from the list.
While most of the buzz has been about ASP.NET 5 and the cross-platform execution engine, MVC, Microsoft’s preferred UI and web service framework, is also seeing many changes. The most important being the unification of MVC, Web API, and Web Pages.
Microsoft has announced the release of a native Visual Studio application for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
The latest preview of Visual Studio 2015 demonstrates new diagnostic and debugging tools along with a new release of TypeScript. An updated build of ASP.NET 5 is also included, broadening its developer tools.
Version 7 of Entity Framework represents a major redesign of the 6-year-old ORM. As such, Microsoft will not be recommending the initial release of EF 7 for existing projects. Rather, it is only meant for projects that are using ASP.NET 5 and .NET Core.