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.NET Annotated Monthly – August 2019

Welcome to the newest newsletter from JetBrains, .NET Annotated Monthly! This newsletter is hosted by Rachel Appel, a Developer Advocate at JetBrains, with occasional updates from other JetBrains Developer Advocates.

In this newsletter you’ll be treated to .NET (and related) news, tips and tricks, cool stuff, community information and everything you need to keep up to date with the .NET world. Occasionally I’ll toss in some non-.NET developer articles too. So let’s get started!

.NET Annotated Monthly

.NET news

  • .NET Core 3 Preview 7 – Here’s the official announcement stating that .NET Core 3 is nearing completion! Get your compilers ready!
  • .NET Core 3 Preview 7 updates – Check out all the latest updates in the latest preview of .NET Core.
  • .NET Core support policy – Microsoft has released its support policy for .NET Core, including release cycles and cadence, release lifecycles, and pretty much everything you need to know about their release and support for .NET.
  • Blazor is here! In case you missed it, back in April, the .NET team has released this new technology called Blazor as an official preview! What is this Blazor thing, you ask? It sprang from an experimental project that uses WebAssembly to enable you to do full-stack development with ASP.NET Core. This means you can write code on the server, and have it produce code that runs on the client.

.NET tutorials and tips

Events, community and culture

  • Free summer camps for students – Nerd camps for kids! I LOVE IT! Microsoft is hosting them at its retail stores. If you have little ones, check this out, and start their love for all things STEM at a Nerd Camp!
  • Webinar – From F# to JavaScript with Fable – Hosted by JetBrains, presented by community speaker Florian Verdonck, who also helps out organizing FableConf.
  • .NET Conf –  This is Microsoft’s 100% virtual event. This year, .NET Core 3.0 launches at .NET Conf on September 23-25. You don’t want to miss it, and keep an eye out for JetBrains speakers! 
  • Microsoft events – Check out various Microsoft and .NET related events going on around the world.
  • How to be great – Did you ever wonder what your path to success might be? It’s not what you think. Steph Smith shows you how little things add up over time to success.
  • How to delegate tasks – Team leads and PMs know that task delegation can be a challenge. In this post, Maddy Osman shows us that it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

Random interesting and cool stuff

  • Some good advice about UI design – Stop saying things like “I’m a developer, I don’t need UI design knowledge”, because with that attitude your software won’t be as good as it can be. Check out this video by Laura Butler that gives good UI advice you need. You don’t need to be a full-time designer, just know the basics.
  • C# or Java? TypeScript or JavaScript? Machine learning based classification of programming languages – C# or Java? TypeScript or JavaScript? Put your fancy pants on and read what Kavita Ganesan has to say about machine learning based classification of programming languages.
  • The Foenix Project – It’s not really .NET, but it’s super cool nonetheless. Plus, a lot of us in the .NET community are into retro computing. And for those who are, check out this new-retro computer, a spiritual successor to the Commodore 8-bit computers designed and built by Stefany Allaire.

And finally…

Here’s a chance to catch up on JetBrains news that you might have missed:

If you have any interesting or useful .NET or general programming news to share via .NET Annotated Monthly, leave a comment here, email me at [firstname.lastname] (Rachel Appel), or drop me a message via Twitter.

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