Microsoft has been in the news a lot lately, with its biggest announcement being the recent purchase of LinkedIn. There’s no sign of this tech giant slowing down as it recently announced .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0.
In a lengthy blog post on its .NET Blog, Microsoft unveiled the new release, which is available on Windows, Linux and OS X. .NET Core, developers will recall, is an open-source, cross-platform and modular .NET platform for building modern web apps, console apps, libraries and micro services.
According to Microsoft, 1.0’s release was made possible thanks to a large, concentrated effort from the developer community. Some 18,000 developers from 1300 companies had a hand in developing .NET Core 1.0.
This version also comes with the .NET Standard Library’s release. The Library empowers developers to recycle their skills and coding for apps that operate on servers, desktops, the cloud, and over any devices such as iOS, Windows and Android.
This new release also sees Microsoft partnering with another big name in tech. Red Hat is going to support the release in two ways. First, it’ll maintain .NET Core on both OpenShift, which is a platform-as-a-service offering, and its flagship Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution. From Red Hat’s point of view, enterprises are now going to be able to operate micro services-based apps that serve both. Concurrently, new apps written specifically for .NET Core are going to operate on both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows Server.
At the same time, Microsoft will be making .NET Core available for CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. It’s worth mentioning that Red Hat Enterprise Linux has the distinction of being the very first commercial distribution to support it.
It’s safe to say that this release marks the largest transformation of .NET since its inception; it’s also going to define .NET for the next 10 years. .NET’s foundation has been entirely rebuilt for the purpose of addressing the requirements of today’s industry, which is containers, micro services and highly distributed cloud apps.
In conjunction with this announcement, Microsoft is releasing .NET documentation at Microsoft Technical Documentation. This will be the company’s new documentation service.