by Jon Galloway

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.NET Foundation Updates


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.NET Foundation Project News

Roadmap Announcements for .NET Core 2.1, ASP.NET Core 2.1, EF Core 2.1

This month, the .NET, ASP.NET, and Entity Framework teams announced their 2.1 roadmaps in the following blog posts:

For a great overview, with updates and demonstrations from the program managers, see the following two videos:

.NET Core 2.1 Roadmap PT.1

.NET Core 2.1 Roadmap PT.2

A new experiment: Browser-based web apps with .NET and Blazor

The ASP.NET team announced a new experiment called Blazor. Blazor is an experimental web UI framework based on C#, Razor, and HTML that runs in the browser via WebAssembly. Blazor promises to greatly simplify the task of building fast and beautiful single-page applications that run in any browser. It does this by enabling developers to write .NET-based web apps that run client-side in web browsers using open web standards.

Read more about Blazor, including how to try out the bits and get involved, on the announcement post here.

Steeltoe Turns 2.0, Adds Support for ASP.NET Core 2.0, CredHub, and a SQL Server Connector

The Steeltoe project just announced a big release, including support for ASP.NET Core 2.0 and .NET Standard 2.0! Steeltoe is a great, recent addition to the .NET Foundation, with lots of powerful features to help you build cloud-native microservices on .NET. This release really rounds out the Steeltoe offering with solid .NET Core 2.0 support, so if you've been waiting to take a look, this release is a great time to jump in!

Take a look at the Steeltoe team's announcement post here.

IdentityServer4 updates from NDC London

At NDC London 2018, The IdentityServer team made a lot of exciting announcements:

  • A new website (at
  • The new ASP.NET Core v2 Authentication System
  • Improved support for OpenID Connect logout scenarios
  • Admin UI Community Edition
  • Ways you can support the IdentityServer project… and ways the IdentityServer project can support you

Read more in this post.

Chem4Word V3 – Release 3

Chem4Word 3.0 is available! The new version includes some dramatic enhancements over previous versions:

  • Up to 12,000% quicker drawing of chemical structures!
  • Simplified storage model allowing standard cut and paste!
  • The Gallery is now the new, database-driven Library. Store, manage and search for your favourite chemical structures! No need to overwrite your standard template to save structures.
  • Vastly enhanced Chemical Navigator shows structures clearly and in full colour.
  • Better integration with PubChem, CheEBI and Opsin online search tools.
  • Plug-in architecture allows developers to produce their own enhancements.
  • The new FlexDisplay component showcases how Windows Presentation Foundation can be used to produce high-quality chemical graphics.

And it's all totally free!

Grab the latest release here.

Community Links and News

Weekly ASP.NET Community Standup

If you want to keep up to date with the latest ASP.NET news, join the Weekly ASP.NET Community Standup with Scott Hanselman, Damian Edwards and Jon Galloway. This is a live video meeting every Tuesday, with demos of new features and prototypes, live Q&A, weekly community links, and more. Get the schedule, catch recent shows, and join the live standups at

Dotnetos – .NET Performance Tour (Poland)

Here's a fun, free event tour if you're in or near Poland: the Three Dotnetos (Łukasz Pyrzyk, Szymon Kulec, and Konrad Kokosa) are putting on a 5 city tour. Get more information on the site:

Recent Standout Community Posts

Here are some recent posts we've featured on the ASP.NET Community Standup:

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