Microsoft announced a couple weeks ago that they’re participating in this year’s Hacktoberfest, a month-long celebration of open source software. Launched as a partnership between DigitalOcean and GitHub in 2014, it rallies a global community of contributors, with last year’s event drawing more than 30,000 participants!

This October, Microsoft will recognize anyone who submits a pull request between October 1st and 31st to one of their open source projects with a special limited-edition T-shirt. This of course includes all of our Microsoft contributed .NET open source projects. Take a particularly good look at the “up-for-grabs” labeled issues in these repos. The team has labeled the issues this way that are great for our community contributors to work on first.

Code and documentation contributions are welcome. Explore the GitHub repos, find something that interests you, and submit your first (or 100th) pull request.

For information on how to participate and claim your T-shirt, see the OpenAtMicrosoft blog for details. Make sure you read the contribution rules, including filling in the form! If you have questions, post them as issues on the Hacktoberfest GitHub repo or tweet @OpenAtMicrosoft with hashtag #hacktoberfest.


Happy Hacktoberfest!

.NET Hacktoberfest

Here's the August edition of the .NET Foundation newsletter. Every month, we'll give you a quick overview of the .NET Open Source landscape, including top project news, events, community links and more.

This month's newsletter includes:

  • .NET Conf wrapup / worldwide .NET Conf Local events series through the end of October
  • News from .NET Foundation member projects
  • Hacktoberfest
  • .NET Meetup news

As always, these are available both on our blog and via e-mail: Sign up to get the .NET Foundation Update via e-mail

.NET Conf / .NET Conf Local

.NET Conf 2018 was our big live stream training event of the year and the biggest .NET Conf we’ve ever done! We had 41 live sessions – 17 in Channel 9 studios and the last day going an all-nighter with 24 hours of sessions on Twitch and Mixer. We also broadcasted the keynote via Amp Live which bought us a lot of new viewers this year. Additionally we partnered the .NET Foundation with the Visual Studio partner program to pull off a virtual attendee party where attendees could win cool prizes like the Surface Go and Xbox. 

Check out the .NET Conf Keynote!

In case you missed it, check out the .NET Conf keynote with Scott Hunter, Mads Torgersen, and Miguel De Icaza:

.NET Conf Local Events

.NET Conf is partnering with organizers around the globe to bring you local in-person events and watch parties! There are over local events around the world now; join your fellow developers in a city near you to learn more about .NET.

.NET Foundation Project News

DNN: 5 Reasons Why We’re Glad to Be Part of the .NET Foundation

DNN joined the .NET Foundation in November 2017, and just posted some of the top reasons they're glad they did. Aw, shucks, we love you too! 

Iron Python

The IronPython team is getting close to releasing a 2.7.9 final release with a lot of fixes compare to previous releases. Once 2.7.9 has been released, the team will focus mainly on IronPython 3, a release which will be compatible with Python 3.4

Chemistry Add-In for Word

The next version of Chemistry Add-In for Word is close to release!

It will include V8.0.0 of the ChemDoodle Web editor inside a completely new Windows Presentation Foundation interface. This makes it resolution independent, addressing a common bugbear when using it on smaller screen resolutions.

NUnit

The NUnit 3.9.0 console and engine were released, featuring stability fixes and changing the handling of appdomain unload errors.

NUnit framework 3.11.0 is just around the corner, so stay tuned! Among many fixes and enhancements, this release will include:

  • More informative assertion messages
  • PlatformAttribute detecting .NET Core
  • ValuesAttribute with nullable types
  • Async tests detecting and running Windows Forms or WPF message pumps rather than deadlocking
  • Support for UWP 10.0 is back via .NET Standard 1.4

We are grateful to our many contributors!

Telerik UI for UWP

With one of the latest releases of Telerik UI for UWP MultiDayView support has been introduced for the Calendar, expand and collapse functionality for the groups in the ListView control and many more features and improvements. Our latest official release of Telerik UI for UWP features more options in the MultiDay view of the Calendar, nested PropertyName support, major bug fixes for the DataGrid and more.

Orleans 2.1.0 release

The Orleans 2.1.0 release includes a number of performance improvements, the biggest one being the new scheduler, that all add up in our tests to up to 30% throughput increase on the same hardware.

It also brings the support for distributed transaction to what we consider ""release candidate"" quality, with the new Distributed Transaction Manager at its core. We plan to declare transactions production ready in a subsequent release, after another round of testing and improvements.

Lastly, this release includes a new code generation package Microsoft.Orleans.CodeGenerator.MSBuild that can be used as an alternative to Microsoft.Orleans.OrleansCodeGenerator.Build. The new code generator leverages Roslyn Code Analysis functionality to avoid loading application binaries. As a result, it avoid issues caused by clashing dependency versions and multiple versions of the .NET Core SDK.

This release includes no breaking changes and is backward compatible with 2.0.* releases, which allows for in-place upgrade of a running cluster.

Meetups

Our .NET Foundation sponsored .NET Meetup Pro groups broke through 200 this month, and many of them are participating in our .NET Conf Local Events worldwide. Here are some quick stats:

  • 207 Groups
  • 47 Countries
  • 127K Members (added over 5K in the past 30 days)

We've also started sending newsletters to Meetup organizers, including some links for some free swag for their groups. If your meetup hasn't joined yet, you can right here.

Hacktoberfest

Microsoft is joining in Hacktoberfest this October, and that includes the .NET projects on GitHub. Watch for a blog post the first week of October with more information!


Connect with the .NET Foundation online

The .NET Foundation is on Facebook now. Please like our page! We’ll post regular updates and interesting things happening with .NET to share.

The .NET Foundation is also on YouTube. Watch community standups and design reviews as well as code-focused shows and interviews across our multiple playlists.


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Here's the August edition of the .NET Foundation newsletter. Every month, we'll give you a quick overview of the .NET Open Source landscape, including top project news, events, community links and more.

This month's newsletter includes:

  • .NET Meetup news
  • Info on .NET Conf (Sep 12-14), followed by worldwide .NET Conf Local events through the end of October
  • News from .NET Foundation member projects

As always, these are available both on our blog and via e-mail: Sign up to get the .NET Foundation Update via e-mail

Get Ready for .NET Conf and .NET Conf Local!

Save the date for .NET Conf — a free, 3-day, livestreamed developer conference co-organized by the .NET community and Microsoft.

Join us for live sessions and Q&A with experts from the community and .NET product teams. Learn to build for web, mobile, desktop, games, services, and libraries, all with .NET. Get the latest on .NET Core & ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Azure, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and much more. We have sessions for everyone, no matter if you are just beginning or are a seasoned engineer.

You will learn to build for web, mobile, desktop, games, services, libraries and more for a variety of platforms and devices all with .NET. We have sessions for everyone, no matter if you are just beginning or are a seasoned engineer. We’ll have presentations on .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Azure, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and much more.

Tune in from September 12-14 and discover the world of .NET!

Register your .NET Conf Local events now!

.NET Conf is partnering with organizers around the globe to bring you local in-person events and watch parties! We're up to over 135 local events around the world now; join your fellow developers in a city near you to learn more about .NET.

Don't see your city? Organize an event!

Meetups

Wow! We're continuing to see rapid growth of the .NET Foundation sponsored .NET Meetup Pro groups, Here are some quick stats:

  • 198 Groups
  • 47 Countries
  • 121.4K Members (added over 4K in the past 30 days)

We've also started sending newsletters to Meetup organizers, including some links for some free swag for their groups. If your meetup hasn't joined yet, you can right here.

.NET Foundation Project News

Steeltoe by Pivotal: 2.1.0 Release

Steeltoe 2.1.0 has been released! Dave Tillman has prepared a blog to break down all the new features and new support options we have added. While building Steeltoe 2.1.0, the team implemented a .NET library of the OpenCensus project. The Steeltoe team has been collaborating with OpenCensus members and Microsoft to donate the implementation. With the help of the Microsoft App Insights team, the code is being prepared for a release from the OpenCensus project:

More info here.
 

Cake: v0.30.0 release

Version 0.30.0 of Cake has been released. With this release, we've got several improvements and bug fixes contributed from the community.

Some highlights in this release:

  • Now available as .NET Core Global tool
  • Updated NuGet client to better support signed packages
  • Support for collection initializers on tool settings

More details in the release announcement.
 

IronPython 2.7.9 Release Candidate 1 

This release includes many fixes to make the user experience better and lots of issues have been fixed. This may be the last major release of the 2.7 release line as development kicks up on IronPython3! Read more here.
 

Orleans 2.1 Beta

The Beta release of Orleans 2.1 is out on nuget.org. Major performance improvements (up to 30% over 2.0), beta of distributed transaction manager, many other improvements and fixes. No breaking changes.

The release announcement is here.
 

Polly: JSON Serialization Plug-In

Polly released a Json Serialization plug-in for use with Polly CachePolicy. Use Polly.Caching.Serialization.Json in combination with Polly's existing plug-in Polly.Caching.Distributed, and you can automatically serialize the results of any execution to Redis via IDistributedCache.

Info is here.
 

DNN: DNN v 9.2.1 released, EVS is now open source

Two exciting announcements from the DNN team: DNN v 9.2.1 has been released, and EVS is now open source. EVS is the DNN Extension Verification Service; open sourcing it both provides greater visibility into the verification checks as well as allows for community contributions.

ILMerge has joined the .NET Foundation! 

After many years as a closed-source project, then several years on GitHub in the Microsoft organization, the ILMerge project has moved to the .NET Foundation organization. This will allow more community members to directly contribute. If you are interested, please check it out!


Connect with the .NET Foundation online

The .NET Foundation is on Facebook now. Please like our page! We’ll post regular updates and interesting things happening with .NET to share.

The .NET Foundation is also on YouTube. Watch community standups and design reviews as well as code-focused shows and interviews across our multiple playlists.


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Hi!  Here's the July edition of the .NET Foundation newsletter. Every month, we'll give you a quick overview of the .NET Open Source landscape, including top project news, events, community links and more.

This month's newsletter includes:

  • .NET Meetup news
  • Info on .NET Conf (Sep 12-14), followed by worldwide .NET Conf Local events through the end of October
  • News from .NET Foundation member projects

As always, these are available both on our blog and via e-mail: Sign up to get the .NET Foundation Update via e-mail

Get Ready for .NET Conf and .NET Conf Local!

.NET Conf is coming to you September 12 - 14, 2018!

Over the course of the three days you have a wide selection of live sessions that feature speakers from the community and .NET product teams. These are the experts in their field and it is a chance to learn, ask questions live, and get inspired for your next software project.

You will learn to build for web, mobile, desktop, games, services, libraries and more for a variety of platforms and devices all with .NET. We have sessions for everyone, no matter if you are just beginning or are a seasoned engineer. We’ll have presentations on .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Azure, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and much more.

We've just wrapped up the call for papers and are hard at work building the schedule now. We had almost three times as many submissions this year!

Register your .NET Conf Local events now!

.NET Conf is partnering with organizers around the globe to bring you local in-person events and watch parties! Join your fellow developers in a city near you to learn more about .NET. Don't see your city? Organize an event! Let us know soon - we're putting together special .NET Conf swag packs for the local events, so you need to get registered soon to make sure we can get the swag ordered and shipped to your event in time.

Meetups

Wow! We're continuing to see rapid growth of the .NET Foundation sponsored .NET Meetup Pro groups, Here are some quick stats:

We've also started sending newsletters to Meetup organizers, including some links for some free swag for their groups. If your meetup hasn't joined yet, you can right here.

.NET Foundation Project News

Red Hat: Improving .NET Core Kestrel performance using a Linux-specific transport

The Red Hat team has released a NuGet pagkage that allows you to replace Kestrel’s networking layer with a Linux-specific implementation. Read this really interesting blog post that shows how to enable it, then shows and benchmarks against the default out-of-the-box implementations. 

Cake: v0.29.0 release

This release of Cake includes a lot of nice features, including the very handy 'exclusive' parameter. When you've executed a series of tasks and it fails on the last one, wouldn't it be nice if you could execute a single task, without requiring all of its dependencies to execute again? Well you're in luck, this just got added into 0.29.0! Beyond retrying failed operations - this can really speed things up while developing and debugging a script.

More details here.

xUnit.net: Hello, 2.4!

This release includes lots of usability-related features, like improved test method display name formatting, support for reporting results to VSTS, and additional command line options for the console runner.

Read the release notes here.

ML.NET: Announcing ML.NET 0.3

The ML.NET team is happy to announce the latest version: ML.NET 0.3. This release supports exporting models to the ONNX format, enables creating new types of models with Factorization Machines, LightGBM, Ensembles, and LightLDA, and addressing a variety of issues and feedback we received from the community.

Read the release post here.

Reactive Extensions for .NET: Ix and Ix Async 3.2 released

The main enhancement in this release is adding a .NET Standard 2.0 version, to minimize the dependency graph and improve build times.

Read the release notes here.


Connect with the .NET Foundation online

The .NET Foundation is on Facebook now. Please like our page! We’ll post regular updates and interesting things happening with .NET to share.

The .NET Foundation is also on YouTube. Watch community standups and design reviews as well as code-focused shows and interviews across our multiple playlists.


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Oren NovotnyAfter nearly two years of service as the Community Director of the .NET Foundation (thank you!!!), Rachel Reese has asked to step down. Oren Novotny will be replacing her in this role.

Oren has been a very active member of the .NET Foundation Advisory Council, working tirelessly behind the scenes to help projects configure build infrastructure, set up code signing, and just continually working to make the .NET open source community a better place. Support for Oren to take this role was unanimous and enthusiastic - from Rachel, the rest of the .NET Foundation board, and the rest of the Advisory Council. As Executive Director, I wholeheartedly agree - Oren helps out on a daily basis behind the scenes, both helping to keep things running and to continually improve them. As an example, he personally drove a partnership with DigiCert to get individual code signing certificates issued to projects by getting the .NET Foundation set up as a CA.

Many of those involved in the .NET community already know Oren pretty well. For this announcement post, Jon Galloway interviewed Oren and chatted about his experiences to date and what he hopes the .NET Foundation will do in the future.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your background, when did you first become interested in programming?

I have always been curious to understand how and why things worked. When I was a kid, The Way Things Work, was one of my favorites. When I was young, I would take apart and reassemble the family computer to learn what the parts were. In middle school, I taught myself BASIC by reading library books containing pages of program code to type in by hand…those were the days! I have always aimed to try to help others – I was a TA for some of my early CS classes in college before switching to, and graduating with, a degree in Sociology. I love logic and problem solving, but the math and algorithms weren’t for me. When Microsoft released .NET, I fell in love with C# and have been using it ever since.

What initiatives are you working on (or passionate about) within the .NET Foundation?

One current initiative I am passionate about, and working on, is code signing. I maintain and administer the Foundation’s code signing services that we offer to member projects. The service was born, like many things, out of laziness. When I first took over as maintainer for the Reactive Extensions for .NET, our release process was far from streamlined. I had to remote desktop into a VM containing the Foundation’s code signing certificate, copy the NuGet packages over, extract and manually sign each file. As that’s far too much effort to do on a regular basis, I worked with some people to create a service that could automate this process in a secure way and that could grow to offer new capabilities.

What drives you?

I want to see others succeed. If there’s something blocking them, I want to help get them unstuck. I love the deep technology, figuring stuff out, but ultimately, it’s about solving business challenges and creating new things. I firmly believe that technology is meaningless in a vacuum; rather, it’s an enabler. I aim to enable and empower people to do great things.