Here's the December 2019 .NET Foundation update. 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 update includes:
- Action Group Update: Outreach Team
- .NET Foundation Project Updates
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This is the newsletter of the of the year, the last of the decade (depending if you follow nominally named vs. ordinally named decades), and also the last one I'll be sending out as the .NET Foundation Executive Director, as Claire Novotny will be starting as our next .NET Foundation Executive Director in January.
It's been a privilege to serve you for the past few years, and to work directly with .NET open source leaders, contributors, and community members. During that time, I think we've accomplished a lot together:
- We've added dozens of projects
- We've added a lot of significant services for projects (e.g. code signing), and helped projects behind the scenes day in and out so they can focus on shipping new releases
- We've worked to formalize and streamline our project support and application processes
- We've built a worldwide Meetup network of over 340 groups, and worked with them to put on hundreds of local events like our .NET Conf Local series
- We've built out a one-stop-shop "Event In A Box" site (backed by a GitHub org) to share and build presentation content and workshops together
- We fundamentally changed the governance structure of the .NET Foundation to include open membership and a community elected board
- We started an Action Group program, under which .NET Foundation members can become more deeply involved in key areas like outreach and technical review
- We ran our first open elections, with a huge turnout of amazing candidates
- We rolled out corporate sponsor program, most recently welcoming AWS, and with some more sponsors to announce in the new year
Looking back on the past year, and the past few years I've been in this role, there's a lot to celebrate, as well as a lot of areas for improvement in the future. I'm excited to see Claire, the .NET Foundation board, and the .NET open source community take the .NET Foundation to the next level in this coming year.
Action Group Update: Outreach Team
We have set up our next meeting to discuss the results of our Member (and non-member) .NET Developer Survey. Now that we have identified ways that we can help, our aim is to get together the resources needed to deliver.
The meeting is on Thursday, January 9th at 10a EST. The dial in info is below:
Topic: .NET Foundation Outreach Meeting Time: Jan 9, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://stackoverflow.zoom.us/j/629118611
Meeting ID: 629 118 611
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-Sara Chipps (Director, Outreach team leader)
"Focus" event on Blazor coming Jan 14!
.NET Foundation Project Updates
We're currently getting the next version, 3.1, for release for beta testing. New features in this release include:
- Improved quality of interactive structure rendering. We've fine-tuned the interactive existing structure display to improve both the quality of rendering and the performance
- ACME structure sketcher. Current users can choose between ChemDoodle for Web or ACME, our new sketcher. ACME offers several enhancements such as grouped molecules, functional group handling and the accelerated performance and fidelity of the display.
- Improved chemical label editor which now handles nested molecules
- Scaling on High DPI screens for standard dialogues is much improved
- We're bundling a new library of natural products as standard, thanks to the CEVOpen project.
We've also decided to follow the convention of naming the release by year, not version number. So this next release will be Chem4Word 2020.
If you want to help with beta-testing then please email us with the subject line 'Beta testing'.
We have released a stable version of DotVVM 2.4 with many bug fixes and improvements, and a full support for .NET Core 3.0 and 3.1.
There are also two experimental features to try:
- Server-side viewmodel caching dramatically reduces the amount of data transferred between the client and the server on postbacks - we are now sending only viewmodel diffs.
- Lazy CSRF tokens allow to cache HTML pages generated by DotVVM and embed them as part of Progressive Web Apps.
We've also created a sample demonstrating How to modernize legacy Web Forms apps written in VB.NET using DotVVM.
Our .NET Foundation sponsored .NET Meetup Pro groups are continuing to grow worldwide. Here are some quick stats:
- 344 Groups
- 61 Countries
- 264K Members
Our .NET Meetup Pro group helps developers find your group, as well as get involved with local events like .NET Conf Local. If your meetup hasn't joined yet, you can right here.
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