Roundup #40: Workers, NET 4.8, Require 4.7.2, AWS SDK, Developer Survey

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Been out several weeks from posting a roundup, but it’s back!

Here are the things that caught my eye this week in .NET.  I’d love to hear what you found most interesting this week.  Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

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.NET Core Workers as Windows Services

In .NET Core 3.0 we are introducing a new type of application template called Worker Service. This template is intended to give you a starting point for writing long running services in .NET Core. In this walkthrough we will create a worker and run it as a Windows Service.

I think this is pretty great and seems really logical. There are so many use cases and the most obvious to me is long running process for something like processing jobs off a queue.


Announcing the .NET Framework 4.8

We are thrilled to announce the release of the .NET Framework 4.8 today. It’s included in the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. .NET Framework 4.8 is also available on Windows 7+ and Windows Server 2008 R2+.

I realize there have been many posts about .NET Framework not being “dead” because it’s built into Windows, but “dead” to me clearly means something different. There is a lot of effort being put into being able to migrate to .NET Core. The future is .NET Core. Is the .NET Framework going anywhere? No, but don’t expect much else beyond 4.8 in my opinion.


Require .NET Framework 4.7.2

This shows how you can author a NuGet package that will provide an error message if the consumer is on .NET Framework 4.6.1 – 4.7.1.

Unfortunately, this is needed because NuGet will allow you to install a package on 4.6.1+ when netstandard2 is really only truly supported on 4.7.2. This is an unfortunate mistake and guidance early on that caused a pile of confusion.


AWS SDK for .NET now targets .NET Standard 2.0

As .NET Core and .NET Standard have matured since their initial release, Microsoft has been encouraging the community to set the baseline for .NET Standard libraries to be 2.0. .NET Standard 2.0 improves how dependencies are resolved. Taking a dependency on library that does not target .NET Standard 2.0 potentially caused confusing build errors or required unnecessary .NET assemblies in project deployment packages.


Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results 2019

Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Survey is the largest and most comprehensive survey of people who code around the world. Each year, we field a survey covering everything from developers’ favorite technologies to their job preferences. This year marks the ninth year we’ve published our annual Developer Survey results, and nearly 90,000 developers took the 20-minute survey earlier this year.


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