A new Microsoft
These are exciting times to work with Microsoft technologies as the company seems to be changing their approach drastically. They are open-sourcing a ton of projects including the .NET Framework itself. Maybe the best of it all is the next version of ASP.NET will be cross-platform. There are already some proof of concept projects that run a ASP.NET vNext application on a Raspberry Pi. I like the direction they are taking so I think it’s a good time to catch up with these new instalments of my favorite IDE and programming language.
New features in a nutshell
Looking at the new features it feels like they are all about improving productivity and reducing the clutter with shorthands and less code overall. (It’s also confirmed by Mads Torgersen in his video on Channel 9)
If you check out the resources at the end of the this post you’ll notice that there is quite a flux in the features mentioned in various sources. I’ll use Channel 9 video as my primary source. It features a PM in the language team and it’s the most recent source so sounds like the most credible among all.
Here’s the list of new features:
- Auto-Properties with Initializers
- Using statements for static classes
- String interpolation
- Expression-bodied methods
- Index initializers
- Null-conditional operators
- nameof operator
- Exception-handling improvements
I was planning to go over all of these features in this post but with sample code and outputs it quickly became quite lengthy so I decided to create a separate post for each of them. Watch this space for the posts about each feature.