The week in .NET – 1/19/2016

Bertrand Le Roy

To read last week’s post, see The week in .NET – 1/12/2016.


Last week, we had Jonathan Chambers on the show to talk about Unity. This week, we’ll have Don Syme, and we’ll talk about F#.

Package of the week #1: NATS client

Microservices and IoT both require distributed architectures where a large number of endpoints communicate fast and reliably. NATS is a popular high-performance cloud-based messaging system that is an excellent fit for such scenarios. The .NET client for NATS can publish over 3 million messages per second (and that’s in a VM, on a developer laptop).

Here’s how you’d send a simple object on the message bus, with a subject “foo”:

Other actors can asynchronously subscribe to the same subject and process objects:

You can read more about the NATS .NET client in NATS In Microsoft .NET.

Package of the week #2: VerbalExpressions

Regular expressions are hard to write, read, and debug: they’re a terse, but powerful DSL. VerbalExpressions is a library that makes it possible to write regular expressions using a more expressive syntax:

You are still using and running regular expressions, but your code is a lot easier to understand.

VS plugin of the week: Alive

Alive is a very cool Visual Studio extension that lets you visualize the effects of your code as you are typing it.

User group of the week: dotNet Miami

Cecil Phillip is talking at the dotNet Miami user group on Thursday, January 21 at 6:30PM about going beyond dependency injection with Autofac. The second talk of the night will be Camilio Sanchez on stress-free API integration.




Check out F# Weekly for more great content from the F# community.

And this is it for this week!

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This week’s post (and future posts) also contains news I first read on ASP.NET’s community spotlight, on F# weekly, on ASP.NET Weekly, on Dirk Strauss’ The Daily Six Pack, and on Chris Alcock’s The Morning Brew.


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