The week in .NET – 5/31/2016

Bertrand Le Roy

To read last week’s post, see The week in .NET – 5/24/2016.

DotNetConf 7-9 June

Are you ready to rediscover .NET? Well, dotnetConf is back!


Immerse yourself in the world of .NET and join our live stream for 3 days of free online content June 7 – 9 featuring speakers from the .NET Community and Microsoft product teams. Watch and ask questions after each session for a live Q&A. The live stream will be broadcasted on Channel9.

There’s never been a better time to be a .NET developer. Learn to develop for web, mobile, desktop, games, services, libraries and more for a variety of platforms and devices all with .NET! We’ll have presentations on .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Roslyn, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and much more. Take a look at our lineup of great speakers and sessions. We’ll have keynotes from Miguel de Icaza, Scott Hunter, and Scott Hanselman and a lot of great content from our community.

For more information, check out our website and stay tuned to #dotnetconf & @dotnet on Twitter.

See you on the live stream!


Last week on the show, we had Maoni Stephens to talk about .NET garbage collection. It was a fascinating journey into this crucial subsystem, with many great insights:

This week we speak with Lucian Wischik, Program Manager on the Managed Languages team at Microsoft, and concurrency expert.

Package of the week: FluentAssertions

Preferences in assertion API styles vary. FluentAssertions allows for assertions that are very readable:

The library supports MSTest, NUnit, xUnit, and more, and runs on both .NET Framework and .NET Core.

Xamarin App of the week: Haven Holidays

Haven Holidays is one of the UK’s largest family holiday parks with 36 locations across the country’s most beautiful coastline. Rarely Impossible delivered two beautifully designed apps that enhance the guest experience built entirely with Xamarin.Forms and in only 4 months!

You can read more about the development process of this fantastic app on the Rarely Impossible blog.

Haven Holidays screenshot on iOS & Android

Game of the week: ElemenTales

ElemenTales follows four brothers who have been cursed to exist in the form of one of the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Players must navigate a series of 3D puzzles while using the unique abilities tied to each brother to move on to the next level. ElemenTales has 24 levels that increase in complexity and feature a low-poly graphics style.


ElemenTales was created by Total Monkery using Unity and C#. It is currently available on the Windows Store. More information can be found on their Made With Unity page.

User group meeting of the week: Shawn Wildermuth & Miguel de Icaza at Microsoft DevBoston

Don’t miss Shawn Wildermuth and Miguel de Icaza tonight Tuesday, May 31, at 6:30PM at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA. You’ll attend the recording of the Hello World podcast, and an hour-long technical talk on ASP.NET Core.




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



And this is it for this week!

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