Visual Studio for Mac: Refresh(); event speakers and sessions

Jon Galloway

We’re just 19 days from the Visual Studio for Mac Refresh(); event and are excited to share the full agenda and speaker list with you!

Keynote: A Fresh Look at Visual Studio for Mac

Amanda Silver, Scott Hunter, Jon Galloway

Whether you’re completely new to Visual Studio for Mac, haven’t used it in a while, or use it daily and want to learn more, now’s a great time for a close look. Over the last few releases, we’ve added features and improved the existing experience to make Visual Studio for Mac the premier environment for building .NET applications on the Mac. Join us for this keynote presentation to learn how to make web, mobile, and game development easy and productive on your Mac.

Building Blazor Applications on a Mac

Daniel Roth, Kendra Havens

Blazor lets you build interactive web UIs using C# instead of JavaScript, with rich web UI components implemented using C#, HTML, and CSS. Both client and server code are written in C#, allowing you to share code and libraries. Visual Studio 2019 for Mac includes support for building Blazor Server applications, and in this session, Daniel Roth and Kendra Havens are going to show you how to get started!

Realtime Web Applications, From Four Mac to the Cloud, with SignalR + Azure

Brady Gaster

Want to build interactive applications that deliver up-to-date information without making your users constantly hit a refresh button? It’s hard, especially if you want to gracefully degrade for older clients. Fortunately, SignalR helps you build that functionality into your server-side code quickly, with great standards support and fallback! Combine that with Azure SignalR service, and you can quickly build real-time applications at scale, all from your Mac.

ASP.NET Core on macOS

Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi, Jon Galloway

ASP.NET Core is a web framework for building web apps and services… and did we mention that they’re crazy fast? We’ll show you how Visual Studio for Mac is packed with feature to help you get going quickly and stay productive, with project templates, scaffolding, debugging, deployment, and more.

Serverless on a Mac

Jeff Hollan

Serverless applications let you develop efficient, cost effective applications without worrying about application infrastructure. With Visual Studio for Mac, you can take advantage of the benefits of serverless from a familiar and productive development experience.  In this session we’ll go over how to get started developing, debugging, and testing your serverless apps on a Mac, then show you how to deploy your app to the cloud at scale in a few commands.

Building Mobile Applications on .NET with Xamarin

James Montemagno, Maddy Leger

What if you could build applications for iOS, Android, and Windows with the productivity of .NET, while still providing great native experiences? Xamarin to the rescue! James and Maddy will show you how, and show off some great new features for Xamarin development on macOS.

Building Games with Unity

Abdullah Hamed

Unity is a game development platform for building 2D and 3D games using .NET that run on 25+ platforms across mobile, desktop, console, TV, VR, AR, and the Web. Come join the fun as Abdullah shows you how to build games on your Mac.

How to be Productive Developing .NET on a Mac

Mikayla Hutchinson, Kendra Havens

Now that you’ve seen all the different types of applications you can build using Visual Studio for Mac, we’ll show you some great tips that will make your development experience more productive and fun! You’ll learn about tons of features you didn’t know existed, optional tweaks, shortcuts, and more!

Closing and Virtual Attendee Party

Jeff Fritz, Jon Galloway

Join our live stream attendee party for live chat, Q&A, trivia, giveaways, and some fun surprises! We’ll be streaming live from Channel 9 Studio, taking your questions on Twitch and Twitter, talking about what we saw during the day, and where you can go next to get involved and learn more.

We look forward to seeing you on February 24!

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