In 2016, Microsoft completely revamped the core architecture of Dot Net Framework. It released Dot Net Core 1.0 as an open source platform for developing custom software applications that run on three distinct operating systems – Windows, Linux and MacOS. In 2017, Microsoft announced .NET Core 2.0 and ASP.NET Core 2.0 with major performance improvements and several new features. It even complemented version 2.0 of .NET Core with .NET Standard 2.0 and Visual Studio 2017.

These new features and performance improvement contributed hugely toward making .NET Core compete with other software development platforms. According to the updated .NET Core Roadmap, Microsoft will release .NET Core 2.1 in Q2 2018. Many software developers will migrate from .NET Core 2.0 to .NET Core 2.1 in 2018 to accelerate custom software development by availing several new features and performance improvements. The state of Dot NET in 2018 will depend on the success of the upcoming versions of .Net Core and will be influenced by a number of factors.

Assessing the State of  Dot NET Core and ASP.NET Core in 2018

Optimal Interoperability

.NET Framework was originally designed with focus on programming language neutrality. Unlike other platforms,Dot Net Framework allowed programmers to write applications in a number of programming languages. Dot Net Core 2.0 will enable programmers to write applications that run on various operating systems and devices. Also, the developers can deploy the applications in various operating environments in a number of ways. They can even port applications from one platform to another without putting extra time and effort. The enhanced interoperability will make many enterprises to prefer .NET Core to other platforms.

Modern Application Development with ASP.NET Core 2.0

The features provided by ASP.NET Core 1.0 enable programmers to accelerate development of a variety of applications – websites, web applications, mobile back-ends and cloud-based applications. The developers can further deploy ASP.NET Core applications in a number of ways. In 2018, web developers can accelerate custom web application development by availing a number of new features provided by ASP.NET Core 2.0 – Razor pages, real-time performance profiling and snapshot debugging. The even have option to accelerate custom web application development by taking advantage of Entity Framework Core 2.0.

Write High Quality Code in C# 8.0

.NET Core allows programmers to write custom software applications in a number of programming languages. But a large percentage of Dot Net programmers prefer C# to avail a number of advanced language features. Microsoft has already released C # 8.0 Preview. In 2018, many programmers will write applications in C# 8.0 to avail new features like option to make references non-nullable, create lightweight classes called records, and simplify interface implementation through a new method. The new features will further contribute towards keeping C# one of the top programming languages of 2018.

Work with More Libraries and APIs through .NET Standard 2.0

In 2017, Microsoft released Dot Net Standard 2.0 to overcome the shortcomings of Dot Net Standard 1.0. Dot NET Core 2.0 as a platform implements Dot NET Standard 2.0. The updated Dot NET Standard makes it easier for programmers to work with a wide range of third-party libraries and application programming interfaces (APIs). Dot NET Standard 2.0 supports over 33000 APIs. It even supports many APIs for Dot NET Framework. The support helps programmers to migrate existing applications to Dot NET standard 2.0 while working with existing libraries and APIs.

Use .NET Core Tools in a Number of Ways

In 2017, Microsoft released .NET Core Tools 1.0 along with Visual Studio 2017. These tools support three operating systems – Windows, Linux and MacOS. At the same time, the programmers have option to use the .NET Core Tools in a number of ways – as part of Visual Studio 2017 and in a command-line. These tools make it easier for programmers to build .NET Core applications by targeting any of the three platforms. In 2018, .NET Core Tools will be used widely by developers to accelerate .NET Core application development and deployment. Microsoft is even expected to announce .NET Core Tools 2.0 in 2018.

Cloud Deployment and Migration

.NET Core enables programmers to build, test, and deploy applications with both on-premise infrastructure and cloud. It even makes it easier for programmers to migrate their existing software applications to the cloud through a number of options – Azure virtual machines, Azure app service and Docker containers. Azure virtual machines enable programmers to run existing applications in the cloud without altering the environment. Azure app service helps developers to migrate applications to the cloud by automating operating system administration. At the same time, the developers can also use Windows Server Docker containers to contenerize the applications before deploying them into the cloud. Many enterprises will opt for .NET Core to leverage multiple benefits of cloud technologies.

Accelerate Cross-Platform App Development with Xamarin

Within a short span of time, Xamarin has become one of the top hybrid mobile app development tools. It enables programmers to build a mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile with a single and shared code base written in C#. It even makes the apps deliver native user experience by leveraging the native UI and APIs. Dot Net Standard 2.0 supports Xamarin Forms. Hence, the developers can leverage Dot Net Core libraries and APIs while building cross-platform mobile apps with Xamarin. Many developers will accelerate cross-platform mobile app development by integrating Xamarin with .NET Core 2.0 and Visual Studio 2017. Here are some benefits of Xamarin for cross platform app development.

Option to Build IoT Applications

The machine to machine communication facilitated by Internet of Things (IoT) will completely change the ways software applications are designed, developed, and deployed. Microsoft extends Dot Net platform through Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to facilitate IoT application development. The developers can extend Dot Net platform through UWP to create apps for various IoT devices running on Windows 10 IoT Core. The UI Framework and APIs provided by UWP further help developers to build IoT applications by leveraging Dot Net platform. The growing demand for custom IoT application will make many users extend Dot Net platform with UWP in 2018.

On the whole, Microsoft will update Dot Net Core in 2018 with several new features and performance improvements. However, it is expected to release Dot Net Core 2.1 Preview in Q1 2018. The state of Dot Net in 2018 can be assessed more precisely once Microsoft makes Dot Net Core 2.1 available to programmers for testing and review.