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.NET Goodness at BUILD 2016 – .NET ALL THE THINGS!

BUILD 2016 was two weeks ago in my favorite city, San Francisco. There was a TON of .NET content & announcements delivered. Here’s a recap of all the big .NET sessions, announcements, downloads and resources. And my apologies for not getting this out sooner, but I was unexpectedly out last week. Plus, anyone trying to pay attention to all the stuff happening that week probably needed a little break anyways ;-)

.NET all the things

There were some pretty significant announcements for .NET developers.

  • Xamarin is now a part of Visual Studio, including in the free Visual Studio Community, enabling you to build iOS, Android and UWP apps that you can upload to any app store.<---- WHOOO HOOOO!
  • Xamarin Studio Community is free, just like Visual Studio Community.
  • Xamarin SDK (runtime, libraries and command line tools) will be made open source in the coming months.
  • Mono is re-licensed as MIT and part of the .NET Foundation, just like .NET Core.
  • Red Hat announced the availability of a no-cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux developer subscription.
  • Red Hat launched a new site for .NET developers:
  • The .NET Foundation has started a Technical Steering Group to enable companies formally participate in and influence the direction of .NET.
  • Red Hat, Unity and JetBrains are joining the .NET Foundation, on the Technical Steering Group.

Oh ya, we also released a preview of the next version of Visual Studio and .NET Framework and released Visual Studio 2015 Update 2. Check out the .NET related posts on all the goodness.

It’s never been a better time to be a .NET Developer! You can use .NET to literally build any app for any device.

.NET sessions

BUILD wouldn’t be BUILD without all the fantastic .NET speakers presenting. Seriously, more .NET sessions reigned in the top 10 than any other topic. Check out all the .NET sessions here with this handy link:

I’d recommend starting with the .NET Overview with Scott Hunter and Scott Hanselman. This starts out with a good high-level overview of the .NET implementations, including Xamarin, and how we want to eventually get to a .NET Standard Library.

Watch .NET Overview Download Slides

Also check out the rest of these fantastic sessions:

For all the BUILD sessions head to:

.NET for the locals

With the huge help of the local developer relations team, we put on another great local community event sponsored by the .NET Foundation and GitHub. Hosted at the Microsoft Reactor, called Open Night @ the Reactor. The event was designed to educate and energize the open source community, highlight community influencers, and showcase how Microsoft supports the local developer ecosystem. We also made a Friday pass to the BUILD Hub/Expo available to anyone that wanted one.

We had over 130 people in attendance and included lightning talks from Jono Bacon from GitHub, Shaun Walker from the .NET Foundation, Alice Deng and Eva Zheng from the student developer community (organizers of Calhacks – UC Berkeley annual hackathon), and Ryan Boyd from Neo4j.

I did a quick introduction that started off with a short story of how I am a Bay Area native who graduated from Cal State East Bay (called Hayward back then – I guess no one knows where Hayward is ;-)). I couldn’t have had a successful career without the developer community and attending then eventually speaking at user groups. Spaces like the Reactor are invaluable to the community.

I think it was a hit!

Happy to be at the local community event at @microsoft @MSFTReactor with @joeshirey and @BethMassi

— pkellner (@pkellner) April 1, 2016

6 million professional @dotnet developers worldwide! @MSFTReactor #thursdaythoughts

— Timmy Reilly (@timmyreilly) April 1, 2016

.@sbwalker talking about @DNNCorp and the at @MSFTReactor

— pkellner (@pkellner) April 1, 2016

On stabge: @alicevdeng @evadoraz @MSFTReactor Talking culture and tech! #msopen

— Jennelle Crothers (@jkc137) April 1, 2016

What about Beth?

So, what the heck have I been up to!? It’s been a couple months since I moved to marketing and I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. BUT, I did have a fantastically busy and rewarding time preparing and executing for BUILD. Here’s a couple accomplishments that you might have noticed:

Give some love to the marketing website!

We got website updated. If you ever were there previously, I’m sorry! Now we have a modern, responsive design, and better explanations of .NET Framework & .NET Core. It’s a work in progress but it’s a good start.


T-shirts! That’s what marketing people do, right?

I designed my first t-shirt and people seemed to like them. I promised to get the artwork put it in the .NET Foundation’s SWAG repo and up on soon.

My fist t-shirt as marketer for .NET! Come by the #Build2016 .NET booth mention "all the things" and get yours!

— Beth Massi (@BethMassi) March 30, 2016

Still a Community Gal

I did a podcast last month with Shawn Wildermuth as part of his Hello World Road trip. If you’re interested in hearing me blab about my life and career and my first computer check it out:

I also did a Channel 9 Live session with Scott Hunter and Rich Lander on .NET Core the last day of BUILD. Here I talk a little bit about what I’m doing now and why I’m so excited about .NET now and into the future.

Watch: Channel 9 Live – .NET Core

dotnetConf Virtual Conference June 7-9

imageLast but not least, we’ve started planning the next dotnetConf! You should see the website updated with the June 7-9 dates. Are you ready to rediscover .NET? 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. The live stream will be broadcasted on

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.

Let us know you’re interested, sign up at, and we’ll keep you posted when the agenda goes live.

WHEW! That’s a lot. I’ll try not to be so much of a stranger here on this blog. Until next time.