Microsoft just announced some exciting changes, and we're ready with our support for Visual Studio 2019, .NET Core 3.0, the .NET Foundation and more.
A lot of great information was shared during Microsoft Connect();. Whether you are a Visual Studio user (and if you aren’t, you should remedy that), interested in desktop development, a friend of .NET, interested in Azure or eager to see how .NET Core 3.0 will change your life, there was something for you in today’s announcements.
As the Telerik team at Progress works closely with our friends at Microsoft, we have some news to share around their announcements as well. Read on to learn more about our commitment to the .NET Foundation, Zero-Day support for Visual Studio 2019 and .NET Core 3.0, and one of the first pull requests made by us to the newly open-sourced WinForms project.
Progress Named .NET Foundation Corporate Sponsor
The .NET Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization, created in 2014 to foster open development and collaboration around the growing collection of open source technologies for .NET. It serves as a forum for commercial and community developers alike to strengthen the future of the .NET ecosystem by promoting openness, community participation and rapid innovation.
Microsoft announced on December 4 that the .NET Foundation will operate under an open membership model. This means that any contributor to .NET is eligible to become a member and participate and vote in the annual Board of Directors elections. Furthermore, the .NET Foundation is expanding its Technical Steering Group to a Corporate Sponsor Program.
The Telerik team at Progress is proud to be among the first corporate sponsors of the .NET Foundation and looks forward to helping to shape the future of .NET through its participation as a technical advisor.
.NET Core 3.0 Support
Also released on December 4 was .NET Core 3.0 Preview which brings in support for WinForms and WPF applications, and in keeping with our commitment to support the developer ecosystem, the Telerik team at Progress announced 0-day support for the new framework. All Telerik UI for WinForms and WPF controls are compatible with the preview version and will be fully compatible when .NET Core 3.0 is released for general availability. Feel free to head to your Telerik accounts and download the .NET Core version of the products!
According to Scott Hunter, .NET Core 3.0 addresses three scenarios .NET Framework developers have requested including side-by-side versions of .NET that support WinForms and WPF; the ability to embed .NET directly into an application; and it allows desktop developers to truly benefit from the better high-DPI support, among other benefits .NET Core affords. To learn more about what was announced with the .NET Core 3.0 preview, visit the Microsoft .NET blog.
Telerik and Kendo UI Controls Compatible with the Latest Visual Studio 2019 Preview
Download the Telerik and Kendo UI Visual Studio extensions from the marketplace:
Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core, Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC, Telerik Reporting, and JustMock extensions will be available with our next major release (January 2019).
Each of the toolkits provides access to more than 70 ready-to-use UI controls (some toolkits have double that amount). Grid, Dropdown and Menu, and advanced line-of-business controls such as Charts, Gantt, Diagram, Scheduler, PivotGrid and Maps are just a few of the modern controls that come standard in each suite.
Telerik Team Makes One of the First Pull Request to WinForms Repo on GitHub
Microsoft officially open sourced the Windows Forms and WPF frameworks on Tuesday, December 4 and the Telerik team at Progress executed one of the first pull request on the new repository with its contribution of a very neat functionality called NullText. The feature allows the developer to show a string watermark when the text of a control is null. Such a functionality has been a standard in UI for various platforms, as it provides great user experience, by informing the end user what is expected from them to input e.g. “Enter your name.”
If you had asked me ten years ago if i thought Microsoft would open source anything, I would have simply laughed - it is amazing to see them go as far as open sourcing Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation. This clearly shows Microsoft's dedication to open source and community driven products.
2019 is looking to be an exciting year in the Microsoft developer space. As you move to the latest version of Visual Studio or begin to build on .NET Core 3.0, we will be compatible and ready for you with the best UI controls on the market.