These last days i have been trying out .NET development on my MacBook, not using Mono but .NET Core. Here's a short summary on what .NET Core is:
.NET Core is a modular version of the .NET Framework designed to be portable across platforms for maximum code reuse and code sharing. In addition, .NET Core will be open-sourced and accept contributions from the community.
This means Microsoft supported cross-platform .NET development. Microsoft has also released a new editor, Visual Studio Code which together with with OmniSharp supports IntelliSense, continuous building, and refactoring.
One cool thing about .NET Core is the modularity of the framwork, which means that you only pull in the parts of the .NET Core framework you need. Before when using the full .NET Framework the user was required to download the full .NET Framework, even if the user only needed 10% of it.
To pull in some libraries you run
$ dnu install System.Data.Common for example, which will download and install
System.Data.Common. Also, no more
.csproj files, instead a
project.json file has been introduced, which from the file-extension one can see is the human readable JSON format. In this
project.json file (...)