Scott Hanselman

What is .NET? How does it work? Is it a language or a Platform?

August 13, '20 Comments [6] Posted in DotNetCore
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If you want to learn about .NET, I worked with my friends to make a whole series of videos at https://dot.net/videos that go into lots of details about C# the language, .NET the platform, ASP.NET the Web Platform and all the cool stuff you can make with it. There are a ton of free .NET videos and tutorials for you to explore (like 100, and they are easy, short, and binge worthy!)

But if you just have a few minutes and you're learning about .NET and just want to know WTF is .NET?!? Check out my YouTube. I'll explain the whole thing is a tight 20 min, from C# to F#, NuGet, and more. I'll show code, draw on the screen, and by the end you'll have a good sense of where .NET fits into the world versus things like Java, Node, Rust, Go, and more.

I hope you enjoy it! Please subscribe to my YouTube and explore my playlists and recent videos!


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:29:19 AM UTC
I have this saved in my watch later.

PS. Why not add a github link in your about box? :)
Sunday, August 16, 2020 11:37:04 AM UTC
Very good video. You really have talent for explaining things.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:14:36 PM UTC
Excellent post, Thank you Scott!
Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:39:57 PM UTC
Bookmarked this, Awesome Post.
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Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:24:21 PM UTC
As big of a fan of .net as I am, the .net ecosystem has broken down to just adding complexity for complexity's sake.

It's a large result of "see the new feature I developed, where's my pay raise" development syndrome whereby only new features are added - even duplicating existing ones - because no one gets the big promotion for "just fixing bugs".

The dev tool stack from Visual Studio - .net core - sql server - azure and on suffer from this.

This is why Azure releases a new API every 2 years and flushes the oldest one out of support - oops, too bad, we - the vendor - have no obligation to support anything longer than 3 years.


Reason why our corp only uses the common core .net, visual studio, sql server and basic basic Azure technologies - long term TCO versus cool resume driven development.

Change for its own sake just to justify one's UX or engineer job is bad.
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