What is Rider IDE?

Overview of integrated development environment for .NET development
22 August 2017   1735

JetBrains are well known developers of different IDEs, among them:

  • RubyMine
  • PyCharm
  • PhpStorm 
  • and Kotlin, programming language

Today we will give you a small review of Rider - an IDE for .NET developers. It was released recently.

Features of Rider IDE

  • Cross-platform .NET IDE: you can use it on Windows, Mac and Linux. Rider lets you develop ASP.NET, .NET Core, .NET Framework, Xamarin and Unity applications.
  • Languages supported by Rider include C#, VB.NET, F#, ASP.NET’s Razor syntax, JavaScript, TypeScript, XAML, HTML, CSS, SCSS, LESS, JSON, and SQL.
  • Rider’s feature set includes 2,000+ live code inspections across the supported languages, 500+ refactorings, a variety of code base navigation helpers, a unit test runner, debugger, rich coding assistance, and a lot more advanced IDE features.

Learn more at JetBrains website.

.NET Standard 2.1 to be Released

IT giant added a lot of new features and updates to its programming platform standard
07 November 2018   277

Microsoft developers have updated .NET Standard to version 2.1, adding to it a number of improvements and a large number of APIs. .NET Standard is a set of common interface specifications for the .NET Framework, .NET Core, Mono, Xamarin, and others. A library that meets the specifications of .NET Standard can be used on other .NET platforms.

Main updates:

  • Span data type support for all platforms. Span allows to work with strings, arrays and other types of data, and also introduces an abstraction of access to a certain section of memory for both read and write. This will simplify development. In general, Span is at the heart of most performance improvements in .NET Core 2.1.
  • Foundational-API - updated standard for performance. It, unlike Span, expands the list of program interfaces, and not data types.
  • Updated ValueTask type for high load scripts. ValueTask returns the result if the operation is performed synchronously without creating a new task, which affects the overall software performance. Using ValueTask allows to minimize the overhead of a PC or server. The type itself appeared in .NET Core 2.1, and in the new version it additionally uses such types as Socket and NetworkStream.
  • Reflection emit adds type generation technology 'on the fly'. Separately, it has already been used, but now it is included in the standard. The .NET ecosystem usually makes extensive use of dynamic functions, so Reflection emit allows to optimize system performance.
  • The previously used SIMD API is now included in .NET Standard in the NuGet package.
  • There was a primitive DbProviderFactories. It makes it easier for libraries and applications to use ADO.NET technology. The registered instance of DbProviderFactory is selected by name from the database configuration parameters.
  • Functions System.HashCode and System.String added to base class libraries.

In .NET Standard 2.1, it is planned to add about 3 thousand APIs, some of which will be simply updated, while others will be completely new. This solves the problem of sharing code for .NET developers on all platforms. Learn more at official blog.