There was some interesting news on the web today, Scott Guthrie announced that “private preview of SQL Server on Linux is available starting today” and that they are “targeting availability in mid-2017”.
When combined with some other recent announcements, in my head I can see it unlocking some unique scenarios which were never possible before in the Microsoft ecosystem:
In the very near future a developer will be able to create a new website with Visual Studio Code on a Macbook, using .NET core + ASP.NET core + Entity Framework core for a full stack application, which is held in a Linux Docker container, hosted on top of a Windows Server 2016 core VM inside of the container system, with the data being retrieved from a SQL Server instance hosted on a Red Hat Linux VM.
While this may be a contrived scenario for the sake of it, it does highlight what is possible with the new tools and frameworks being released by Microsoft. It is refreshing to see Microsoft embrace developers and operations teams that are working on non-Microsoft platforms. My favourite quote I heard from the team, is that they want to have the tools work on every platform equally well, and let the best platform host win. We have also seen the ASP.NET team working hard at making sure that the new ASP.NET core framework is optimised to work much faster than previous releases and recently achieved a 2300% increase in request throughput over ASP.NET 4.6 http://www.ageofascent.com/asp-net-core-exeeds-1-15-million-requests-12-6-gbps/
Microsoft today also announced that it is joining the Eclipse foundation. In the past they had already procided Eclipse plugins for Azure Toolkit for Eclipse & Team Explorer Everywhere as well as the Java SDK for Azure enables Eclipse users to build cloud applications.
Here are a whole heap of links to help you research this new paradigm:
- .NET core (cross platform .Net that can run natively)
ASP.NET core (cross platform version of ASP.NET MVC & Web API)
- Entity Framework core (Cross platform data access layer)
- Visual Studio Code (IDE that runs on multiple platforms)
- Azure container service (Azure hosted container service)
- SQL on Linux announcement
- Red Hat Linux on Azure
- Microsoft joins the Eclipse foundation
If you are an ASP.NET developer and want to learn what is new about ASP.Net core, then there is a great usergroup talk by @AdamStephensen where he dives into what he wished he had known when getting started with it.
And to continue your education on new website development, this Dev Super Powers video by @DuncanHunter will show you how to get started with Angular 2 with Visual Studio Code.