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What you need to know

  • It's the 20th anniversary of .NET, Microsoft's open-source developer platform.
  • Microsoft will celebrate the occasion with a live broadcast at 12 PM ET on February 14, 2022.
  • Developers can use .NET to create apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, the web, and mobile platforms.

Microsoft will celebrate the 20th anniversary of .NET with a live broadcast today, February 14, 2022. The stream starts at 9 AM PT (12 PM ET) and will go on for 45 minutes. With .NET, developers can build apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, mobile platforms, and the web. The cross-platform and open-source developer platform has been around through several versions of Windows and has evolved over the years as an important tool for developers.

For those unfamiliar with .NET, Microsoft has an eight-part series explaining what the platform is and what it allows developers to do. In short, a developer platform is a set of languages and libraries that can be used to create apps. Several popular languages are supported by .NET, including C#, F#, and Visual Basic. The developer platform can be used to create apps for just about every major platform, including Windows, macOS, and the web. With Xamarin, it can also be used for mobile development.

Microsoft also has a library of videos and articles to help developers get started with .NET.

In addition to supporting desktops and mobile devices, .NET can be used to develop for the Internet of Things (IoT), the cloud, machine learning, and microservices.

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