.NET Core 2.0 Preview Improves Platform Support
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The latest version of .NET Core is available in preview with improvements to the platform support and the ability to reference .NET Framework libraries from .NET Standard libraries.

The new version has updated support for several platforms, starting with Azure App Service. .NET Core 2.0 Preview 2 is being rolled out to App Service and will be available with Azure App Service by the end of the week.  Support has also been added for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, starting with SLES 12 SP2. For Mac users, there's an updated .NET Core designed to overcome issues previously identified on macOS High Sierra.

The ability to reference .NET Framework libraries from .NET Standard libraries is described as helping you migrate .NET Framework code to .NET Standard or .NET Core over time (start with binaries and then move to source). It is also useful in the case that the source code is no longer accessible or is lost for a .NET Framework library, enabling it to be still be used.

 

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Another improvement to the new version is an updated WCF Connected Service Provider. This is an extension for Visual Studio 2017 that can be used to generate WCF client proxy code in .NET Core & ASP.NET Core applications. There's also an updated version of WCF for .NET that adds support for projects built on .NET Core 2.0 Preview 2 or ASP.NET Core 2.0 Preview 2. The updated WCF provider adds support for SOAP encoded messages, support for service operations that can initiate or close sessions; and the ability to use custom proxy addresses for Http & Https bindings on Windows.

The final main change is an improvement to the use of commands. Until now, the dotnet restore command has required  a set of keystrokes whenever you wanted to install required project dependencies. If you forgot, processes, including run, build and publish, would fail. The dotnet restore command is now implicitly called on your behalf so avoiding the error messages.

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