lol I told you I liked forums
So I missed the first talk tonight, but the second one was about .NET Core, and honestly what I saw impressed the hell out of me. https://www.microsoft.com/net/core#windows
Microsoft has open sourced and cross platformed .NET. The demonstration was great, and for anyone that uses Node and NPM the use is almost identical. It's a command line tool first, with GUI tooling built around it and many of the commands are very similar.
For example the speaker ran one command that built a web project, it took a few seconds and had a fully functional MVC web application, including a gulpfile, a package.json and a bower.json including BootStrap. Like Node it has a web server so just running the build command launches the site in your browser. It even had authentication ready to go.
I don't know if any of you are interested in ASP.NET development, but I just wanted to relate some of the cool things MS are doing in the community and how they're taking cues from other open source projects.
Oh, did I mention that apparently .NET Core is a lot faster than Node? He showed some independent stats that has it ranked as the 8th fastest framework (not sure framework is the right term here) and that same set of stats has Node ranked 80th. It was just released in July and v1.0.0 is capable of 313,000 requests per second ._. Like I said, cools stuff and maybe a glimpse of a future where MS becomes relevant in the development world again.