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State of the .NET Union: .NET 5.0 Preview Release 8

.NET 5.0 Preview Release 8 is LIVE. Not only is Microsoft following an aggressive development schedule for .NET 5.0, but they are achieving their objective — hitting all of the projected milestones with marginal delays. The preview releases that we have been monitoring are demonstrating solid work and attention to detail. Here is what you need to know in the run-up to the most important advancement in code since ... well, since the invention of .NET.
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Google Chrome Release 84 — Here’s What We Know Now

There are recent July 4th updates to the Chrome browser can affect just about every website on the internet — Chrome 84. We are tracking these to ensure that our customers are well-prepared for updates and adapted to the changes as they occur. Here’s what you need to know.
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How To Budget IT Projects for Your Business — A Step-By-Step Guide

Understanding how to budget for larger IT projects is critical. But it is the specter of unexpected costs and budgetary over-runs that can intimidate even the most seasoned executive. In this article, we will lay out the logic for major project budgeting and provide some rules of thumb to smooth out the process.
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The Biggest Announcements from Microsoft Build 2020: The Community Weighs In

Microsoft Build is one of the biggest events each year for developers. If you write code for .NET, C#, or any other development platform on the Microsoft stack, then MSBuild is Christmas morning — tons of new toys to open up and start playing with. We asked notable Microsoft Community members what the biggest, coolest, or most important announcements coming out of MSBuild 2020. Here’s what they said.
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Build Secure Applications & Websites Using .NET Core 3.1

Is .NET 3.1 Secure? The short answer is “yes.” The longer answer is that — just like with any development framework — .NET Core is as safe as the development best practices and maintenance deployed to create the code and keep it updated. Here is our overview along with additional references and links to keep your sites and applications safe.
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When Do I Upgrade Major Versions of .NET Core?

You want your production releases to go live on a stable, fully-supported platform. And if you are in active development, you need to know the risks and prepare for updates and changes on pre-release versions and also on versions that may not have Long-Term Support (LTS). In this post, we decode the Microsoft release cycle numbering schema for the .NET Core framework.