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Pablito Piova
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.NET Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks📒 - Multiple programming languages 💻

Hey community! Today, I'm thrilled to unveil the .NET Interactive, your next stop for multilanguage development. If you're eager to harness the strengths of multiple programming languages in a single environment, you're in luck! Let's dive in!

Unwrapping the World of .NET Interactive

.NET Interactive stands as a powerhouse tool, functioning as an engine and API for running and editing code interactively. It empowers developers to:

  • Execute Code and Witness Results in Real-Time: A feature that eases the debugging and optimization process.
  • Evaluate Code to Provide Language Services: Think autocomplete and diagnostics, a real game-changer for boosting development efficiency.
  • Share Data Across Various Languages and Remote Machines: Promoting seamless collaboration and efficiency in large-scale projects.

Polyglot Programming with Notebooks in Visual Studio Code

Polyglot programming is all about utilizing multiple programming languages to leverage the strengths each language brings to the table for different tasks. Visual Studio Code has rolled out Polyglot Notebooks, offering seamless integration of various languages, thus fostering a rich and diversified development experience.

.NET Interactive vs Jupyter Notebook: Unveiling the Key Differences

What is a Computational Notebook?

A "computational notebook" is a tool that blends formatted text and executable code, crafting documents with real-time executable examples. It's a representation of literate programming, where a notebook houses "cells" capable of hosting both text and code.

Highlighting the Differences with Jupyter Notebook

  • Language Interoperability: While Jupyter Notebook primarily focuses on Python, .NET Interactive takes it a notch higher, allowing seamless integration of multiple languages like C#, F#, and PowerShell, fostering truly polyglot programming.


  • Integration with Visual Studio Code: Unlike Jupyter Notebook, .NET Interactive is tightly knit with Visual Studio Code, particularly through the Polyglot Notebooks extension, promising a richer and more diversified development experience. Grab the Polyglot Notebooks extension here.
  • Customization and Extensibility: .NET Interactive enables greater customization and extensibility, making it easier to craft complex object models and connect with various technologies, including SQL databases.

  • Magic Commands: are special code commands that can be run in an interactive code submission. The magic command concept is familiar to Jupyter users. With a slight change in syntax to accommodate the .NET languages, they're also available in .NET Interactive.

  • Browser Connectivity: Facilitates interaction with browsers, allowing HTML and JavaScript code execution through browser instances like Chromium.

Noteworthy Advantages of Using .NET Interactive

  1. Facilitated Multilanguage Programming: Smooth integration and execution of multiple programming languages in a single environment.
  2. Interactivity: An environment that allows real-time code execution, fostering dynamic adjustments and instant feedback.
  3. Extensibility: The ability to craft complex object models and establish connections with SQL databases and other technologies.


Wrapping Up

.NET Interactive is here to revolutionize your programming journey, offering an environment that not only makes multilanguage programming feasible but also introduces a series of features promising to enhance efficiency and collaboration in software development projects. Get inspired and explore real examples here.

I hope this explanation has been very helpful! Feel free to leave your comments and questions.

👋Until next time, community.

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