If you’re a .NET developer, you probably heard that Microsoft announced NuPack this week. This will allow you to easily find open source projects and pull them directly into your project.
Here’s why I think this is really awesome — this is going to enable all kinds of open source development. Sure, it’ll be easy to pull in the big open source projects like NHibernate, but you already knew about NHibernate. I’m talking about the small, more specific open source projects that do more specific things like pagination of tables in web sites, OpenID authentication, manipulating Word documents, and such. There are lots of these sort of things in the Ruby world, and it makes development really easy because I can pull in all kinds of open source libraries from rubygems with one command from a command line.
Not only will it be easier for people to find open source, it makes developing open source cool. People out there will be trying to be the one who develops everyone’s favorite table pagination plugin for ASP.NET MVC, or a .NET wrapper for the jqGrid, and any number of other things.
I’m excited that Microsoft is putting their effort, developers, and money behind something like this and I hope that this will have a real and lasting effect on the .NET ecosystem.