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NUKE - A Modern Build System for C#/.NET

Founded in April 2017, NUKE is a free, open-source build automation system for C#/.NET that runs cross-platform on .NET Core, .NET Framework, and Mono. While builds are bootstrapped with conventional Bash or PowerShell scripts, their actual implementation resides in simple C# console applications. This approach unleashes the power of the type system and natively provides IDE features like code completion, refactorings, and debugging. A custom global tool and several IDE extensions further improve how build projects are set up, authored and executed. The presentation will also focus on more recent additions to the framework, like advanced execution plans, enhanced IDE integration, flexible parameter resolution, and available build sharing options.

You can download the slides here.

Matthias Koch
Matthias is a passionate C# developer and likes to talk about clean code, testing and tooling in general. Much of his spare time in the last 5 years was devoted to his very own open-source projects. He is working at JetBrains as developer advocate for the .NET department.

Microservices for building an IDE – The innards of JetBrains Rider

Ever wondered how IDE’s are built? In this talk, we’ll skip the marketing bit and dive into the architecture and implementation of JetBrains Rider. We’ll look at how and why we have built (and open sourced) a reactive protocol, and how the IDE uses a “microservices” architecture to communicate with the debugger, Roslyn, a WPF renderer and even other tools like Unity3D. We’ll explore how things are wired together, both in-process and across those microservices. Let’s geek out!

You can download the slides here.

Maarten Balliauw

Maarten Balliauw loves building web and cloud apps. His main interests are in .NET web technologies, C#, Microsoft Azure and application performance. He is Developer Advocate at JetBrains. He's an ASP Insider and former Microsoft MVP. Maarten is a frequent speaker at various national and international events and organizes Azure User Group events in Belgium. In his free time, he brews his own beer. Maarten's blog can be found at


Practical information

Location: Virtual

This session will be streamed via YouTube. We'll provide the link to you, one or two days in advance.

This session will be in collaboration with dotnet Amsterdam and the Dutch .NET Group.

18:00 - 18:15 Virtual doors open / Introduction
18:15 - 19:00 Microservices for building an IDE – The innards of JetBrains Rider
19:00 - 19:15 Q&A
19:15 - 20:00 NUKE – A Modern Build System for .NET
20:00 - 20:15 Q&A
20:15 - 20:30 Outro (and Q&A)