Announcing the availablity of the WinWrap® Basic WWB.NET/5 Language Option enabling developer and end-user scripts to access and call the thousands of reusable classes from Microsoft's .NET 5.
The WinWrap® Basic WWB.NET/5 Scripting Language Option enables:
In May of 2019 Microsoft announced the release of .NET 5 for November, 2020. The naming of .NET 5 is a bit confusing. It will be a continuation of Microsoft's .NET Core v3 implementation of .NET. It is not a direct successor to Microsoft's .NET 4 Framework implementation of .NET. These two implementations of .NET have mostly similar types, but the implementation details are completely different. An instance of a .NET 4 type cannot be used by .NET 5. Similarly, an instance of a .NET 5 type cannot be used by .NET 4.
Today, .NET 5 is still in preview. Install the latest preview from Microsoft to use WWB.NET/5 with .NET 5. (WWB.NET/5 will also work with .NET Core 3.1, but that support will not continue after .NET 5 has been offically released.)
Two new "languages" have been added to WinWrap Basic: "WWB.NET/4" and "WWB.NET/5". These languages determine the primary implementation of .NET that the script can access. Since, accessing both .NET 4 and .NET 5 simultaneously may be a script requirement, the "other" implementation of .NET can be accessed using the new .NET other character (@) when specifying a type.
WinWrap's WWB.NET/5 Scripting Language Option enables developers and end-users to access and call the thousands of reusable classes in the .NET 5. In fact, adding the WinWrap® Scripting Engine with the WWB.NET Language Option to your COM application may be the most cost effective to add the entire power of the Microsoft .NET 5 to your existing COM application. The WWB.NET/5 language provides direct access to .NET 5 types while The WWB.NET/4 language provides direct access to .NET 4 types. With the WWB.NET/5 Scripting language option both .NET 4 and .NET 5 are accessible at the same time.
WinWrap's WWB.NET/5 Scripting Language Option will give developers and end-users the ability to access and call the many reusable classes, interfaces, and value types contained in Microsoft's .NET 5 Class Library. With the WWB.NET/5 Scripting language option both .NET 4 and .NET 5 are accessible at the same time.
.NET 5 provides a Json assembly (System.Text.Json.dll) for working with JSON text. .NET 4 does not include this namespace/dll. The two sample scripts below show how to use this .NET 5 assemply.
The script below uses .NET 5 from a .NET 4 style script. The '#Language "WWB.NET" special comment indicates .NET 4 because all existing scripts are written for the .NET 4 implementation. Alternatively, '#Language "WWB.NET/4" can be use to be explicit about using the .NET 4 implemenation.
Notice that the script references a .NET 5 assembly from a WWB.NET script. To access a .NET 5 type from a WWB.NET script a type name is prefixed with an @ character. The @ character means the type comes from the other .NET implementation which in this case is .NET 5 because .NET 4 is the primary .NET implementation.
The script below uses the .NET 5 to do the same thing, but in this case .NET 5 is the primary .NET implementation as indicated by the '#Language "WWB.NET/5" line. And, to demostract access to .NET 4, the list of strings is stored in a .NET 4 System.Collections.Generic.List(Of String). Here using the @ character before the type name means the type comes from the other .NET implementation which in this case is .NET 4 because .NET 5 is the primary .NET implementation.
In summary, for both .NET and COM host applications, Polar Engineering's WinWrap® Basic Scripting Engine with the WWB.NET/5 Language Option enables developer and end-user scripts to access and call any .NET 5 Code Assembly.
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