NuGet 1.4 Released

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The moon goes around the earth and when it comes up on the other side, Hark! There’s a new release of NuGet! Well, this time it was more like one and a half revolutions, but I’m happy nonetheless to announce the release of NuGet 1.4.

A big thank you goes out to the many external contributors who submitted patches to this release! Your enhancements are much appreciated!

I’ve written up much more details about what’s in this release in the NuGet 1.4 Release Notes, but I’ll highlight a few choice things in this blog post.

NuGet Self-Update Notification Check

One thing you may notice immediately if you’re running NuGet 1.3 today is that the NuGet dialog notifies you itself that there’s a new version of NuGet.

NuGet Update Check
Notification

**Note: The check is only made if the *Online** tab has been selected in the current session*.

This feature was actually added in NuGet 1.3, but obviously would not be visible until today, now that NuGet 1.4 is available.

Managing Packages Across The Solution

A lot of work in this release went into managing packages across the solution. If you’re a command-line junky, the Package Manager Console Update-Package commands now support updating all packages in all projects as well as a single package across all projects.

The NuGet dialog can also be launched at the solution level which makes it easy to choose a set of projects to install a package into, rather than installing a package into a project one at a time. This was a common request for those working on a large multi-project solution.

NuGet Project
Selection

What’s Next?

This blog post is just a tiny sampling of what’s new. Again, check out the release notes for more details.

We’re going to try better to have a roadmap of the next couple of releases hosted on the front page here: http://nuget.codeplex.com/. For now, it’s very high level and general because we really only fully plan one iteration ahead.

However, we do have an idea of some of the big themes we want to focus on:

  • Simple package creation: We constantly want to lower the bar for creating and sharing code from inside and outside of Visual Studio.
  • NuGet in the Enterprise:This includes CI scenarios outside of Visual Studio, authenticated feeds, etc.
  • Flexible packaging: Includes things like including assemblies that are not referenced but deployed and vice versa.
  • Developer Workflow: We’re looking at common workflows that don’t match our own expectations and how we can support them. This also includes workflows we do know about such as the use of pre-release packages etc.

In general though, I think we can sum up all of themes in one big theme: Make NuGet Better!

Get Involved!

If you have great ideas for NuGet, please get involved in the discussions. We try to be very responsive and we do accept external contributions as Joshua Flanagan learned and wrote about in his blog post, An opportunity for a viable .NET open source ecosystem.

Then, remembering my last experience, I figured I would at least start a discussion before giving up for the night. To my surprise, the next day it was turned into an issue – this isn’t just another Microsoft Connect black hole. After hashing out a few details, I went to work on a solution and submitted a pull request. It was accepted within a few days. Aha! This is open source. This is how its supposed to work. This works.

Onward to NuGet 1.5!

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