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Reactive Extensions 2.0 Released

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Reactive Extensions Team Blog - Reactive Extensions v2.0 has arrived!

"Today, we’re extremely pleased to announce the availability of Reactive Extensions for .NET (Rx) v2.0 RTM, aligned with the availability of Visual Studio 2012 RTM and Windows 8 RTM for MSDN subscribers. This is a major milestone for the Rx project and we hope you’ll love what you see!

In this post, we’ll focus on how to download and install the bits for use in various application frameworks. Unlike previous posts about the v2.0 pre-releases, we’ll defer further technical details to a series of follow-up posts. Nonetheless, we’ll give a brief introduction into the use of Portable Library with Rx v2.0 RTM.

Note: We’ve written this post in the typical font used for big announcements nowadays – Comic Sans – in honor of the Higgs boson discovery. In case you don’t want to partake in this celebration for the remainder of the post, click here to switch fonts.

Before we get started, make a note of the supported platforms for this release:

  • .NET Framework 4
  • .NET Framework 4.5
  • .NET Framework 4.5 for Windows Store apps
  • Silverlight 5
  • Windows Phone 7.5

Although this post was authored on Windows 8 using Visual Studio 2012 for screenshots, Rx can be used with Visual Studio 2010, and/or on older versions of the operating system as well. (For example, at the time of writing this post, Windows Phone development wasn’t yet publicly available in Visual Studio 2012, so that’d be a case where you have to use Visual Studio 2010 for the time being.)

Reactive Extensions for JavaScript (RxJS) users can expect the v2.0 release – including support for WinJS used in Windows Store apps – to hit the web very soon. Watch this blog for the announcement

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Reactive Extensions SDK

Reactive Extensions v2.0 SDK

Reactive Extensions (Rx) is a library to compose asynchronous and event-based programs using observable reactive data sequences and LINQ-style query operators.

Asynchronous, event-driven "reactive" programming is way too hard in today's world of development tools and frameworks. The huge amount of manual and error-prone plumbing leads to incomprehensible and hard to maintain code. As we reach out to services in the cloud, asynchronous programming is the way of life, requiring a fresh look on the problems imposed by reactive programming.

Centered around the concept of observable data sequences, Reactive Extensions (Rx) provides a framework that takes care of the hard parts of reactive event stream programming. Instead of getting lost in the jungle of asynchrony, you now can start dreaming about the endless possibilities of composing queries over event streams using familiar LINQ syntax with lots of complex event processing extensions.

For more information about these technologies, visit the Reactive Extensions (Rx) Homepage.

Microsoft Downloads - Reactive Extensions (Rx) v2.0

Reactive Extensions (Rx) is a library to compose asynchronous and event-based programs using observable reactive data sequences and LINQ-style query operators.

Quick details

Version: 2.0.20814
Date published: 8/15/2012

Language:English

Rx v2.0 SDK.msi, 2.8 MB

Overview

Asynchronous, event-driven "reactive" programming is way too hard in today's world of development tools and frameworks. The huge amount of manual and error-prone plumbing leads to incomprehensible and hard to maintain code. As we reach out to services in the cloud, asynchronous programming is the way of life, requiring a fresh look on the problems imposed by reactive programming. Centered around the concept of observable data sequences, Reactive Extensions (Rx) provides a framework that takes care of the hard parts of reactive event stream programming. Instead of getting lost in the jungle of asynchrony complexity, you now can start dreaming about the endless possibilities of composing queries over asynchronous data sources.

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