After over a year’s worth of effort by their .NET team and community, Microsoft announced two major long awaited releases – NET 6 and Visual Studio 2022. 

C# 10 and F# 6 will be used to deliver language improvements that make writing code simpler and better. .NET 6 natively supports Apple Silicon (Arm64) and has also been improved for Windows Arm64. Cloud diagnostics have also been improved with dotnet monitor and OpenTelemetry. Microsoft highly recommends developers start to migrate their apps to this new version.

.NET 6 can be downloaded for Linux, macOS, and Windows.

What are the new features ot .NET 6?

Beginning with Hot Reload. It allows code changes to be viewed without needing to restart the app. Other new features are the OpenTelemetry and dotnet monitor support. Improvements to Visual Basic in the Visual Studio experience and Windows Form project experience have also been made. New features also include the ability to render Blazor components from JavaScript,WebAssembly AOT compilation for Blazor WebAssembly apps.HTTP/3 support Support for symbolic links in File IO, support for OpenSSL, the ChaCha20Poly1305 encryption scheme, and runtime defense-in-depth mitigations, as well as source generators and analyzers are also novelties. 

Support

.NET 6 is supported in Visual Studio 2022 Visual Studio 2022 for Mac. .NET 6 delivers a platform for browsers, cloud, desktops, IoT, and mobile apps. The platform has been updated to serve the needs of all app types and to facilitate the process of re-using code across apps. New capabilities and improvements are available to all apps, so that the code running in the cloud or on a mobile device behaves the same way and has the same benefits.

Visual Studio 2022

Microsoft claim the two main themes of Visual Studio 2022 are developer productivity and quality-of-life improvements. It includes IntelliCode, an AI-assisted tool that completes whole lines of code and spots repeated edits and suggest similar fixes throughout the codebase.

Visual Studio 2022 also includes Hot Reload, Web Live Preview, and cross-platform testing on Linux.

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