Recent Updates And The Future of .NET Framework
Recently, Microsoft launched .NET 6 and all new features are already available for developers. So, what updates do the technology suggest? What is the future of the framework and will it be competitive during the next several years? And, most importantly, should businesses consider using .NET tech stack in their new projects? Let’s find out.
Main Features of .NET 6
Here are the most important updates of .NET 6:
- .NET is becoming more convenient for beginners “with clear docs, simpler code models with fewer files and concepts to learn, and intuitive paths to deploying artefacts to test and production environments.”
- The existing cross-platform client app foundation is improved through Blazor, Xamarin, and other tools.
- The system is integrated with cloud-native ecosystems and now has cloud-native features.
- .NET is made more convenient for the needs of bigger companies and enterprises.
- Easier implementation into the development process libraries from open source projects. It can be really useful in a limited-time development environment.
- Better build performance.
- Better hot reload and hot restart.
- Improving existing features to cover developers’ community requests.
- Adding cross-platform Linux testing and Web Live Preview function.
The Future of the .NET Framework
New .NET 6 features are already a good sign, but what next? What developers and business owners should expect from the .NET framework in the nearest future? First, let’s don’t forget about the main benefit of the previous .NET version. It was the first major step in plans of creating a unified platform that combines desktop, web, cloud, mobile, gaming, IoT, and AI creation tools.
Unification of different development tools into a single comprehensive system is always the best thing to do. A single point of entry to the varied programming tools helps the development steam ahead smoother, safer, and faster. Thus, it also helps to reduce the cost of the development processes.
So, further strengthening of this unification with every year to come is highly expected.
Now, let’s talk about the Themes of .NET. This is a resource inside the .NET development community that gathers the most discussed questions and trends around the technology. Thanks to Themes, we have highlighted all the possible vectors of the further evolution of .NET, including:
Making the .NET learning process even more beginner-friendly. With the bigger development community, the potential of .NET will rise as well.
Moving towards community-centered development and improvement of open-source capacities.
Polishing cross-platform features in Blazor and ASP .NET for creating better UI.
Working on more robust cross-platform functionality via MAUI that is about to replace Xamarin.Forms.
Boosting performance speed and code compilations including hot-reloading through ASP .NET and pre-compilation for Blazor, and more.
Better and wider .NET’s machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities. We can wait for improvements in the machine learning .NET library to simplify the integration of ML algorithms into various projects.
More focus on C#. It’s hard to predict how quickly Visual Basic will be completely forgotten, but we’re pretty sure C# will continue to improve thanks to increasing attention to it.
Is It Worth Using .NET For Software Development Projects in the Nearest Future?
In our opinion, enterprises, as well as small businesses, will be fully satisfied by the framework capacities and its ability to deliver reliable and secure software. And ongoing developments of the framework show us that .NET’s future is stable and prospective.
We think that the .NET framework’s next iterations will make the tool even more unified and able to handle software projects from the web to AI, IoT, cloud, and gaming.
We will continue to review all the next framework updates and actively use its features for building convenient and reliable software for our clients.