Are you ready to move to .NET 6?

.NET 6 marks the culmination of an exerted effort to unify the strands of the full-fat .NET Framework, .NET Core and Xamarin/Mono - which began in .NET 5 with Blazor WebAssembly.

20-12-2021
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Are you ready to move to .NET 6?

.NET 6 marks the culmination of an exerted effort to unify the strands of the full-fat .NET Framework, .NET Core and Xamarin/Mono - which began in .NET 5 with Blazor WebAssembly.

We can expect to see .NET Multi-platform App UI (.NET MAUI) really coming together in 2022 – cross-platform app development

Do you like lists? I hope so, because here’s a list of some of the highlights to consider if you’re exploring the benefits of moving up – or across – to .NET 6 and the latest tooling:

  • New language features in C# 10
  • ASP.NET Core 6 & Razor / Blazor
  • Visual Studio 2022
  • Entity Framework (EF) Core 6

New Language Features in C# 10

Are you ready to move to .NET 6?


C# 10 released in November 2021 as the go-to language for .NET 6 development, using Visual Studio 2022. Here’s what you’ll find:

    • Record structs - declare value type records
    • Improvements of structure types
    • Interpolated string handlers
    • global using directives
    • File-scoped namespace declaration
    • Extended property patterns - reference nested properties or fields
    • Improvements on lambda expressions
    • Allow const interpolated strings
    • Record types can seal ToString()
    • Improved definite assignment
    • Allow both assignment and declaration in the same deconstruction
    • Allow AsyncMethodBuilder attribute on methods
    • CallerArgumentExpression attribute
    • Enhanced #line pragma

    …Find out more about C# 10 at docs.microsoft.com

    ASP.NET Core 6 Updates

    Microsoft have continued to improve support for integrating ASP.NET with JavaScript frameworks (i.e. React and Angular) but there’s a lot of new stuff happening under its own bonnet…

    • Minimal APIs - create HTTP APIs with minimal dependencies
    • SignalR – performance improvements
    • Razor Compiler using C# source generators
    • Many ASP.NET Core performance and API improvements
    • Reduced memory footprint for idle TLS connections
    • Vcpkg port for SignalR C++ client
    • Blazor WebAssembly – use native WebAssembly dependencies, AOT compilation, JS Interop and lots more
    • Kestrel web server improvements
    • HTTP/3 (still in Preview)
    • Authentication with Duende Identity Server (may require license for production systems)
    • Hot Reloads
    • Improved Code analysis in ASP.NET Core apps
    • Templates for Angular 12 and React 17
    • HTTP logging middleware

    There’s plenty more info to dig into here.

    Are you ready to move to .NET 6?

    Why upgrade to Visual Studio 2022?

    Getting your development set up just right can be like breaking in a new pair of slippers – you know it’s probably going to be worth it in the long run, but there has to be a compelling reason to make the leap. Lone-wolf developers and hobbyists have been playing with the pre-release previews for some time now but for commercial development there’s a lot riding on making sure that upgrading isn’t going to break existing projects, so some parallel testing will be a must before moving your dev team over.

    So, what are some of the key benefits of VS 2022?

    • VS 2022 is now 64bit – make the most of all that lovely RAM
    • Find in Files receives a big performance increase to boost productivity
    • Further enhancements to Intellisense for code completion
    • VS 2022 UI customisation options
    • Provides a Unified framework for Web, Client & Mobile apps across Windows and Mac
    • Improved C# and C++ dev tools (including C++20 support)
    • Support for multiple repositories in the same solution
    • .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI) Preview 10
    • XAML and .NET Hot Reload

    Ready to give it a spin? You can download Visual Studio 2022 right now.


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