.NET Conf 2023 Was A Blast!
Written by Nikos Vaggalis   
Friday, 15 December 2023

The biggest .NET virtual event reached its 13th online conference. All the sessions have been made available on YouTube.

That's right; a huge playlist comprising of 102 videos. A lot to digest, that's why we picked the most interesting sessions in our opinion to watch.

Of course 'Welcome to .NET 8' is a must watch. Microsoft says the new version delivers improvements to the performance, stability, and security, as well as platform and tooling enhancements aimed at increasing developer productivity and speed of innovation.The session goes through the new tooling, performance improvements and the capabilities of the new APIs.

'What’s New in C# 12' is about the new language features like:

  • Primary Constructors

  • Collection Expressions

  • Spread operator

  • Inline Arrays

  • Lambda default parameters

'Building Cloud Native apps with .NET 8'
The gist here is that .NET adopts AOT to catch up with Java and
GraalVM. As a refresher, native images have several advantages over .NET interpreted applications:

  • Almost instant startup time

  • Optimized resource consumption and smaller static footprint

With .NET Native AOT you produce apps that are self-contained and that have been ahead-of-time (AOT) compiled to native code. These apps can run on machines that don't have the .NET runtime installed, therefore native images through AOT are important in bringing .NET to speed with the cloud era, even play a major role in it. The session goes through this and the new OpenTelemetry support.

'Entity Framework Core 8'
For those using the ORM, this session is insightful, as EF gets upgraded with many new features :

  • Further JSON support in relational databases

  • Use JSON to send multi-value parameters for translations such as `List. Contains`

  • Mapping and querying collections of primitive types

  • Mapping to JSON columns using SQLite

  • Use C# structs with DDD value object semantics in your classes while still splitting the contents to multiple columns in the database

  • Raw SQL queries for unmapped types

  • Official `HierarchyId` support for EF Core on SQL Server

  • Improvements to lazy loading and the change tracking APIs

There's a many many others noteworthy like :

  • Full stack web UI with Blazor in .NET 8
  • Build Intelligent Apps with .NET and Azure
  • Visual Studio Updates for .NET Devs
  • From Zero to Hero: Quickly Migrate Web Apps with Azure App Service

In any case all the session are up online for you to enjoy!

 

More Information

.NET Conf 2023 playlist
 

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