Microsoft reinstates Hot Reload tool after huge open-source backlash

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Microsoft has caved in to the pressure from the open source (opens in new tab) community and reversed its decision to yank a key feature from the upcoming .NET 6 (opens in new tab) release..

Microsoft wrongly rubbed the developers by quietly removing the Hot Reload feature (opens in new tab) from .NET 6, which reportedly allows developers to tweak source code while an app is running and observe the effects of the change in real-time.

The feature was one of the highlights of the open source .NET 6 platform. No wonder then Microsoft’s sudden decision to restrict the feature to Visual Studio (opens in new tab) 2022, a Windows-only paid product for the most part, forced the developers to ditch their laptops (opens in new tab) and grab pitchforks instead.

“....we’ve decided that starting with the upcoming .NET 6 GA release, we will enable Hot Reload functionality only through Visual Studio 2022 so we can focus on providing the best experiences to the most users,” wrote Dmitry Lyalin (opens in new tab), Principal Program Manager .NET in charge of the Hot Reload feature, last week, announcing the change that led to the furor.

Ear to the ground

The Verge has learnt from anonymous Microsoft sources that the last-minute change, pinned down as a business-focused decision, was made by Julia Liuson, the head of Microsoft’s developer division. 

Microsoft probably didn’t foresee the backlash that would result from yanking a key open source developer-friendly feature from an open source framework, and restricting it to a freemium integrated development environment (IDE (opens in new tab)). 

“First and foremost, we want to apologize. We made a mistake in executing on our decision and took longer than expected to respond back to the community. We have approved the pull request (opens in new tab) to re-enable this code path and it will be in the GA build of the .NET 6 SDK,” announced Scott Hunter (opens in new tab), Director Program Management, .NET. 

Hunter tries his best to explain Microsoft’s now-reversed decision, though admitting their mistake in executing the change.

“With the runway getting short for the .NET 6 release and Visual Studio 2022, we chose to focus on bringing Hot Reload to VS2022 first…. In our effort to scope, we inadvertently ended up deleting the source code instead of just not invoking that code path,” explains Hunter announcing the feature’s reinstatement.

Via The Verge (opens in new tab)

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.