Microsoft withdraws after protests from the open source community
Microsoft withdraws after protests from the open source community

After public outcry by the open source community, Microsoft changed its decision to remove important functionality from the upcoming .NET 6 release.

Earlier this week, the company removed the bulk of Hot Reload in an upcoming .NET 6 release, angering the open source .NET community. This feature allows developers to modify the source code while the application is running and display the results instantly.

Lots of people are eager to use it in Visual Studio Code and across multiple platforms until the company makes a controversial last-minute decision to specialize in Visual Studio 2022, a paid product limited to Windows.

According to company sources, the change was made at the last minute by Julia Leeson, Microsoft's chief developer, and was a company-focused initiative.

After fierce resistance and anger from many employees within the company, the company has now reversed this change. Scott Hunter, .NET Project Management Director, stated that we made a mistake while implementing the resolution and it took longer than expected to respond to the community.

Microsoft has now accepted community requests to re-enable this feature so that it is available in the latest version of the .NET 6 SDK.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said, "We have taken steps to address issues facing some members of our open source software community. Hot Reload will be available in the public release of the .NET SDK 6 on November 8th."

.NET 6 includes fast reloading on multiple platforms

However, the company's blog does not indicate this decision. Instead, it shows that removing the code rather than disabling it is wrong rather than a business decision.

Hunter said we accidentally deleted the source code instead of just not going the source code path.

“Like many companies, we are learning to balance the needs of the open source software community and becoming a sponsor of .NET.” Sometimes we don't fix things. If we don't, the best way is to learn from our mistakes and to improve.

After weeks of turmoil in the .NET community over Microsoft's participation in the .NET Foundation, there has been a recall.

The organization was founded in 2014 when the company was developing .NET open source. An independent organization aims to improve the development and collaboration with open source .NET software.

The recent controversy also led to the recent resignation of the foundation's CEO, Claire Nowtney. Others questioned the independence of the organization that gave Microsoft special privileges.

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