372: Trends

This week Marie and Chris get together to chat about what’s been hot hot hot on CodePen lately. We’ve discovered there is a really taking to the creamy cardstock look, for one thing. Typography is always great, but we’re seeing more typographic trickery often including variable fonts. While not new, there are still loads of really wonderfully creative Pens using Three.js and p5.js. Neon-on-dark is a fresh look. We get into those and more, a bit sneakily as we can take an internal look at what the Top 100 might look like this year, but we can’t share those details too early!

Time Jumps

00:24 Trending episode

01:34 The web3 aesthetic

03:33 Pen and ink on cardstock

06:44 Variable fonts

10:18 Ask the database what’s popping?

11:42 Celebrating follower number

12:49 ThreeJS and P5 processing

20:08 Public documentation on what it takes to get picked

26:33 CodePen Challenges

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.NET 6 Released

.NET 6 has reached General Availability as of today! That means what’s in is in, and what’s out is out. You can go grab the latest SDK/Runtime from right here : https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download/dotnet/6.0

The official release post is available here : https://devblogs.microsoft.com/dotnet/announcing-net-6/

But of course, I’ll jot down some of the more important cliff notes!

.NET 6 also includes a myriad of changes to C# 10, many of which are outlined in a previous post here : https://dotnetcoretutorials.com/2021/09/23/net-6-c-10-top-new-features-recap/

Visual Studio 2022 has also been released and is available here : https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/

ASP.NET Core also gets a new release with it’s own announcement here : https://devblogs.microsoft.com/dotnet/announcing-asp-net-core-in-net-6/

.NET 6 is a LTS, that means 3 years of support. This may not sound much but it is important. .NET 3.0 for example was not LTS and was only supported for 6 months (insane for a major version number if you ask me but anyway…)
Hot Reload has made it into both Visual Studio 2022 *and* the CLI (For why the CLI is important, see here : https://dotnetcoretutorials.com/2021/10/23/the-hot-reload-debacle/)
.NET MAUI *did not* make it into .NET 6 (Even though many posts reference this). MAUI stands for “Multi Platform App UI”. Essentially the next cross platform UI for mobile and desktop (Xamarin style). Unfortunately I think the team bit off a little more than they could chew, so this will be coming a bit later.
Azure Functions (If that’s your thing) supports .NET 6 same day. This is actually huge because Azure Functions did not support .NET 5 (Ugh, don’t ask!).

All in all, a pretty solid release going forward. .NET Releases for a while have had little tag lines, and .NET 6 has “The Fastest .NET Yet”. I would say that that’s been an ongoing trend from the .NET team where each release has gotten little tune ups along the way. I’m going to be writing a bit more in the future about some of the lesser known features (For example, Single File Apps got a massive upgrade recently!), but until then dive in and have a peek yourself!

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