I work at Microsoft, so I know some of the things that are going to be announced and released at Build each year. My involvement this year was a bit different as I only presented an intro to C# course for students. My team had several sessions and hosting opportunities, so I got to sit back and enjoy watching keynotes and sessions. I have to say it was extremely delightful and a reminder of the breadth of products and verticals that Microsoft covers. When I went to PDC (The Professional Developers Conference), my first conference, on the Microsoft campus back in 2010 it was pretty much only focused on three products: Windows, Windows Phone, and the launch of Azure. As Microsoft has evolved and changed the mindset, any developer, any app, any platform, it has been invigorating to see the progress in so many different solutions.
Yes, there is less .NET content at Build, but we have a constant influx of .NET content through .NET Live TV and .NET Conf. I have to say it was nice to go in and pick sixish sessions in and around .NET to watch and then go pick a bunch of other ones on topics I have always want to know more about including Project Reunion, Power Platform, and Pytorch. I enjoyed throwing a few on-demand sessions into my “backpack” and going back later and checking them out. Overall, I had a lot of fun, and I am super excited more now than ever for .NET 6, Hot Reload everywhere, .NET MAUI, and .NET MAUI + Blazor!
Random most amazing thing though from the conference has to be Power Fx
. This is a new natural language programming model for PowerApps that is powered by GPT-3! How it works is something like this:
Natural language input: Show 10 orders that have “stroller” in the product name and sort by purchase date with newest on the top.
AI-generated code output: FirstN(Sort(Search(‘BC Orders’, “stroller”, “aib_productname”), ‘Purchase Date’, Descending)
MIND BLOWN! I can’t wait to see what is next for this type of enhancements to the day in the life of a developer no matter how much or little code you write.
What did you think of Build? Let me know.