What we learned at Umbraco Codegarden 2021

by Ned Hallett
As Digital Marketing Manager and JAM’s primary pair of lungs, I provide the JAM-y take on the ever-evolving worlds of DevOps, SaaS, MACH - and acronyms yet to be coined.
Published on June 2021

Last week, we were enthralled and informed at Umbraco’s Code Garden 2021. And luckily, we had some of JAM’s most swotty and diligent members in attendance.

There was a lot to digest at this year’s Codegarden. 

And we couldn’t fit half of it into one measly blog post. So, as is tradition, here’s the highlights.

1. Huge, huge performance improvements between version 8 and 9

The boys and gals have been hard at work. And as a result, we can expect a huge performance boost in the next version – with CPU usage down 50-80%.

In other news databases will remain 99.9% the same and the framework will be be updated from .NET 4.7.2 to .NET 5 – but that really is an enormous upgrade!

2. Angular.JS is going!

To many sighs of relief, Angular.JS will shuffle out of frame with the release of Umbraco V9.

Which will clear the way for a new backoffice able to take advantage of TypeScript. With depreciation looming , this is a move many could see coming – but that doesn’t mean it’s not welcome.

The community have been asking for this, and Umbraco have obliged.

3. Umbraco Heartcore is one to watch 

Billed as more than just an Umbraco headless CMS, Heartcore is becoming more of a focus.

A ‘managed platform,’ in addition to the usual headless goodness, Heartcore supplies users with managed backoffice, API, hosting and CDN.

The talks centred around how different languages can get the most out of Heartcore: e.g how to create a single page application, using tech like Blazor and GraphQL, or using Next.js to create a whole site.

This is what many have been doing since Heartcore’s release, but it indicates Umbrco’s commitment to this rather nifty headless CMS.

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