Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Dec 2016 00:36 UTC

The Windows' NTFS file system has supported symlinks since Windows Vista. However, it hasn't been easy for Windows developers to create symlinks. In our efforts to continually improve the Windows Developer experience we're fixing this!

Starting with Windows 10 Insiders build 14972, symlinks can be created without needing to elevate the console as administrator. This will allow developers, tools and projects, that previously struggled to work effectively on Windows due to symlink issues, to behave just as efficiently and reliably as they do on Linux or OSX.

Pretty sure a few developers out there are rolling their eyes, sighing 'finally'.

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by l3v1 on Sat 3rd Dec 2016 09:42 UTC
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Pretty sure a few developers out there are rolling their eyes, sighing 'finally'.

I was just smiling. Uncomfortably. For all the bells and whistles that Windows got over the decades, sh*tloads of basic but important functionalities have been neglected for so long, that even making jokes about them has gone out of fashion.

What drove this change? - The availability and use of symlinks is a big deal to modern developers

I wonder, what made them suddenly think "modern" devs use or need symlinks. I think these people are just out of whack.

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RE: finally?
by bhtooefr on Sat 3rd Dec 2016 13:28 in reply to "finally?"
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I suspect it's all tied into the reasoning for a clunky Linux environment running inside Windows - "modern" developers aren't using Visual Studio workflows, they're using *nix dev workflows.

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RE[2]: finally?
by bnolsen on Sat 3rd Dec 2016 19:40 in reply to "RE: finally?"
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Us unix based developers aren't going to pay money for the privilege of having updates and advertising forced on us.

The real play sadly is to the PHBs, MS's target audience. They hold the dollars and are the ones who can force us to develop on this platform.

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RE[2]: finally?
by rklrkl on Sat 3rd Dec 2016 22:25 in reply to "RE: finally?"
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Ah yes, the definitely clunky "Windows Subsystem for Linux" (shouldn't that be the other way around? :-) ) intro'ed with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

As I could have guessed, it was a half-baked Microsoft effort with much of the /proc functionality missing, particularly the networking stuff. Also, I was mystified why Linux users weren't mapped to their Windows users equivalent and you had to create Linux users from scratch.

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