I voted for this feature. In my opinion, there is a huge branding challenge when we think from UiPath’s perspective.
In any business the product responsible / business development personell have to ensure that the USP (Unique Selling Purpose) of the product is intact and that both old and new customers keep getting the same jargons / message. For UiPath it has clearly branded itself as low-code or a no-code platform and has recently been trying to get into other industries like data services and machine learning etc. all while trying to remain being a low-code, no-code platform.
If they now suddenly come out with a license for only developers and support robots on .net framework alone, they (product responsibles / business development) need to justify the scope of this market need to the management. The management will ask them these questions point blank:
- How many of these new licenses can we sell in the next 2 years?
- What is the profit margin we can except from this new license? vs. What it will cost us to build and distribute this license?
- How many developers would this benefit?
- Does this statisfy our current USP?
- Will this mean a faster execution of robot? / In short, will this compete with our other money making licenses?
Since UiPath is now a public company, the pressure to delivery on estimated profits year-on-year will be enormous. If any one of the above questions are not favourable, this feature / product will never see the day of light just because of business reasons, unfortunately.
As you mentioned, I think code integrations with studio is the closest they will ever come: Creating Activities With Code (uipath.com)