Sunday, October 07, 2007

Microsoft releases source code for .NET Framework 3.5

Last week ScottGu in his latest post unveiled a plan by Microsoft to release the source code of .Net Framework 3.5 to developers under the Microsoft Reference License and to add automatic debugging support for the framework libraries in Visual Studio 2008. Needless to say this is one of the biggest steps the software giant is making to help developers be more productive. One apparent improvement is that we'll be able to see what actually happens in those sealed classes, but we'll also have the choice to learn from the code new developer techniques or why not write alternative solutions. I also anticipate that a plethora of developers from the community will be digging deep into the code making suggestions for improvements, finding bugs, writing books about new tips and tricks and helping Microsoft define the next versions of the .Net framework.

It is a win-win situation and a change of monumental proportions for the .Net developer community, which will certainly increase the popularity of the .Net framework and its reliability.

.Net developers of planet Earth - rejoice!

Dovizhdane.

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