Wednesday, October 3, 2007

.Net Framework - Open Source???

Microsoft announced today that the source code of .Net Framework 3.5 will be available, on a read-only license base, with Visual Studio 2008.

No, Microsoft doesn't want Open Source enthusiasts to contribute and improve the Framework (see that "read-only" designation?). Instead, they want to allow us to improve our debugging capabilities by following our code into the FW functions.

This will be cool, in my opinion, but also a bit frustrating: found a bug in a .Net function? Can't fix it (see "read-only"). Report it on Microsoft Connect and await the next service pack.

If you want to see more, read ScottGu's illustrated post, taking you step-by step into FrameWork debugging.

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