Whoa.. Microsoft Goes Open Source with the .NET Framework

I’m kinda late on this but arstechnica reports that “Microsoft has opened the source code to the .NET Framework libraries under a read-only reference license. Developers who want to check out the source code need only upgrade to the newly released Visual Studio 2008 to gain access to it.”

This is something I’ve always dreamed about — learning by a large software firm’s example. I can remember how disappointed I was during the first dotcom when companies would go down and take their source code and website designs with them. Woudln’t it have been amazing if they would have donated their site templates to OSWD.org? As for the code, I realized the other year after looking at my own dotcom code, that the styles were probably pretty bad and not so good to learn from.

Check out Scott Gu’s blog entry for more information on the libraries that are being opened.

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain RealCajunRecipes.com in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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One comment on “Whoa.. Microsoft Goes Open Source with the .NET Framework
  1. Thanks for this information. I’ve been on the debating line of moving to VS2008 for some time; this is a key benefit that I was not aware of. Rare are the times that you want to digg into the source code; but its those few times that do matter. The raw intermediate language just doesn’t cut it.

    Java has always had this benefit and I’m looking forward to getting it now with .Net.


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