Microsoft.Net goes Open Source after Sun did it for Java

Some hot news for Microsoft Fans and Developers using the .Net platform. Microsoft is open sourcing .NET framework libraries.

We’ll begin by offering the source code (with source file comments included) for the .NET Base Class Libraries (System, System.IO, System.Collections, System.Configuration, System.Threading, System.Net, System.Security, System.Runtime, System.Text, etc), ASP.NET (System.Web), Windows Forms (System.Windows.Forms), ADO.NET (System.Data), XML (System.Xml), and WPF (System.Windows).  We’ll then be adding more libraries in the months ahead (including WCF, Workflow, and LINQ).  The source code will be released under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL).

You’ll be able to download the .NET Framework source libraries via a standalone install (allowing you to use any text editor to browse it locally).  We will also provide integrated debugging support of it within VS 2008.

When you debug a .NET application and hit a breakpoint in your code, you’ll now be able to see a debugger call stack that contains detailed file and line number information for the .NET Framework classes and methods in your application:

Sounds interesting.? Are we nearing the day in which we understand completely what the Exceptions mean

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2007/10/03/releasing-the-source-code-for-the-net-framework-libraries.aspx

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