Microsoft to give read access to .NET source code

eWeek.com reports that Microsoft will be giving read access to .NET source code. The website says ” Microsoft will give developers a view into the source code but won’t let them touch it.

                                 Visual Studio 2008

Scott Guthrie, general manager of the Microsoft .Net Framework in Microsoft’s Developer Division, said ” A developer writing C# or VB [Visual Basic] can set a breakpoint in their code and then step into the library function and see our code,” Guthrie told eWEEK. “The access to the source is nice, but the debugger integration is really nice. You don’t have to manually configure anything.”

Guthrie has informed that Microsoft will provide developers with the ability to download and browse the source code with the .Net 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 release later this year.

This move of Microsoft definitely seems like a catch up act after Google’s announcement of going Open with many of its web applications.

via eWeek

Do comment your views on this.

Cheers,

Vaibhav


 

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4 Responses

  1. wowo wow wow wow , hold up a minute!. if i can read the source code, cant i just copy it, past it and compile it somewhere else according to my likings!. Hence, its not read access any more!?!?!?!?!?

  2. Hi Mozey,
    In simple words, had it been this easy, they would not have dont that 😉
    Cheers,
    Vaibhav

  3. AAAAh!, so its one of those “Possible in theory” answer.

  4. I was useful very much.
    Thank you

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