Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 15:29 UTC, submitted by AlexandreAM
Microsoft "Microsoft, which has been pursuing concurrent improvements for its Visual Basic and C# programming languages, plans to open up compilers for the languages and add capabilities for asynchronous programming and immutability. Discussed at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, the blueprint for the two languages will feature compilers as services and accommodations for multicore processors, said Luca Bolognese, program manager for the languages group at Microsoft."
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by TommyCarlier on Fri 20th Nov 2009 11:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Sure, you can compile source code to .NET assemblies, but that just calls the native compiler (source file(s) -> assembly file). The new compiler-as-a-service gives you access to the AST in memory. You'll be able to use the official parser for C#/VB instead of writing your own, if you need to analyze source code (or modify the AST before compiling it down to MSIL).

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