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General Development "Looking past the Metro hype, the Build conference also revealed promising road maps for C#, Visual Studio, and the .Net platform as a whole. Perhaps the most exciting demo of the conference for .Net developers, however, was Project Roslyn, a new technology that Microsoft made available yesterday as a Community Technology Preview. Roslyn aims to bring powerful new features to C#, Visual Basic, and Visual Studio, but it's really much more than that. If it succeeds, it will reinvent how we view compilers and compiled languages altogether."
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Always is a very long time...or not.
by Soulbender on Mon 24th Oct 2011 23:50 UTC
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Microsoft has always been top-notch when it comes to developer tools.

Apparently "always" doesn't go that far back. I can remember a time when MS compilers and developer tools wasn't really used by anyone doing serious development. The companies making great compilers and dev tools was Borland and Watcom and many others. Ms, not so much.

If it succeeds, it will reinvent how we view compilers and compiled languages altogether.

Right. Of course it will.

It's actually very similar to the Mono project's Mono.CSharp library, which exposes the Mono C# compiler as a service and enables a REPL console much like the one Hejlsberg demoed at Build.

So it's actually not all that revolutionary then.
Not saying it's not good technology, I'm sure it is, but less hype wouldn't hurt, especially for a product with absolutely no shipment date whatsoever.

Edited 2011-10-24 23:50 UTC

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