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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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It is very cool and I am excited for it, but it has also been done already, making it less "revolutionary" than Microsoft's marketing would have you believe. Someone has already mentioned Clang, but another example of excellent compiler engineering is Scala's compiler. is a mailing list post discussing and comparing Roslyn with Scala's compiler framework.

Even if it isn't that revolutionary, Roslyn represents the future of compiler architecture in general, and Microsoft's efforts in this direction should be applauded.

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