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ANNOUNCEMENT - 2007.10.03:
This is truly a step in the right direction for Microsoft, and an especially good thing for the .NET developers community. When I work on the Java side I enjoy having access to all the source codes to the various editions (standard, enterprise, mobile, etc.). It provides us developers better insight into the behaviors of our code when needed, and in many cases, the source code provide really good code samples on how certain tasks can be accomplished.
Now this is Shared Source (not open-source), meaning we have access to the source code for reference purposes (and thus the "Reference License") but we cannot modify and rebuild the code. Of course, we still have the opportunity to contribute suggested changes to the source code (via the product feedback process), but for the majority of developers building solutions on top of the .NET Framework, being able to step through the source code and debug applications with full transparency can significantly improve productivity.
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