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Traditionally, compilers are black boxes -- source code goes in one end, and object files or assemblies come out the other end. The Microsoft “Roslyn” community preview changes that model by opening up the VB and C# compilers.
Compilers in “Roslyn” provide APIs to allow tools and end-users to share in the wealth of information the compilers have about code. The Microsoft "Roslyn" CTP previews the new language object models for code generation, analysis, and refactoring, and the upcoming support for scripting and interactive use of C# and Visual Basic.
The CTP installs the following items:
The Microsoft “Roslyn” CTP installs as an extension to Visual Studio 2010 SP1.
“Roslyn” is a long lead project which Microsoft is considering it for the post-Visual Studio 11 timeframe. The CTP includes an early preview of the APIs exposed by the C# and Visual Basic compilers, and the Interactive window experience.
Download the preview from Microsoft “Roslyn” CTP on the Download Center.
For more information, see Soma’s post Roslyn CTP Now Available.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation