.NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") for the Rest of Us

.NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") for the Rest of Us

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WOW! It’s been a while -- almost exactly 4 years since yours truly, Beth Massi, last posted on the VB Team blog (although it’s cool to see I’m still in the tag cloud ;-)).  I’m honored to be a special guest post today.

If you’ve been reading this team blog I’m sure you know by now that the .NET Compiler Platform (code named "Roslyn") is the next generation of the Visual Basic and C# .NET compilers. But what does that mean? I was up in Redmond a couple weeks ago and I caught up with Dustin Campbell (Program Manager on the Managed Languages Team) and sat him down to explain Roslyn to me, a .NET developer. I mean, let’s face it folks, I’m not a compiler geek. I’m a busy, practical, programmer who trusts their compiler will just work. So what’s in it for me?

It turns out that Roslyn brings a ton of value to anyone writing VB or C# code. By making it much easier for partners to build amazing tools and for language and IDE features to get implemented much faster, developers everywhere will benefit from the faster innovation. Dustin also shows off some of the new IDE features like quick fixes and new refactorings for both VB and C# that are available in the Visual Studio "14" CTP.  

Watch: .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") for the Rest of Us


Thanks, Dustin, for setting me straight!

For more information on Roslyn and to try it out, see "Installing the Preview" section of the Codeplex site at https://roslyn.codeplex.com/

-Beth Massi, Visual Studio Community

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  • With Roslyn Microsoft effectively open source C# and VB.NET.

    Yet they still say it isn't feasible to open source the VB6 programming language.

    Microsoft just choose to abandon developers when it suits them. They are clearly no longer interested in .NET, now the future is JavaScript and C++.

    Even the first phone they bring out having taken over Nokia is an Android phone. It looks like Microsoft no longer believe in themselves.

  • @Anonymouse  - Roslyn was built from the ground up with open source as it's goal from the start. We are VERY MUCH dedicated to our millions of .NET developers. Open sourcing does not mean abandoning, it means the opposite. Roslyn, ASP.NET vNext, etc. These are very active projects being worked on by people here with the community. And there is indeed a ton of innovation happening on the .NET team, with .NET Native, RyuJIT, and cross platform. Learn more about .NET OSS projects here: www.dotnetfoundation.org and check out the dotnet team blog for innovations happening in that space. blogs.msdn.com/.../dotnet

  • And yet we all know this is what is going to happen ...


    The only way forward for developers is with non-proprietary languages like JavaScript or C++.

    .NET is just too big a risk.

  • Are Microsoft fixing the ugly and bad UI, icons, colors, contrasts, all caps menu in Visual Studio 14?

    If not, is it posible to install these compilers in Visual Studio 2010?

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