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Microsoft opens code to .NET developers

Developers on the .NET framework will be able to view and debug .NET framework source code with the .NET Framework Reference License in read-only format.

Developers on the .NET framework will be able to view and debug .NET framework source code with the .NET Framework Reference License in read-only format. The plans to make the source code available was announced a few months back, and now it's official.

An excerpt from InfoWorld:

"We think that enabling source code access and debugger integration of the .NET Framework libraries is going to be really valuable for .NET developers," said Scott Guthrie, general manager of the Microsoft developer division, in his blog. "Being able to step through and review the source should provide much better insight into how the .NET Framework libraries are implemented and in turn enable you to build better applications and make even better use of them."

Is this move Microsoft's way to get the developer community involved in much the same way as open-source projects?

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