No more Refletor. Now Visual Studio 2008 will enable you to debug and see the core .Net source making our life easier when trying to understand the “Voodoo Inside”. Not exactly Open Source and doesn’t include the VM or compilers but still an important move towards compatibility between implementations.
Initially Microsoft will release the source (comments included) of the following major core components of .Net:
- … other major core components …
- System.Web (ASP.Net)
- System.Windows and System.Windows.Forms (Windows Presentation Foudation and Windows Forms)
- System.Data (ADO.Net)
The source will be licensed under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL) and available to download as a standard install package. You’ll be able to browse and edit the files in any editor of your choice but integration with Visual Studio 2008 will be provided.
You can read a bit more here as well as check the nice screenshots of the Visual Studio 2008 debugging integration.