.NET Framework source code to be released

It’s like some beautiful dream…

We are releasing the source code for .NET Framework base class libraries under the Microsoft Reference License, and the source code will be downloadable and viewable by anyone who accepts the license agreement. 

In addition, Microsoft will introduce a capability in Visual Studio 2008 to allow you to debug into the .NET Framework source code using Visual Studio.  With this capability, when you are stepping through code, you will be able to step into the source code for the .NET base class libraries.

This release will include the Base Class Libraries (BCL), Windows Forms, ASP.NET, System.Data, and WPF. BCL includes many of the basic classes in the framework including collections, string and text handling, IO,serialization, remoting, and others. We plan to include additional libraries into the set as time goes on.

ScottGu has the details.


Comments (7)

  1. iFX says:

    Releasing the Source Code for the .NET Framework Libraries

  2. This is a big surprise! I am speechless!:|

  3. Seems the source code for the BCL in .NET will be released under Microsoft Reference License! http:/

  4. Nicht ganz open nicht ganz close: .NET-Framework soll freigegeben werden

  5. Adrian H. says:


  6. dukk says:

    So have you seen any updates for this? In the comments on ScottGu’s blog he mentioned "We hope to get them up and running in the next two weeks" back in November and that’s basically the last I’ve seen anything.