Microsoft Open-Sources More ASP.NET Technology
Microsoft has released more of its ASP.NET Web development technology to open source and is accepting code submissions from the community.Microsoft has opened the kimono a bit more on its ASP.NET technology in releasing the source code for ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Web Pages, also known as Razor. In the past, Microsoft made the source code for ASP.NET MVC available under an open-source license. Now, the company has open-sourced another hearty chunk of its ASP.NET technology to the delight of some open-source players.
The most interesting part is they will be taking contributions from the community for the first time for a product Microsoft distributes from its core offerings, said Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Xamarin and Ximian companies and the Mono and Gnome open-source projects.
Im very excited to announce today that we will also release the source code for ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Web Pages (aka Razor) under an open-source license (Apache 2.0), and that we will increase the development transparency of all three projects by hosting their code repositories on CodePlex (using the new Git support announced last week). Doing so will enable a more open development model where everyone in the community will be able to engage and provide feedback on code check-ins, bug-fixes, new feature development, and build and test the products on a daily basis using the most up-to-date version of the source code and tests.
We will also for the first time allow developers outside of Microsoft to submit patches and code contributions that the Microsoft development team will review for potential inclusion in the products. We announced a similar open development approach with the Windows Azure SDK last December, and have found it to be a great way to build an even tighter feedback loop with developersand ultimately deliver even better products as a result.And to de Icazas point, Guthrie specifically noted that ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor will continue to be fully supported Microsoft products that ship both standalone as well as part of Visual Studio, and they will also continue to be staffed by the same Microsoft developers that build them today. Our goal with todays announcement is to increase the feedback loop on the products even more, and allow us to deliver even better products, Guthrie said. We are really excited about the improvements this will bring. However, Guthrie also noted that all code submissions will be rigorously reviewed and tested by the ASP.NET MVC Team and only those that meet an extremely high bar for both quality and design/road map appropriateness will be merged into the source. This is unexpected because this is not just a project Microsoft has thrown over the fence and is not doing anything with anymore; its a product they are actively producing, de Icaza said. And they are adopting practices from the open-source and Linux communities. So they are starting to become an open-source company, at least in the Web-development area. The tighter feedback loop is going to enable us to build even better products, and take ASP.NET to the next level in terms of innovation and customer focus, Guthrie said.