I have a great deal of admiration for the .NET dev teams at Microsoft. (This is in stark contrast to my opinions of the product marketing teams, but that’s another story.) In recent years, the teams working around Microsoft’s dev tools have moved away from closed, proprietary tools, to embrace a more open philosophy, where it is perfectly acceptable to incorporate open software such as JQuery their flagship product, Visual Studio.
In 2008 the dev team, led by Scott Gu, released the source code to the .NET framework – a feat (apparently) only possible after a protracted battle with the Microsoft legal department.
Well, it seems that Microsoft are continuing in the right direction, with the release of Visual Studio Tools for Git. It was about time, but it’s a good thing none-the-less!
So while I’m here with the Microsoft fanboi cap on, I’ll give kudos to a couple of game-changers who work, or have worked, at Microsoft:
I know there are many other well respected guys and gals working for the corporation, but the above mentioned have, in my view, kick-started a cultural change that has been good for all developers working around the .NET stack. Thanks to everyone involved for bringing us an awesome development platform!