More of Microsoft’s App Development Tools Goes Open Source by Gianugo Rabellino.
From the post:
Today marks a milestone since we launched Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) as we undertake some important open source projects. We’re excited to share the news that MS Open Tech will be open sourcing the Entity Framework (EF), a database mapping tool useful for application development in the .NET Framework. EF will join the other open source components of Microsoft’s dev tools – MVC, Web API, and Web Pages with Razor Syntax – on CodePlex to help increase the development transparency of this project.
MS Open Tech will serve as an accelerator for these projects by working with the open source communities through our new MS Open Tech CodePlex landing page. Together, we will help build out its source code until shipment of the next product version.
This will enable everyone in the community to monitor 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.
The newly opened EF will, for the first time, allow developers outside Microsoft to submit patches and code contributions that the MS Open Tech development team will review for potential inclusion in the products.
We need more MS “native” topic map engines and applications.
Or topic map capabilities in the core of MS Office™.
Lots of people could start writing topic maps.
Which would be a good thing. A lot of people write documents using MS Word™, they also reach for professional typesetters for publication.
Same will be true for topic maps.