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Some people have asked us if we have lost our mind. And that is a very good question:

What they mean is that writing a compiler from scratch is a hell of a job and will take a lot of time.

But we are not writing a compiler from scratch

So we have NOT lost our mind. Let me explain that a little bit:

Early 2015 Microsoft has published the source code for its C# and VB compiler. This is called the Roslyn Project.

You can find this on the web on https://roslyn.codeplex.com/ and https://github.com/dotnet/roslyn.

Since this source code is licensed under the Apache 2.0 Open Source license we can use and change this code to create our X# compiler.

That means the the biggest part of the code in our compiler has been developed by the geniuses at Microsoft and has been tested by hundreds of thousands of developers all over the world. That is a HUGE benefit for our project.

So it is easy then?

No it is still not easy to write the compiler but a lot of work has already been done.

The following image displays a compiler in a schematic way:

 

compiler pipeline

On this Blog page the members of the XSharp devteam will tell about the current progress in the development of XSharp and inform you about the challenges they are facing