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    This is not your parents' MicroSoft.

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      Microsoft Research has done these kinds of things for years, though using a competitor’s C++ compiler instead of MSVC is strange.

      I think what’s happened to Microsoft is cultural infiltration from the GNU/Linux world and Unix in general. The new devs weren’t raised on Visual Studio, but on vi and gcc.

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        Microsoft Research has done these kinds of things for years, though using a competitor’s C++ compiler instead of MSVC is strange.

        Well, it’s C, not C++, and the MSVC compiler is officially not a C compiler, it just happens to accept a subset of C.

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          I was actually referring to doing development in the open, rather than behind closed doors, but yes–it not being based on Visual Studio also struck me as weird.

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            The new devs weren’t raised on Visual Studio, but on vi and gcc.

            Those poor, abused developers. :(

            It’s like Tiny Tim begging for an IDE.