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Daily Dose - Microsoft's CLI for Browsers?

05.05.2010
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Mono Project lead Miguel de Icaza recently suggested that web developers could write much better applications if the Common Language Infrastructure (CLR), upon which the .NET framework sits, were integrated into today's browsers.  de Icaza says it would give web developers more choice between strongly typed and loosely typed languages, or developers could choose between performance and scriptability.  He also believes the higher-performing languages could lead to faster page loading times.  The CLI is published as an ECMA standard and de Icaza says browsers could use the Mono Project's free implementation of .NET.  Here's how de Icaza illustrates a potential method for writing C# code in a browser:
<script language="csharp">
from email in documents.ElementsByTag("email")
email.Style.Font = "bold";
</script>
or
<script language="csharp" source="ImageGallery.cs"></script>
Of course, this would mean that web developers would have to learn a .NET language to harness this infrastructure, and some devs would rather not use them.  It's surprising that at the end of the post, de Icaza says that Firefox or Chrome would be his first target for implementing the CLI.  Why would Microsoft not want to increase adoption of their platform by doing it?

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Mario T. replied on Wed, 2010/05/05 - 7:40pm

I like the CLI idea. But as others have pointed out, Mono currently lacks the sandbox model. There went years into the Javascript interpreters and the Applet JVMs to bug out the bugs. Let's not talk about Flash for once.

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