Sunday, 29 April 2012

JSIL : C# in the Browser - amazing IL to JS

Just found about http://jsil.org and looks pretty spectacular :)

This is project created by Kevin Gadd and here is his description of how it works:


JSIL is a compiler that transforms .NET applications and libraries from their native executable format - CIL bytecode - into standards-compliant, cross-browser JavaScript. You can take this JavaScript and run it in a web browser or any other modern JavaScript runtime. Unlike other cross-compiler tools targeting JavaScript, JSIL produces readable, easy-to-debug JavaScript that resembles the code a developer might write by hand, while still maintaining the behavior and structure of the original .NET code. Because JSIL transforms bytecode, it can support most .NET-based languages - C# to JavaScript and VB.NET to JavaScript work right out of the box.

Check out the the demos:
In addition to a really powerful combination of technologies, here is what I really like about this site:
  • Clearly explains what it does
  • Allows the user to Try it now (of course that running the code in the browser helps)
  • REPL environment on browser 
  • Very social with direct links into creating GISTs with the code created
  • First step to using it is a Git Pull and active encourage of Git Forking
  • Little mascot :)
I really want to see if I can integrate this with the O2 Platform since this could be the missing piece that I was missing to create jO2: the port of parts of O2 into Javascript :) 
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