Well, with the new .NET vNext (4.5.2) will change the face of the world. We could say that the history of programing is now changing. With the features from vNext and the new compiler called Roslyn you can do anything you want. For example you can change the compiler implementation, write your own compiler over it and many more.
The feature that impresses me the most was saw called .NET Native. Even if now we have support only for Windows Store, we should expect in the future to have support of this feature for all platforms.
So, what is .NET Native?
It is a new kind of compiler for .NET. The code is compiled directly to specific machine code. No more JIT and other layer of abstraction. You get what you need for your machine, extremely optimized for the specific hardware (X86, 64b, ARM). The existing CLR was optimized and refactored.
Yes, you have the C++ performance from an application that was written in C#. This is so cool. Keep in mind that this feature in combination with other new features from .NET vNext will change the way how we wrote code (M2M era).
Because the generated code is native code, that is already optimized for that specific hardware architecture, the performance is improved with around 60% and if I understood well, the memory footprint (can be) is reduced with ~30%.
Remark: The dynamic code execution, that already exist will not be removed. It will exist in parallel with the new one (.NET Native - static).
The new code that is generated doesn’t depend on the CLR that is installed on the machine. Because of this we don’t need the CLR when we run an application compiled as Native. Also, .NET is not required anymore on the client machines (we have a self-contained native compiled code in the end). Yes! Sounds good, first step to write in C# for any kind of platform and OS….. Sounds good.
In this moment vNext team seems to be at Alpha version. I looking forward to a new release and support for desktop and server. Also, in the embedded area interesting things will happen.