Fun with the Interns: Zach Montoya Builds a Visual Studio Designer for .NET Native

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A few weeks ago when I was up in Redmond I had the pleasure of interviewing some interns on the .NET team to talk about their experience as an intern at Microsoft and to show off the projects they are working on. In this interview I sit down with Zach Montoya, a Developer Intern on the .NET Runtime team, and we chat about his internship experience and summer project.

Zach built a Visual Studio extension that allows maintaining and configuring runtime directives for .NET Native right from Visual Studio. .NET Native compiles .NET code to native machine code. Runtime directives are used to provide additional information to the .NET Native tool chain that tell the compiler what APIs you intend to call dynamically so those APIs can also be included.

And for all those students out there pursuing a career in computer science, you should consider an internship at Microsoft. You can help build real software that helps millions of people! Learn more about the Microsoft internship program here.

-Beth Massi, Visual Studio Community



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