Microsoft’s embrace of the open source community has been nothing short of impressive for some devoted fighters of proprietary technology. For observers looking in, Microsoft appeared to have not only softened its stance on open sourced software but embraced the necessity of its involvement in advancing the tech community.
Taking it a step further, Microsoft announced at the NodeSummit today, which its efforts in exposing its ChakraCore to the open source community has helped it develop, the first experimental implementation of the ChakraCore interpreter and runtime for x64 Linux and OS X 10.9+. An additional experimental Node.js. Node-ChakraCore) has also been developed for x64 Linux. The Linux testing of the ChakraCore’s have been primarily housed in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but the Microsoft Edge team believes the work should easily be translated to other modern Linux distributions.
In a post written Limin Zhu and Arunesh Chandra of the Edge Developer team, interested parties are given examples and tips to building cross-platform applications with ChakraCore and how the team managed to get Node.js working in ChakraCore.
Per the nature of open-source development, the Edge development team appears eager to receive as much feedback as possible on their progress as well as their planned schedule. For those interested in providing either useful suggestions or critical feedback, head over to the Node-ChakraCore repo or reach out to the development team via the Twitter handle @CharkaCore.