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|Paradigm||multi-paradigm: structured, object-oriented, event-driven, procedural, meta|
|Designed by||Geeks ltd.|
|Typing discipline||static, dynamic|
|Visual C#, .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Domain-specific language|
M# (pronounced em sharp) is a code generation tool that is being marketed as a Domain-specific language that can be used to create Websites and Web Applications and its main goal is to reduce the time necessary for creating these by hand. M# "language" acts as a Code generator and translates entities and page definitions to ASP.NET Web Forms and C# code which in turn form the User interface and Business logic layer of the application.
According to its official website these are the motivations behind creating M#:
- Reducing time of development
- Better quality code
- Reduced human errors
M# generates codes that is mainly in the C# programming language. Since "sharp" suffix has been used by a number of other .NET languages, M# followed the same convention.
M# uses its own IDE which is a web-based application. Inside that a user can type, select from suggestions (Intelli-sense) or use the mouse to define the entities or user interface modules. An example would be a form module that has two buttons (Cancel and Save) and displays a Key and a Text field. The Key field is read-only and the Save button adds a content block to the database:
Internally M# keeps this module definition as an JSON file (metadata) and at the time of a build it will generate C#, ascx and ascx.cs files. From that moment XML or M# is not necessary to render the module or to be installed on the machines that will serve the page.
- "The end of offshoring?". Business Reporter.
- "Why M#?". Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- Modelling languages for the "Solution Domain"; Productivity rules!. Code Generation. 2011.
- "Understanding M#". Retrieved 26 May 2013.