I blogged about the "My" classes here, and also video interviewed Joe Binder about the "My" classes here, but now I want to make an open request to Microsoft to see the "My" classes sooner than later.
As I understand it the "My" classes include a set of VB 2005 IDE features but are otherwise simply a standard .NET library. If I am correct the "My" classes that don’t depend on IDE features could easily be implemented for use in VS.NET 2003 now. As in, today!
I’d like to make an open request that Microsoft branch the current "My" classes code and provide on MSDN as an unsupported download the subset of the "My" classes that don’t depend on the VB 2005 IDE. That would allow us VS.NET 2003 developers the benefit of at least a portion of the "My" classes today, and it might even let Microsoft get real-world feedback on the "My" classes in time to iron out any potential issues before they ship supported in VB 2005.
Failing that, maybe Microsoft would be so kind as to document which components in "My" are feature and interface frozen so a group of the best .NET developers out there could band together to create an open source version of the "My" classes for use in VS.NET 2003.
So Whaddaya think?