F# and the Intermediate Language

CIL (Common Intermediate Language), MSIL (Microsoft Intermediate Language), or IL, is the intermediate representation of the higher level .NET languages. As a part of the CLI (Common Language Infrastructure), IL serves as a human-readable intermediate language that is shared by all high-level .NET languages and is generated prior to the static or dynamic compilation of the machine-specific code.


CIL and MSIL are effectively synonymous and there isn't much difference between the two. CIL is the terminology used in the CLI standard while MSIL is the product term for Microsoft's implementation of the standard. Both apply to the CPU-independent instruction set. The CLR executes after a high-level language such ...

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