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LinuxProgramming: C Sharp, B Ware

Jun 27, 2000, 13:56 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"When Microsoft has its back against the wall, it typically responds with some vague press announcements, promising to change the world with some new, buzzword-compliant technology. Never mind that the technology is usually nothing more than a vague concept, but the announcement is usually enough to freeze competitors and reassure the stock market that the Cash Cow known as Microsoft will continue to grow."

"That pattern was certainly extended today with C#, touted by Microsoft as the programming cornerstone of Visual Studio 7, itself the development cornerstone of the vague concept known as microsoft.net. Now, having just spent some time perusing the Microsoft press releases and Web site for microsoft.net, I can tell you that a) the Microsoft press machine is in fine mettle, and b) that there's a pretty good chance that no one at Microsoft really knows what C# really is, except that it will be Java-like and C-like and will support XML. Ooh, the triple play of buzzwords!"

"Although Microsoft isn't really saying a whole lot (though enough to keep us guessing and curious), they have said that C# will have the functionality of Java but won't actually be Java (the better to avoid nasty litigation with Sun), with added goodies like garbage collection and the ability to manipulate data via XML."

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