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IT-Director: Prelude in C sharp major

Jun 28, 2000, 18:59 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Unicorn)

"...Microsoft has apparently already handed the standard for the language to ECMA... Sun toyed with ECMA for some time after its failed attempt to persuade the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to place its imprimatur on Java. But Sun finally pulled out of the discussions... Although that seems like a coup for Microsoft, it will take rather more to persuade the world that a genuine standardisation has been achieved. Many will remember that ActiveX was handed to the Open Group, but no significant standard development followed."

"There is strength and weakness too in the reliance on XML. Microsoft is looking to play down the requirement for cross platform development and emphasise instead cross platform data exchange. C# depends heavily on XML to achieve Internet communications. The trouble with XML is that while there is standardisation for the principles of the markup language, each application depends on a lower level of detail."

"There can be little doubt that it is the latest lever to encourage enterprise adoption of Windows. While the emphasis is on open communications based on XML, Microsoft's aim will be to ensure that Windows is the easiest platform on which to implement. This aim will have to be compromised at least enough to make legacy integration a possibility. Exactly where it will lead is hard to tell, especially as we may need to factor in the possibility of a split Microsoft. At present, Java has a very strong lead as the language of choice for new enterprise developments, and will be hard to displace."

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