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The Register: Microsoft describes its Java killer

Jun 27, 2000, 18:42 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"C# ['C sharp'] is the work of Anders Hejlsberg, the former Turbo Pascal and Delphi luminary who was the most prominent Borland staffer lured to Redmond in a stream of defections between 1996 and 1997. Later Borland alleged that a "Dead Borland Society" of ex-Borland employees at Redmond was poaching key staff from their old employer, with Anders signing up for a reputed $3 million. Borland eventually settled out of court on favourable terms..."

"...syntactically it's very Java like, and from a distance, the two are practically indistinguishable. Look closer and you get the definite impression that its authors know Java pretty well, but were annoyed by some of its idiosyncrasies. ... But what's left out of this spec is far more interesting. It's a pretty bare boned language description, and doesn't describe a security model, or come with a library of ready-to-roll classes."

"...as the redoubtable maintainer of the Java site Cafe Au Lait, Rusty Harold Elliot points out... "If Microsoft wanted to really challenge Java, they should have gone with Python. I just don't believe it's possible for any major advances in language design to be made while restricting oneself to the mistakes Kernighan and Ritchie made 30 years ago."

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