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CRN: Microsoft To Unveil New Language For Web App Development

Jun 23, 2000, 02:06 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth Montalbano)

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"Microsoft on Monday will unveil a new programming language aimed at improving productivity for the development of Web applications. While initial reports claim the new language, a hybrid of C and C++; called C# (pronounced C sharp), behaves much like Java, Sun's technology for cross-platform development, Microsoft executives insist C# does nothing of the kind."

"It's very different from Java," says David Lazar, a Microsoft product manager. "Java is trying to solve a different problem. [It] has applications running in different places. What customers really want is to get all of their applications running in one place, and this is what C# [enables them to do]," he says."

"Goodhew would not comment if C#, like Java, is a cross-platform language. This is an important point to consider, however, in the development of Web applications, says Scott Hebner, director of e-business technology marketing at IBM's Software Group. Hebner says if Microsoft wants to push C# as a viable new Web application development technology, the language must be able to develop applications that can operate outside of Microsoft's Windows."

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