"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
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