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Smart Partner: C#: Yet Another Programming Language?

Jun 30, 2000, 14:22 (6 Talkback[s])

"What was Microsoft thinking? C#, pronounced C sharp, is Microsoft's newest programming language. Does the world really need another programming language? I don't think so! And, more to the point, neither do any of the programmers, I spoke to at PC Expo."

"If you want product speed, you program in C or C++. If you want fast development, you use a rapid application development package like Inprise's Delphi. If you want database access, you learn SQL. If you want a language that anyone with any coding genes at all in their body can use, you write in Perl or Python. If you want to make a serious stab at portability, you use Java. And C#? Uh ...well, let me think now, uh."

"Microsoft claims with a straight face that C# isn't just yet another attempt to derail Java. If you believe that, I have a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. ... I've seen the specs and I've heard Microsoft's Andrew Layman, software architect with the Distributed Applications Platform Division, say that it's does everything Java does, but it's not Java. Guys, if it looks like Java, quacks like Java, it's--at most--a spin-off of the Java idea."

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