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The Register: Microsoft set to unleash Java-killer Cool

Sep 08, 1999, 17:03 (15 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft's 'Java killer' object-oriented language, Cool, looks set to be released publicly in the next few weeks, The Register has learned."

"And the language will ship with tools to translate Java source code into Cool."

"Cool isn't a language in its own right -- rather, it's a series of extensions to C++ designed to make C++ as easy to program as Java, in the hope that programmers will, frankly, stop using the Sun product. The technology comprises a programming framework that will hook into the next version of Microsoft's Common Object Model, COM+, part of Windows 2000."

"Cool started life as an internal Microsoft project to create an alternative to Sun if the latter's legal battle over the 'purity' of Microsoft's implementation of Java, from its virtual machines through to its Visual J development environment, went against the Gates Gang."

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