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Re: [Mingw-users] RE: The developer's dilemma
- From: jeff at i33 dot com
- To: "Karin E. Hacker" <emrys at shillelaghlaw dot com>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com, mingw-users at lists dot sourceforge dot net, dev-cpp-users at lists dot sourceforge dot net
- Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 07:43:09 -0500 (EST)
- Subject: Re: [Mingw-users] RE: The developer's dilemma
On Tue, 26 Feb 2002, Karin E. Hacker wrote:
> "This is because Microsoft introduced the concept of the CLR, or common
> language runtime. What that means is two of the languages offered by
> Microsoft, VB.Net and C#, both share the same runtime."
> - <http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1107-842922.html>
> Dose anyone else out there in the GCC universe feel the slightest twinge of
> irritation at the fact that Microsoft is once again getting credit for
> another stolen and repackaged concept?
Not quite sure what you mean.
What's novel about the CLR is that all languages utilizing the CLR share a
common object model. Implement a class in one language, instances are
visible in another language: methods, properties and all. It also allows
for classes to be derived in languages other from those in which the base
class is written.
GCC doesn't really have the same concept. The GNU C++, Fortran, Ada and
Java runtimes are all disjoint. The closest it comes is that gcj (GNU
Java) objects are visible to g++. But the reverse is not true, so it is
an assymetric relationship.
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