Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th May 2009 09:43 UTC
General Development Microsoft has come one step closer to delivering a parallel programming language to developers. On May 8, Microsoft made Axum, the company's foray into parallel programming, available on its MSDN DevLabs portal. Axum is a .NET language for building parallel applications. According to a Microsoft description, Axum "is a language that builds upon the architecture of the Web and principles of isolation, actors and message-passing to increase application safety, responsiveness, scalability and developer productivity."
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by tuttle on Thu 14th May 2009 12:38 UTC
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Microsoft does not have any hygiene when it comes to introducing new language features. Whenever they think some syntax candy is a good idea, they just add it to the language.

Just look at the mess that is C# 4.0. C# started as a decent programming language with some advantages over java. Nowadays it is just a grab bag of unorthogonal syntax features that do not work seamlessly with each other.

After less than 10 years, it contains more cruft than C++. And don't get me started about the libraries.

If you want to see how to do message-passing based concurrency beautifully without having to introduce a dozen new language constructs, take a look at scala actors. They are implemented as a library, yet they are very concise to use.

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