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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RE: oh no not another one
by TBPrince on Thu 14th May 2009 14:37 UTC in reply to "oh no not another one"
TBPrince
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What a biased view!

One of the greatest things about .NET is language independency.

Whatever language you like to use, it will compile into MSIL and work seamlessly with stuff from other people. That's a terrific improvement, expecially in eco-systems where people might come from different experiences and workplaces.

So I can happen to prefer VB.NET and be able to use that without:

1) any need to know what others will use to interface with my code;

2) consider that using an old-style language like VB could affect my performance.

Multiply this by all languages we have and think if that's not useful. And if you think that letting developers use whatever language they prefer is a bad thing, consider how productive you could be using your language of choice when compared to forcing people to uniform into one language only.

Plus, compiling from different sources to MSIL is great for OSS and distributed developers.

And about Axum: ask people developing games if they wouldn't worship anyone providing an easy way to build concurrent code...

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