BitC Architect Going to Microsoft to Work on Midori

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-04-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

According to reports, Jonathan Shapiro, one of the primary designers of the BitC programming language and the related Coyotos operating system project, will be joining Microsoft to work on the company's Midori project.

According to reports, Jonathan Shapiro, one of the primary designers of the BitC programming language and the related Coyotos operating system project, will be joining Microsoft to work on the company's Midori project.

In an e-mail on the Coyotos mailing list, Shapiro said he had been interviewing at Google, DARPA and Microsoft. Said Shapiro:

"After a fair bit of soul-searching, I have decided to accept a fairly senior position at Microsoft associated with the Midori project. The current plan has me starting there at the beginning of August."

Midori is a next-generation operating system project Microsoft is working on, which is an offshoot of the company's Singularity operating system effort in Microsoft Research.

Shapiro has shepherded the development of BitC and Coyotos. According to the BitC language Website: "BitC is a new systems programming language. It seeks to combine the flexibility, safety, and richness of Standard ML or Haskell with the low-level expressiveness of C."

Coyotos is a microkernel operating system being developed by The EROS Group. It is a successor to the EROS operating system that was created at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. Shapiro is managing director of The EROS Group and an assistant research professor in the computer science department at Johns Hopkins University. 

 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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