: Gates to Tout Programming Tool Advances"> Microsoft has taken heat from some members of the developer community for the companys reluctance to comply more fully with the ISO C++ standard. And, even now, some continue to wonder what Microsofts moves will mean. David Lazar, Microsofts group product manager for Visual Studio .Net, said: "We heard loud and clear that ISO standards conformance is important to C++ developers. Were committed to coming through for them. Our goal is to provide optimal conformance to the standard so developers can be as successful as possible using our tools.""Its good to see that Microsoft is finally getting the standards drivesomething that Sun has been focused passionately on for 20 years," Phipps said. "But most programmers dont find that language standards is what they need. They find that library standards is what they need." Although not to deny that language standards are "a good thing." Phipps said programming language standardization doesnt really do much without library standardization. Thats one thing the Open Group brings to Unix." Added Phipps: "I wonder whether Microsofts fixation with programming languages is a way to blow a smoke screen over the fact that theyre forcing developers to move from MFC [Microsoft Foundation Classes] to .Net. Thats really a radical relearning exercise."
However, Simon Phipps, chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems Inc., seems doubtful.