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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-11-08 Print this article Print

: 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."
However, Simon Phipps, chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems Inc., seems doubtful.
"Its good to see that Microsoft is finally getting the standards drive—something 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."

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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