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phil hunt philh at
Sat Jul 21 16:38:28 EDT 2001

On 20 Jul 2001 09:38:54 -0400, Andrew Kuchling <akuchlin at> wrote:
>philh at (phil hunt) writes:
>> Supposedly, Microsoft's C# and CLR system will provide a fix for
>> this, by allowing the programmer to use any language that compiles
>> to CLR to call a routine in any other language that does.
>> Does anyone have details on this?
>I'm a bit doubtful that the CLR will really be suited for languages
>other than C# or VB.  Sure, with some hammering you can compile Python
>to CLR, just as you can compile it to Java bytecodes, but there seems
>to be a sizable performance hit, judging by a message from David
>Ascher archived at
>  I suspect
>.NET's multilanguage will turn out to be a feature used more as a
>selling point than in practical use.  In much the same way, Internet
>Explorer is theoretically multiplatform, but I expect almost no one
>out there uses the Solaris and HP-UX IE ports.

Just like windows' POSIX compatibility is only "checkbox-compatibility"
not "real-world-I'd-actually-use-this-compatibility".

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