Importance of C# (was Re: IronPython-0.6 is now available!)

Cameron Laird claird at
Thu Jul 29 18:08:09 CEST 2004

In article <5dydnZSDZaARoZXcRVn-ug at>,
Peter Hansen  <peter at> wrote:
>As near as I can figure, those who find Python has significant
>advantages for many applications over Java and C++ will likely
>feel the same way about C#, only more so.  Isn't it basically
>a highly MS-centric remake of Java, but missing the very
>cross-platform nature which has served Java (and Python) best?

I think there should be no question that Python's effective
portability almost entirely dominates Java's, and both are
far, far ahead of C#.  HOWEVER, there are people with a 
sincere perspective that it's C# that's available on a wider
range of platforms; we can discuss that, if it really matters.

Also, you might not realize that C# is, at least in principle,
available for Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, and perhaps other
platforms.  Part of the trick, though, is that our previous
experience with languages generalizes imperfectly to C#; the
portability of its library means something different than
that of, say, Python's ...

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