OT: on IDEs and code writing on steroids

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at erdani.org
Mon May 18 15:48:57 PDT 2009

Christopher Wright wrote:
> BCS wrote:
>> Reply to Andrei,
>>> I've repeatedly failed to figure out the coolness of C#, and would
>>> appreciate a few pointers. Or references. Or delegates :o).
>> The coolness of c# is that (in order, IMHO) 1) the tools are world 
>> class, 2) the support is back by MS, 3) the docs are great, and 4) the 
>> language is highly consistent and conservative, e.i. nothing is added 
>> until they've got it right.
>> Aside from #4, the *language* isn't anything to write home about.
> I'd say C#2 is Java with the top 10 or so feature requests implemented, 

I can confirm straight from the source (important person, name 
undisclosed to protect the innocent) that it is true that C# was without 
any buts and ands Microsoft's direct response to Java.

> and another 5 or so major feature requests implemented each major 
> version. That isn't a bad state to be in, really. It's good enough, with 
> a billion dollars in corporate backing, to make you the Current Big 
> Language.

I have the feeling that C#, for all its features, lacks some pretty 
essential capabilities.


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