Microsoft Expands .Net With XenBy Robyn Peterson | Posted 2004-01-16 Email Print
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Preview: The hot new language from Microsoft Research offers native XML and database support (in addition to the powerful punch of .Net) and possibly ushers in a new generation of programming languages.
In the professional world, most programming can be summed up in two words: data manipulation. And these days, much of the data being manipulated comes prepackaged in XML documents or SQL tables.
So why do languages like C# force programmers to use obtuse APIs to access those data structures? It would be much more convenient if C# had a notion of XML and SQL built directly into the language--and if Microsoft has its way, it soon will.
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