Xen and X#: One and the Same

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Rumors were that Microsoft had shelved its fledgling X# programming language. Instead, the company is forging ahead with it.

After news broke more than a year ago regarding Microsoft's plans to develop an XML programming language, company officials abruptly stopped talking about the so-called X# language. Some claimed Microsoft had killed the language. Others said Microsoft had temporarily shelved it.

It turns out that X# is alive and well – and is now going by the code-name "Xen." Erik Meijer, a former Microsoft researcher and now a technical lead with Microsoft's Webdata group, confirmed that Xen and X# are one and the same. "We found the name X# caused too much confusion around C#," said Meijer, explaining the name change. "What really matters is that we are doing research in data integration in programming languages."

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