[Haskell-cafe] Mutable variables eliminated from .NET | Lambda the
Donald Bruce Stewart
dons at cse.unsw.edu.au
Sun Apr 1 22:06:17 EDT 2007
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Mutable variables eliminated from .NET
Redmond, WA: At an unusual press conference held this Sunday morning,
Bill Taylor, Microsoft's General Manager of Platform Strategy, announced
that after much research into the causes of security holes and
instabilities, Microsoft will eliminate mutable variables from the .NET
platform and its languages, including C# and VB.NET. "One of our top
researchers found that mutable variables were the major root cause
preventing us from achieving the great user experience we always strive
to deliver," said Taylor. "Once we realized that, eliminating them from
.NET was a no-brainer."
Given that this announcement was made on a Sunday, reactions have been
limited so far, but one prominent VB.NET developer commented that
"Compared to the switch from VB6 to VB.NET, this ought to be a breeze."
A C# developer was heard to say, "After anonymous delegates, monads
shouldn't be a problem."
To ensure wide penetration of this significant update, Microsoft will be
issuing updated Windows CDs to all licensed customers, free of charge.
The new CDs can be identified by the distinctive holographic "Haskell
Inside" logo, featuring a holographic version of this portrait of Simon
Peyton-Jones, grinning from ear to ear.
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