Gates to outline .NET programming roadmap

Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp.'s chairman and chief software architect Friday is slated to outline the roadmap for the software giant's newest programming languages, Visual C# .NET and Visual C++ .NET.

Gates is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the 17th Annual ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA 2002) in Seattle, Microsoft said in a statement.

Along with unveiling Microsoft's plans for future enhancements to Visual C# .NET and Visual C++ .NET, Gates will also demonstrate the company's internal tool for increased security, code-named "Scout," the company said.

The programming language C# is designed for developing Web-based applications and services that run over Microsoft's .NET Framework. C# and the CLI (Common Language Infrastructure) have already passed through a working group within the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and are expected to be approved by the independent programming standards organization in January. The European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) already awarded standards status to C# and the CLI in December 2001.

Gates will propose specifications for new productivity-enhancing features in C# including generics, anonymous methods, iterators and partial types, Microsoft said.

The Redmond, Washington, company, renowned for closely guarding the keys to its proprietary software, recently pledged that Visual C++ .NET will be more compliant with ISO/ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards than ever before. Friday, Microsoft is set to reveal that the new version of Visual C++ .NET will have a 98 percent degree of conformity with the ISO C++ standard, a marked improvement over Microsoft's last version of the programming language Visual C++ 6.0, the company said.

Also on the agenda for the Gates speech: disclosing additional features in the next version of Visual C++ .NET such as improved security, performance improvements for floating point operations and increased productivity for Windows Form-based development; demonstrating the internal tool Scout, designed to let Microsoft's development teams to locate, prioritize and address product vulnerabilities; and demonstrating new programmability features for the Microsoft Tablet PC, which received its official worldwide launch by Gates on Thursday.

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