Microsoft To Add Time-Saver



Microsoft plans to include a programming time-saver borrowed from academic languages such as ML in the mid-decade version of its Visual Studio development tools, says Andrew Herbert, assistant director at Microsoft Research's Cambridge lab in the United Kingdom. Researchers have built a version of the C# language and Common Language Runtime that incorporates code called generic functions, which let developers write templates for data structures such as arrays, trees, and lists that can be reused with multiple sets of data, instead of requiring programmers to write a new data structure for each set. Microsoft plans to include the functionality in Visual Studio Whidby, the code name for the next version of the tools suite after Visual Studio .Net 2003, due next month.

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