>A statement in that article quotes Anders Hjelberg, Microsoft Distinguished
>Engineer, as listing a variety of third party languages, "ranging from APL
>and Cobol to Pascal, Eiffel and SmallTalk, that various vendors are porting
>to support the Microsoft .Net Framework."
But read carefully and you'll see that it's not Eiffel, it's "Eiffel#". Whether
it's also Pascal#, Cobol#, Smalltalk# isn't clear, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Subsets of the Core language with MS-proprietary Extensions. e.g. Eiffel has
multiple inheritance, Eiffel# doesn't. It will be interesting to see what sort
of bastardised - er - hybridised thing Smalltalk# turns out to be. But I may
be wrong here. After all, it's not as if MS has an unbroken record of "de-commoditising"
languages... OK it has. But they may change.
Given the power of Ada regarding representation clauses, tasking etc etc and
the limitations likely in .Net, then Ada# may not bear much resemblance to the
standard, even if it was desireable (which I think it may be despite the disadvantages).
Of course I may be guilty of unreasoning prejudice against the Redmond Juggernaut,
and an MS-standard Ada# may be just what the world needs. From what I've seen
of C# it's actually quite a bit better than any implementation of C++ I've seen.
Lots of Ada-like features, more so even than Java 2. And if a 3rd-party vendor
does Ada# (and this seems to be the way things are going), who knows.
So Hope for the best, Expect the worst.