C Sharp Programming History

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C sharp programming (or C# programming) is a computer language which dates back to 1999.  It was developed for Microsoft by a Danish software developer (Anders Hejlsberg) and his team. It was (and is) based on the .NET framework. .Net is a language-neutral software platform, meaning it can support a variety of different programming languages. COOL, an acronym for “C-like object oriented language”, was the original name.  Microsoft liked this name and considered keeping it, but eventually chose not to due to copyright issues. It is said that C# is an imitation of Java which was released a few years prior. There are some similarities, but there have been many points in history when two “developers” came to the same end points.

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C Sharp Programming History

The idea was that C# would compete with Java, and not to look like Java.  This would explain the existence of so many similarities. If you take Microsoft’s word for it, C # is essentially a hybrid of C and C ++, two earlier programming languages. So what is C # specifically? The C Sharp programming language is both object oriented and multi-paradigm. Essentially, a programmer can use it for a wide variety of different purposes.  You can do quite a bit using C #, like writing .NET applications, create mobile applications in conjunction with Xamarin, and create games with Unity.  C # owes its popularity to its wide flexibility as a programmer can do a lot of different things with it.  This is C sharps original purpose as an object-oriented programming language.

C++ Origins

The question of whether or not C # is a carbon copy of Java is of interest to computer historians. We may never know the true answer, although many people have pointed out the similarities. For instance, the creator of Java, James Gosling, has essentially said that C # is just a poor imitation of Java.  He goes on to say that it lacks all of the features that make, in his opinion, Java so great, such as “reliability, productivity, and security.” On the other hand, naturally, Anders Hejlsberg has defended his creation, which he claims is much more similar to C ++ as opposed to Java.  According to Hejlsberg, the flaws in Java and other programming languages drove the development of the Common Language Runtime.

When discussing similarities between the two programming languages, we’re really talking about the early days of C #. Since the first update for the language rolled out in 2002, the two have gone in different directions.

.NET framework

The name C # reflects the programming language’s derivation from C ++. The musical notation (a sharp is when a note’s pitch is raised by one semitone) is the basis of the name.  Interestingly, the musical sharp sign is not available on most computers so when writing out “C sharp” we have to use the number sign, which looks fairly similar. Other programming languages based on the .NET framework have used the “sharp” suffix, such as J # (which is based directly on Java – perhaps a case for plagiarism could be better made here?) or F #.

You can delve deeper into c sharp programming by visiting the official Microsoft page at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/kx37x362.aspx.

 

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