See the "What About .NET?" sidebar...

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Interesting... It seems that rumours of C++'s demise in the brave new world of .Net were slightly over exagerated, perhaps, maybe...

From a recent issue of MSDN magazine:

"There are two main reasons why this column was born. First, despite the phenomenal success of the Microsoft® .NET Framework, there are still plenty of scenarios where it makes more sense to use native C++. Adoption of .NET will continue to grow, but C++ is here to stay. Second, with the launch of a major new operating system it is unreasonable to expect that all the various application frameworks--from MFC and the Active Template Library (ATL) to .NET and more--will be able to wrap up all the new features and enhancements in the short term. C++ remains the only language that provides unfettered access to every corner of the Windows SDK, and there certainly are many new corners to explore in Windows Vista and beyond! For more info about the future of .NET, see the "What About .NET?" sidebar."

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I'm not going to comment on the main point, because given that C++ is a systems programming language and C# isn't, I find the comparison a bit silly. But:

> C++ remains the only language that provides unfettered access to
> every corner of the Windows SDK

This strikes me as a rather odd statement considering the Windows API is all vanilla C...

The fact that you find the main point a bit silly IS the main point ;) and, fair point...

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