|Microsoft Intermediate Language? email@example.com (David Griffiths) (2000-12-23)|
|Re: Microsoft Intermediate Language? firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Dimmick) (2000-12-24)|
|Re: Microsoft Intermediate Language? email@example.com.OZ.AU (2000-12-24)|
|Re: Microsoft Intermediate Language? firstname.lastname@example.org (2000-12-31)|
|Re: Microsoft Intermediate Language? email@example.com.OZ.AU (2000-12-31)|
|Re: Microsoft Intermediate Language? firstname.lastname@example.org (Kaushik Sridharan) (2001-01-05)|
|Re: Microsoft Intermediate Language? email@example.com (Thomas Maslen) (2001-01-18)|
|Re: Microsoft Intermediate Language? firstname.lastname@example.org (Joachim Durchholz) (2001-02-15)|
|From:||email@example.com.OZ.AU (Fergus Henderson)|
|Date:||31 Dec 2000 03:00:30 -0500|
|Organization:||Computer Science, University of Melbourne|
|Posted-Date:||31 Dec 2000 03:00:30 EST|
"Mike Dimmick" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>"David Griffiths" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> Hi, does anyone know where there is a definition of Microsoft's
>> Intermediate Language (MSIL)? Does anyone have any views as to it's
>> suitability as a general purpose compiler intermediate language?
>Given it hasn't been released yet, who knows?
Well, I don't think the 1.0 release is likely to be *that* different
to the beta 1 release. A draft of the specs have been released, and a
beta release of the tools is publically available, so I think those
who are really interested have enough information to make a reasonable
>I _do_ know that it was designed to support C, C++, C#, Visual Basic, Cobol,
>Perl, Fortran and many other languages (Eiffel, Microsoft Research are
>producing a version of Standard ML).
AFAIK there is no Fortran implementation for .NET yet.
Support for multiple languages was a design goal, but I don't think
it was specifically designed to support Fortran, Eiffel, or Perl.
>Therefore I would anticipate that it
>is a lower level IL than Java bytecode, which is fairly closely tied to the
>Java programming language.
MS IL supports some additional constructs (e.g. pass-by-reference,
objects allocated on the stack, and tail calls), so it is less tied to
any specific language, but the IL is at a very similar level to Java
>A friend of mine has Beta 1 installed at home; I can't do this because I
>need a reliable development platform for my final year undergraduate
If you need a reliable development platform, I suggest Linux.
Beta 1 of the .NET SDK works fine running in a VMWare virtual
environment under Linux, BTW ;-)
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