New Microsoft Programming Language: 'D'?

All About Microsoft's Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Redmond is working on a new declarative programming language, currently named "D."

Sources tell Foley that the "textual modeling language" is being worked on by some of Microsoft's best programmers, and will be a big part of the company's service-oriented architecture (SOA) move, centered around Oslo.

"In addition to D, sources said, Microsoft also is readying a complementary editing tool, code-named 'Intellipad,' that will allow developers to create content for the Oslo repository," Foley wrote.

No word yet on whether the name D is expected to stick: There is another D programming language, written by Walter Bright, that was released last year and is now in version 2.0.

Foley predicts that Microsoft will preview D in October at the Microsoft Professional Developers conference.

Microsoft has yet to comment on the report.

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