Could someone please explain to a non programer like me, what .net is? I always thought it was some gay microsoft internet security monopoly crap?
Allow me to dispel your misconceptions:http://www.schnapple.com/dotnet.html
And the poster which figured this was for demonstration purposes is right - Vertigo Software is a .NET consulting firm which Microsoft has hired in the past to put together demonstration applications, both for proof of concept and because Microsoft also wants to see what is possible with what they've made.
And programming Managed C++ is indeed hairy, but it's possible. But if I understand it right, mods could be made in any .NET language - C#, VB.NET, COBOL.NET, FORTRAN.NET, etc. C# is much nicer than C++ (though obviously less powerful).
Plus I wonder what this does for portability? I mean obviously the FCL is Windows specific but if they didn't use that, could this run in the SSCLI CLR that's been ported to FreeBSD, Mac OSX and Linux?
(edit - fixed link)This comment was edited on Jul 14, 22:32.