I certainly hope that C# will be the destination of choice for a lot of today's Visual Basic application developers. That would be quite a step forward. For systems programming, C++ is still tough to beat despite all the naysayers' wishful thinking that C++ will just roll over and go away. Even in its first incarnation, Managed C++ is the best .NET programming language for creating efficient, performance-oriented applications, and Managed C++ will continue to be improved to increase its overlap with Standard C++.
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