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digitalmars.D - Re: Why don't other programming languages have ranges?

Bruno Medeiros Wrote:

 On 26/07/2010 05:32, Sean Kelly wrote:
 C# generics are a heck of a lot nicer than Java generics, but there also I
think there were other practical reasons for the decision that they didn't
fully address.  C# is effectively the native language for .NET, and so its
libraries should be as useful as possible to other languages compiled to CLR
bytecode.  If C# used C++ style templates, C++ would integrate well with it,
but no other languages really would.  Try telling some Visual Basic programmer
that they have to define a different container interface for each stored type
and see if they use your library.  The "Binary Compatibility" section mentions
this, but only briefly.

Why is that? (my C# knowledge is very rusty) Is it because they maintain some runtime information unlike Java generics which are completely erased?

Yes. It's been a while since I looked at C# as well, but I think this is the crux of it.
Jul 26 2010