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    Just wondering...

    anybody know what language Windows was written in?
    TIA
    Preliminary operational tests were inconclusive (the dang thing blew up)

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    hmmmm... i dont know offhand.... but would be interesting to know

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    NT was M$ practicing with C/C++. Knowing Bill Win95/98 were built with Visual Basic, but I digress
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    <sarcasm>

    Visual Basic.

    First it was written in C, but then was re-written in VB for more flexibility and control.

    </sarcasm>


    In all seriousness, though, I've been told by friends who work for "the enemy" that the heart of the system is in C. (though it also begs the question, "what do you call windows?" For example, is IE part of the OS?) Though some seem to think that since the API uses Pascal calling conventions, it must be done in Pascal (it's done that way, I've heard, because the Pascal calling convention is a bit faster and more compact than stdcall).
    \"Windows has detected that a gnat has farted in the general vicinity. You must reboot for changes to take affect. Reboot now?\"

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    Originally posted here by draziw
    (it's done that way, I've heard, because the Pascal calling convention is a bit faster and more compact than stdcall).
    Oops... think that should be cdecl, not stdcall.

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