A compiler is not an Operating System.
A compiler is an application.
Actually in a microkernel environment pretty much everything is an "application", IE is a part of the OS (whether that's good or bad is a whole other flamewar), it may not be incapable of being removed but it is integrated in. IE is also an application. In MacOS the Finder is a very important piece of the OS, it's also an app. The list goes on and on: defrag, fdisk, format, command.com
To be a little less pithy though. The bundling of the compiler group with the operating system would assure that they would continue with the most predatory and harmful of their practices. That of ignoring standards and integrating features with Windows as it is in their favor to do so thus continueing to control the OS market through monopoly.
Firstly why should Microsoft stop putting features into their OS? Isn't that what's called improving your product? If that's how they controlled the OS market then I had them wrong all along. Secondly there aren't OS Standards so there's nothing for them to ignore. MS in alot of cases does good to standards, granted it's only when they're behind the competition so they can "embrace and break-cervical" them. For what it's worth last I read IE5.0 for the Mac was the most standards compliant browser out there. And I've got both IE5.5 and Mozilla running on NT4 and IE still kicks the pants off of it. 'Zilla takes at least 3 times as long to load. And I'm not sure about standards compliance but I imagine it's still getting kicked around by IE. The point of this is that Microsoft as much as we all hate them releases some good products, they also release cluster-fuck bloated pieces of shit like the Office Suite, and because there isn't any serious competition (I've tried both Corel and StarOffice and they make me want to die), they don't have to do anything remotely competent. I want the compiler to go to the OS group just to be as far away from the Office team as possible. The reason MS got brought up on anti-trust charges is for unfair business practices, not just having a monopoly, so if you're going to hate them and you should hate them for that... and for Office
However, if the compiler group were forced to fight for their lives without the cash cow OS group supporting their efforts then you would see VC++ for Amiga (well, something other than Windows anyway) :-)
Seriously have you ever used the Visual Studio Suite? It's one of the best interfaces I've found on a Windows box. Granted I haven't played with anything since Borland 5 (on a side note borland 4 still has better syntax coloring). The VS tools work very well and they have alot of nice features (yes including the app wizard someone please put me out of my misery). And as for the OS group being the cash cow I'd bet any one of the teams makes as much as the OS group, my work payed somewhere around $1500 for Visual Studio 6, and god knows how much for Office?
Did I mention how much I hate the Office Suite?
My ass. It's code, with pictures of fish attached. Get over it. --trhurler
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