Mark Russinovich, the chief technology officer of Microsoft Azure, has said that developers must stop writing codes in programming languages C and C++ and the industry should treat these computer languages as “deprecated”.
The developers should rather write codes in “Rust,” a multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language licesed by MIT and Apache 2.0 (dual-licensed), due to security and reliability concerns in C and C++ languages.
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“Speaking of languages, it’s time to halt starting any new projects in C/C++ and use Rust for those scenarios where a non-garbage-collected (GC) language is required. For the sake of security and reliability. the industry should declare those languages as deprecated,” Russinovich said in a tweet.
Microsoft recently said that 70 per cent of its security patches in the last 12 years were fixes for memory safety bugs “due largely to Windows being written mostly in C and C++”.
Google Chrome also said that 70 per cent of all serious security vulnerabilities in the Chrome codebase were memory management and safety bugs written mostly in C++.
“There is an enormous amount of C/C++ that will be maintained and evolve for decades (or longer). That said, I’ll bias towards Rust for new tools,” Russinovich further said.
Rust is a promising replacement for C and C++, particularly for systems-level programming, infrastructure projects, embedded software development and more.
C++ is a general-purpose programming language created by Danish computer scientist Bjarne Stroustrup as an extension of the C programming language.
The language expanded significantly over time, and modern C++ now has object-oriented, generic, and functional features in addition to facilities for low-level memory manipulation.
Several companies provide C++ compilers, including the Free Software Foundation, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, and IBM.
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