Microsoft has gained approval for its C# programming language as both an ISO and ECMA standard.
ISO has approved both C#, which is Microsoft's object-oriented programming language, and the accompanying Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) as standards, following their original submission as ECMA standards.
"We're very, very excited about this," said Tony Goodhew, Microsoft product manager for the .net Framework, adding that ISO's certification marked the first time in recent memory that the organisation has standardised a major computing language.
The ISO stamp of approval also certifies C# for use by numerous governmental organisations, he said.
Goodhew added that the ISO approval gives C# an advantage over Java. "It shows our commitment to having an open standard for fundamental components of the .net Framework."
Sun could not be reached for comment yesterday.