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CowboyRobot writes "David Chisnall of the University of Cambridge describes how interfacing between languages is increasingly important. You can no longer expect a nontrivial application to be written in a single language. High-level languages typically call code written in lower-level languages as part of their standard libraries (for example, GUI rendering), but adding calls can be difficult. In particular, interfaces between two languages that are not C are often difficult to construct. Even relatively simple examples, such as bridging between C++ and Java, are not typically handled automatically and require a C interface. The problem of interfacing between languages is going to become increasingly important to compiler writers over the coming years."

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Welcome to Ars Technica's Windows 8 deep dive. This page is where you'll find the various explorations of Windows 8 and related technologies that we conduct over the next several days. You can find those articles listed in reverse chronology below.

Windows 8 is a truly significant undertaking. So much so that when we sat down many months ago to plan our coverage of Windows 8, we quickly decided that rather than writing one monolithic review, we would do a series of investigations, knowing that interest in Windows 8 would be widely varied depending on where and how our readers interact with it. Some might be focused on the user interface, others on gaming performance, still others on what Windows 8 offers to the enterprise. And many of you will want it all. We are happy to say that we plan to provide the most depth and breadth of Windows 8 coverage you will find anywhere. And we have already kicked that off with our in-depth exploration of WinRT, as well as our extensive review of the Microsoft Surface tablet.

At the very end of this list you will find a brief Q&A on our approach.

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