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When: February 2003

What: Microsoft proposes an end to DLL Hell through strong bonds between applications and DLLs.

FUDFactor: Get out of DLL Hell.

FUDBust: Software developers have had problems with DLLs for years. Microsoft's recently announced solution for Windows--to tie applications and DLLs closer together to ensure that applications relying on DLLs will not become FUBAR by patches and upgrades--is hardly a solution.

Strongly coupling DLLs and applications isn't any different than building static applications, except that you don't have to distribute the DLL with your application. With disk space cheap, the size of a distributed application isn't that important.

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