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SESSION NOTES: The Future of C#
Presentation by Anders Hejlsberg. It is 10 years later since they started C# C# 1.0 was about introducing the general concept of managed code. C# 2.0 was about finishing C# 1.0 but didn't have time to do. C# 3.0 is really about radical new thinking in the language - LINQ. They learned a lot about functional programming through this exercise. Today is about C# 4.0. Some of the trends that have shaped their thinking on C# 4.0. Declarative Dynamic - resurgence of dynamic programming languages Concurrent ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2008 6:06 PM

Google Loses - Authors Win!
I blogged years ago and voiced my disappointment of Google taking books, scanning them, databasing the contents of the books, and then making these books available to end users in "chucks". I am a computer book author and have written 18 books (two more on the way) and I wrote in my old blog post about why I didn't care for this move and how it really hurt me as an author. Back then, I wrote about the issue: "The problem is (at least for publishers and authors) is that let's say there is someone ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:22 AM

Oracle's 2008 Enterprise Developer of the Year
I would like to first thank the academy ..... Thanks to Oracle and the award as the Oracle Enterprise Developer of the Year for 2008. This was announced today in Oracle magazine. This was about using ODP.NET and Oracle to develop and deliver top-of-the-line .NET financial applications. At Thomson Reuters, I work for Lipper, and we are using an Oracle backend system that gets its data delivered via a set of WCF services to a series ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2008 4:18 PM

PDC 2008 Keynote Day 2
This keynote is all about Windows 7 (the Vista that shoulda been) and new things from ScottGu's team. While yesterday was about the back-end infrastructure of the new cloud platform Azure from Microsoft, today's keynote focused on the front end of Microsoft. One funny question from Ray Ozzie was wondering what we would do at work all day if we didn't have a computer on our desk. Here are some random notes from the keynote. "The PC will be more relevant in the next era." - Ray Ozzie Today we barely ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2008 4:02 PM

This session is by Scott Hunter, Program Manager at MSFT In July 2007 - ASP.NET Futures was released That was followined by an Extensions Preview of ASP.NET 3.5 in Dec 07 Then in March 08 - we started doing some new stuff - ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 - MVC and more The ASP.NET will continue to release out-of-bound items. CodePlex is the main driver for that. - This is where you will find the interim drops. Currently there are ~1,000 downloads today If you want to see all the latest and ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2008 4:43 PM

Some Pictures from PDC 2008
Well, probably the most exciting picture (for me at least) that I got was a picture of me and Anders Hejlsberg (inventor of C#). He is quite the nice guy. We had dinner last night at a restaurant near the convention center. It was a great evening. Here is another shot as I was leaving the keynote. There are sooo many people here, it's great ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2008 12:58 PM

PDC 2008 - Keynote Notes
Ray Ozzie, chief architect at Microsoft, opened the keynote. Here are my random notes: Ray thanked everyone for coming to the event and stressed how important we all are in Microsoft's success. He then stressed his work as an ISV in the past and how he also sat in the audience like we are today. PDC is about Microsoft's take on the revolutions happening in the world. It is about combining the best aspects of combining software along with the best aspects of services. Tomorrow Ray will talk on stage ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2008 12:04 PM

Day 0 of PDC - Regional Director Party and Meeting
Well, this is the first day at PDC 2008. This is, by far, my favorite conference. This year's PDC has a lot of energy and excitement. I think, partially, the reason is due to the fact that the last PDC was canceled (I had signed up for that one). The last PDC was in 2005 - so this one was due. I was invited by Microsoft to the conference as part of the Microsoft Regional Director program. You can find more information on the RD program by reading some of the blog posts from other fellow RDs at ......

Posted On Sunday, October 26, 2008 4:29 PM

Getting ready for PDC 2008 in Los Angeles
No, it's not the PDC 2008 World Champion Darts competition, but actually it is one of the coolest conferences on the planet. Microsoft's PDC 2008 (which stands for Professional Developer Conference) is a conference that is focused on the future Microsoft technologies. While TechEd is focused on the here and now - PDC focuses on things that are coming in the next 18 months or so. This is by far my favorite conference as there is quite a bit of energy and the crowd is excited and hungry for knowledge. ......

Posted On Friday, October 24, 2008 9:50 AM

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