Punching up the abstract…

Despite my name making an appearance in the session title (it appears to be gone now), several people have observed that our current session abstract for our PDC05 talk is a bit, uh, bland, especially when compared to some of the other sessions. Here’s what we originally submitted:

Visual Basic is designed to be the most productive language for writing data-centric, solution-focused applications. Meet with the designers of VB and learn about upcoming language features that will improve developer productivity, including new features that enable optimized queries over objects, XML, and databases in a consistent way.

I proposed punching up the abstract in the hopes of making it a little more enticing, and it looks like that’s now live. Here’s the new abstract, which you can find in the session list:

Visual Basic 9.0 will offer radical improvements in its ability to work with data in all its forms: as objects, as XML, as relational data. Join the language architects for a detailed discussion of features such as query comprehensions, object initializers and anonymous types that enable querying data in a more flexible, natural way than ever before. Also, get a glimpse into the future of dynamic programming in VB with coverage of new features intended to radically simplify working with dynamically typed data on the .NET platform.

Hmmm… What are some of those things?

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10 thoughts on “Punching up the abstract…

  1. Fan

    Wow! The description of VB9 is terrific! Keep on the great job and bring more creative "radical improvements" into VB

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  3. rm

    "Visual Basic is designed to be the most productive language for writing data-centric, solution-focused applications. "

    Sorry, Microsoft Access has it beat by a long shot. Building data-centric apps in .NET is still WAY to hard.

    Why can’t VB .NET emulate the Access model? i.e. have a form class that behaves exactly like Access forms?

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  5. Beth

    It’s really nice to see VB catch up to VFP. And it only took 10 years. <vbg> Seriously though, this was the reason why I chose VB as my preferred .NET language in the first place — because of the hope that one day I would be able quickly write data-oriented, dynamic, meta-data driven systems with far less code. I am so excited!

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