As I intimated a few posts ago, I’m going to be back on the East Coast at the end of the month. Part of the reason is to visit family (my family this time), but part of it is to give a talk at the Capital Area .NET Users group. You can find their website at http://www.caparea.net/, and here’s the blurb:
Visual Basic 9.0: Language Integrated Query (LINQ), XML integration and beyond…
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 7:00 PM
With its second version on the .NET Framework, Visual Basic has largely completed the process of moving from its previous home in COM to its new home in the CLR. As a full-fledged language on a premier runtime platform, the inevitable next question is: Now what? Come hear a discussion and see demos of where Visual Basic is headed in the future. Visual Basic 9.0 will offer radical improvements in its ability to query data in all its forms, whether as objects, XML, or relational data. Also, working with data interchange becomes significantly easier as XML becomes integrated directly into the language. And, finally, we’ll take a look back at Visual Basic’s dynamic language and scripting roots to see what lessons from the past might be brought into future versions and look ahead at where the language might be headed beyond 9.0.
The talk will mostly cover LINQ and will be a more developed version of the talk I gave at the PDC (i.e. it will include all the work and thinking that we’ve done since last November). It’ll also have some teaser stuff at the end that covers a bit of what we talked about at Lang .NET (which I’ll also discuss here once I’ve dug out a bit more).
If you’re in the VA/DC/MA area, I hope to see you there!