Visual Basic: Future Directions in Language Innovation
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’m going to be giving this talk along with Amanda Silver and we’re going to cover some really cool stuff that we’ve been working on for quite a while now. As Luca notes, this is part of a large cross-group/cross-language effort, but this isn’t going to just be the same thing you’ll see in the C# presentation with curly braces removed! Can’t really say much more about it yet, but you’ll definitely want to drop by for this one. Also on deck is:
Visual Basic: Under the Hood on Extending the ‘My’ Namespace
Visual Basic 2005 includes a new and highly customizable application framework that makes it easier than ever to develop powerful applications for Windows. This session takes an in-depth look at the My namespace to understand the design principles, and demonstrates how the extensible architecture paves the way for future innovations with Visual Basic.
And there might also be another interesting session that might be making an appearance if we can get it in. You’ll have to stay tuned for that one, though… All in all, though, this is going to be an exciting PDC for VB and — who knows? — it might just be cool enough to steal Cyrus away from OCaml…