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Knowledge of language features, “Operator Overloading “

May 14th, 2007 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Well, I am one of the VB insiders, we are talking about a video. This video is a chatting video between 5 guys from difference team(VB, C#, C++, Channel 9 interviewer). They are going to answer you few question about the language future from their view when developing CLR/LINQ/VB/C#/C++. But the point we VB Insider discussing is, one of them, Brian Beckman has spoken that he likes C# because of the “Operator Overloading” support. That means he does not know that VB.NET(Or shorten called VB9 now) also has operator overloading support.

Another interesting issue I found afterward, I open up .NET Documentation, type the “operator overloading” keyword in Index Tab, I found a C# article(“Help me, I am overloaded”) on Operator Overloading and explain to you how to do so, why to do so(ms-help://MS.VSCC.v80/MS.MSDN.v80/MS.VSADD.v10.en/dncscol/html/csharp06212001.htm). But when I click in VB, it only shows you the “SAMPLE”(ms-help://MS.VSCC.v80/MS.MSDN.v80/MS.VisualStudio.v80.en/dv_vbcode/html/30202e10-8bdc-47dc-8fd1-f0ff9ffa0641.htm). Oh…god…no article in VB? How the VB beginner learn and understand it then? No wonder why he said the above comment.

Anders Hejlsberg, Herb Sutter, Erik Meijer, Brian Beckman: Software Composability and the Future of Languages
Posted by Charles // Mon, Jan 22, 2007 1:09 PM
How will imperative programming languages evolve to suit the needs of developers in the age of Concurrency and Composability? What role can programming languages play in enabling true composability? What are the implications of LINQ on the furture of managed (CLS-based) and unmanaged(C++) languages? How will our imperative languages (static) become more functional (dynamic) in nature while preserving their static “experience” for developers? Answers to these questions and much more are to be found in this interview with some of Microsoft’s leading language designers and programming thought leaders: Anders Hejlsberg, Technical Fellow and Chief Architect of C#, Herb Sutter, Architect in the C++ language design group, Erik Meijer, Architect in both VB.Net and C# language design and programming language guru, and Brian Beckman, physicist and programming language architect working on VB.Net.

This is a great conversation with some of the industry’s most influential programming language designers. Tune in. You may be surprised by what you learn…


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Upcoming interview with GPM of Windows Live – get your questions in!

December 21st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Got a treat for you guys! In a series of interviews which will be coming to MSBLOG over the next few weeks, we start off with…

Philippa Snare
Group Product Manager – Live Services – Microsoft UK
She manages a team of UK product managers who are responsible for the end to end
    business plans and strategies for each of the Live Services Products: Mail, Messenger,
    Mobile, Spaces, Domains, Family Safety, Premium Services and Personal Expression.

A highly respected and important figure for Windows Live in the UK, and she’ll be answering your questions on all that is Windows Live. I’ve worked with Philippa for some time in and out the London office during my internship-type-thingy, and she’s a wealth of knowledge for MSN, Windows Live and life within Microsoft.

Get your comments in now! Simply add a comment, and she’ll pick out the best ones and we’ll have a reply here on MSBLOG in a couple of weeks. Closing date: Thursday, 28th December 2006.

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MSBLOG Exclusive: Robert Scoble – Life after Microsoft

August 14th, 2006 by Kristan M. Kenney

I recently got to chat with Robert Scoble from and former Microsoft employee for a short while about how things have been with him and what life is like after leaving one of the worlds largest corporations.

MSBLOG: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
RS: I have a bio over on Wikipedia which is the best place to learn about me and my past.

MSBLOG: You’ve started working for a company called How has that been going for you?
RS: Very exciting so far! Lots of new people in my life, new cameras, new ideas and my creative juices are flowing big time. There are two challenges for me: 1) Get a show going. 2) Build a network of awesome videobloggers and podcasters.

MSBLOG: Were your former co-workers at Microsoft surprised to see you leaving the company?
RS: Yeah, I shocked a few people, but many saw warning signs in my writing.

MSBLOG: Do you miss working for Microsoft?
RS: Everyday. Microsoft is an awesome place to work because it has such a high concentration of smart and interesting people. Plus there’s always something interesting to do (last week Lego was on campus showing off their new robots).

MSBLOG: Have you ever had second thoughts about leaving Microsoft?
RS: Not in the way you’re probably thinking. I do miss some things like the people and benefits. But I’m creatively alive now and getting to see things I wouldn’t have gotten to see as a Microsoft employee.

MSBLOG: Is it easier for you to be blogging now that you are not under Microsoft’s rules / NDA?
RS:It’s both easier and harder. Easier cause I don’t have to worry about pissing off 60,000 people. Harder because I don’t have access to exclusive things like I used to.

MSBLOG: Is there anything else you’d like to say that we haven’t covered here? Anything goes.
RS: Now that I’m way from Microsoft I’m a little more able to comment on competitors and partners. For instance, I think Microsoft’s OEMs are doing both themselves and Microsoft harm by not doing more R&D and being more aggressive. Getting a decent Tablet PC took years, for instance, and even now the drivers for many pieces of hardware for Windows Vista aren’t good, or even finished. That harms the industry and will let companies who are investing in R&D, like Apple, continue to take market share.

I’m also a bit more likely to really use Google’s latest stuff and give it a good pounding (my corporate email, for instance, is now on Gmail, not on Exchange).

On behalf of MSBLOG I’d like to thank Mr. Scoble for taking time out of his busy day in order to do this for us. Thanks again, Robert!

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