At TechED Developer 2007 I was fortunate enough to catch up with C++ expert
and VC++ team members Ale Contenti and Steve Teixeira for a conversation in the TechED Fish Bowl. Not surprisingly, the topic we focused on was VC++ 2008, the future of VC++ and Microsoft's commitment to innovating and evolving this powerful
unmanaged platform in the context of it being an unmanaged
platform (as opposed to concentrating on how C++ can interop with and, in some sense compete with, managed code, etc).
We thought it would be wise to get an external C++ expert together with Microsoft C++ People to chat about what's new, where the platform is heading, the position and relevance of C++ in an increasingly managed world and other fun topics to capture a customer's
feedback on camera (no where to hide, MS product people!
Kate, who is a C++ MVP and fantastic speaker (her C++ sessions always rank highly among attendees) provides real world context and perspective with regard to what C++ developers want and need. The product team people, like Ale and Steve, are of course listening
and acting on the feedback from C++ developers like Kate who target Windows primarily, if not entirely, in an unmanaged context.
As always, it was a pleasure to chat with Kate, Ale and Steve.
If you are a C++ developer (or interested in the future of VC++), then this interview is for you!