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Doug Hodges: The history of Visual Studio Extensibility

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Doug Hodges, a Principal Software Architect on the Visual Studio platform team, is interviewed by Ken Levy discussing the history of the Visual Studio IDE. Doug is often referred to as the father (or cool uncle) of the original Visual Studio IDE shell. The text transcript for this interview is available in the online edition of VSX edition of CoDe Focus magazine. Additional information about the VS SDK and VS Shell can be found at http://msdn.com/vsx.

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  • Apart from the all content I didn't like how the telephone call was ignored with words like "what to f...".

    Is it so difficult to pick up the handset and say "will be ok to call you later?" ???

    It wasn't first time I have seen this behavior on C9.

    The first time I have seem it, somebody was calling for good few minutes and interviewed was putting down the phone everytime.

    It is unacceptable, and It doesn't say enything positive about person doing it.

    I appreciate of course all C9 content, I watch it quite often and I am up to date with almost everything here, but things like that just push me off.

    Greets
    Mariusz
  • At Microsoft, we allow anyone to call in and be transferred to a particular person. This means we often don't know who the caller is. If it is a call from within Microsoft, the phone display shows woh the call is coming from. In the U.S., it is not common to answer the phone and say we will call you back. Instead, when we are busy or prefer to talk later, it is most common to not answer and have the caller leave a voice message for the call to be returned. In fact, most people in the U.S. would find it negative to get an answer but then have the person say that they will call you back, and people here would prefer to just leave a voice message if the person cannot speak at that time. This obviously varies in different cultures. What should have been done is to turn the phone ringer off before the video started. Smiley

  • Aristo,

    I'm sorry but that has to be the stupidest comment I've EVER seen on C9.

    Their filming a video!!

    It's about priorites.  Keeping the interviewing rolling is a higher priority (and more polite), than picking up the phone and telling them you'll call them back later.

    It's like if your in line at the subway, and you have thousands of people in line behind you while you're telling them what you want, you get a call, and talk to the person for a minute telling them you'll call them back, why, what you are doing, oh no it's quick, etc.

    What they should really do is before they start any interviews is ask them to turn their ringer off and let it go to voice mail and return their call later.
  • nice, but hey, where are the guys who designed vb1, msvc++1 and before, the entire generation of pwb ide(s)? feels like yesterday to me...
    daniel
  • Looks like we have different priorities MetaGunny.

    "Their filming video!" - would you translate it to english for me please!
  • umer_aumer_a Mario be on XBOX one day.

    C++ RAD in IDE..

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