Tony Goodhew - The "Clippy" guide to developing the next version of Visual Studio

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"Go to Slashdot and I guarantee you that on almost any Microsoft post someone will be making a Clippy joke," Tony Goodhew says.

He's one of the guys planning out a future version of Visual Studio.

So, why are we talking about Clippy and Visual Studio? Well, Microsoft Bob wasn't a commercial success. Tony talks about why and how he'll avoid making that mistake with the next version of Visual Studio.

What should the UI of a future version of Visual Studio do? Let us know!

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      Minh
      How about side tabs that don't auto expand. This isn't too bad of a problem except for Server Explorer or Dynamic Help where the hourglass grinds away because you accidentally mouse over the auto-hide tabs.

      Overall, I can't complain too much. I'm just so used to the UI, I couldn't imagine it be something else.

      Oh, just thought of something -- not necessarily UI, but I loved the way VB 6 NOT requiring you to save your project in order to run it. You can just fire VB up, run a quick immediate command, or create a quickie form to test something.

      Speaking of UI & MS Bob. I think as more computers get into hands of an older audience, Bob could make a come back?
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      Kaiser
      Could the person doing the interview talk anymore?

      Good videos nonetheless.
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      PeterF
      Great video about usability aspects.
      Now show some skunkworks vector demo's! Tongue Out
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      scobleizer
      Kaiser, what, you don't like my talking? Smiley

      Sorry, I'll try to stay out of them, but I like talking with Tony.
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      jales
      You don't need to stay out of it, but at least get a mic so we don't have to "squint" our ears.
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      Rossj
      Tony really should be congratulated on his patience.  If you really want to interview him at least let him speak Smiley
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      csells
      The future versions of VS should start out with a blank running application that lets you add functionality visually as the app is running, relying very heavily on data binding to add functionality w/o code. More details here.
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      farquhar
      Plan A. Interviewer. Shutup. You are not miked and we wouldn't want to hear you if you were.

      Plan B. Edit out the fellow not on the mike.

      Plan C. Get a different interviewer.

      NEVER, NEVER, mike this guy.
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      farquhar
      I mak have ben a little harsh but the information in this viedo was lost in the distraction of the unmiked voice.
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      shreyasonli​ne
      Why is he moving so much while giving an interview? Was he born in the train? I was a bit confused many times as I was not able to identify who exactly is giving interview is it the guy in the video on guy behind the camera.
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      Kaiser
      Scoble, the mic is a must!  It makes sense that you like talking to him, he seems like a very likable person.  You might not want to talk so much.  A little back and forth never hurt anybody.
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      Manip
      Minh wrote:
      Oh, just thought of something -- not necessarily UI, but I loved the way VB 6 NOT requiring you to save your project in order to run it. You can just fire VB up, run a quick immediate command, or create a quickie form to test something.


      Kinda off topic... COULDN'T AGREE MORE! I always use that .. I mean when I'm on IRC helping some little kid make a 'Web Browser' (IE control + cmd button) .. it is always helpful being able to test some stuff without having to save * all over my disk..

      PS Why did two books on the back-top shelf appear to be blanked out? Dirty books? Smiley
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      bugsy_malone
      I feel the exact same way.  The purpose of interviewing someone is to find out what they have to say about something.  If we wanted to know all about what the interviewer thought than we'd interview him, otherwise ASAIK an interviewer's role is to interview.  There were many times during the video you could tell Tony wanted to say something but because the other guy was spouting off he couldn't.  He'd try to say it again and then nope, cut off once more.

      Let's have a little more interview, a little less personal commentary. Thanks.
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      staceyw
      Just this one and last seemed like more talk inside the answers then normal.  Overall, still good video.
      --wjs mvp
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      jakesomethi​ng
      I hope the next version of VS will read our minds and know what we want to do.  Thus eliminating the need for us to do any work at all.  If that isn't possible atleast I hope we get a paper clip, "It looks like you are writing a program, would you like to see some templates for a different program?"

      And I don't think we need to be so harsh to the interviewer.  But a mic would have been nice to hear what you say.
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      vicg

      Remember Scoble wasn't trained in journalism, nor has he ever had formal training in the proper interview techniques.

      Channel 9 really is just a small group of guys at Microsoft who are trying to make a difference - we do our own interviews, our own editing, our own production and software development etc. So yes, it is at times unpolished.

      I'm sure Scoble will take the feedback on this site to heart though - try to have a mike on next time, try to talk less, etc.

      So thanks for the feedback, we'll make channel 9 better...

      -vicg

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      tgoodhew

      PS Why did two books on the back-top shelf appear to be blanked out? Dirty books? Smiley

      I'm pretty sure there aren't any dirty books there but maybe they were "Product marketing for dummies" types Smiley

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