Nice interview, I like the new suttle camera angles to, just don't overdo them if you decide to do more
btw Charles, can't someone please fix the silverlight player in Chrome, I just upgraded silverligt to 4 where it's supposed to be supported, but the seek still don't work well in Chrome, the new player used elsewhere on ms sites works great, but not on C9.
Also, it would be great if you could redesign the media download and rating buttons, they are too hard to see and many people don't realise they are there.
Not really a question, but Don mentions that he felt like he was encoding a lot of stuff, and he felt he missed language support for concurrency. Then you talked about code as data, and after watching the Clojure video here on C9 I thought that perhaps Clojure.Net
would be a good fit.
All my questions were answered, perf - solved, fuzzy text - solved, help - solved, etc.
You talked about how now almost all C++ developers finally use VS, it would be great if for the next major version (VS 2012 or something) you could have as a major target to get all the dynamic languages people to use it. With a great story for DLR intellisense,
form designers (perhaps have a xaml format for winforms that all languages can hook into, and ditch the code generation?), dynamic compiling, repl, etc.
I find the video on that link more interesting, it goes deeper into the game and shows gameplay and video, and not 30% of the video talks about the performance of some car, the format is still not something I think is appropriate for C9 though.
I do not think you need to expand your audience, I think MS would benefit from keeping the content on this site to us geeks and experts, if we like it, we will promote Microsoft and the products to the other non experts.
About ping and marketing, here are some headlines from the latest shows:
"What does Zune HD mean for you?"
"Tired mac ads"
"Is google scared?"
"Microsoft is cool"
Contrast this with the very professional atmosphere in the JAOO interviews with Guy Steele and Anders, or with interviews with Lars Bak from Lang.Net
If you can drastically change the format of the show, I would love to watch it. Here are some ideas for content:
- A technical Interview with Halo lead Corrinne Yu, about programming.
- More XNA stuff, what's next, who is working there, a tour around their offices etc.
- Interview with Gears of War team, or preferable Tim Sweeney from Epic. Problems with developing the Unreal Engine cross platform, differences between Xbox, PC and PS3. General-purpose CPUs on the xbox360 vs the SPUs on the PS3. SPU and parallel programming
I believe C9 is a great marketing channel for Microsoft, because it's honest and shows that ms has some really great minds working on interesting things. It's great marketing precisely because it's not this kind of shows. This show and ping is exactly what
C9 don't need. I want interesting questions about interesting things from experts in their fields, not presenters shouting marketing fluff to rockmusic.