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  • TechEd Amanda Silver on Visual Basic 2008 and VB in the future

    Did I hear that right, at the end of the video? That the VB Team is thinking of doing away with the underscore requirement for line continuation? If so, that would be a MAJOR enhancement, in my book.

    Here are a couple of links I found that follow that train of thought:


  • Pascal Bourque - Building a rich datagrid in WPF

    I tried the free datagrid from Xceed on a 20-column, 2500-row datatable and found it sluggish in performance--slow to navigate up and down the grid. I've read that others are experiencing the same thing. By comparison, a wrapped Windows Forms DataGrid using the WPF WindowsFormsHost was snappy.

    Maybe all the extra stuff that comes with the Xceed control slows it down. It's unfortunate because it really has some nice features.

    At the moment, it's unusable for my purposes. Microsoft will have to step up to the plate.
  • Tara Roth: Not your father’s world of Software Test

    >> What may be more useful is to interview an expert that has interviewed hundreds of women in technology ...

    A few months ago I was involved in a major project for an entertainment company in Los Angeles with 30-or-so programmers. Only two were women. From my 20+ years experience in the computer industry, this is typical. A woman programmer is a rare breed.

    Like Charles, I often wonder why this is so. The money is good. The job opportunities are there. What gives?

    Charles' comment about women needing to see the bigger picture, made a lot of sense to me. I will add that to the list of possibilities.

  • Brian Beckman: Monads, Monoids, and Mort

    At 27:00 into the interview, Mr. Beckman says:

    "We want to turn Visual Basic into not only the best and most popular programming language in the world but the most advanced programming language in the world."

    Wow! What an incredible statement. It even took Charles by surprise. Microsoft Research favoring VB over C#! That's got to turn the .NET programming community on its ear.