This show is a bonus edition. It includes a brief overview of the announcements this week around Azure at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans and then a 30minute interview recorded at Qcon 2009 in London earlier this year. This time around, I am the interviewee for a change. Many thanks to Ryan Slobojan and InfoQ for letting me take the original video interview and create a podcast from it. If you prefer, you can watch the video on the InfoQ site.
I was asked the following:
- Eric, what's going to be coming up in .NET 4.0 Visual Studio 2010?
- You’ve mentioned Visual Basic - there is an impression that I've personally heard in the software development environment that Visual Basic is not really at the same level as languages with curly braces like C# or Java. What's your perspective on that?
- You've also mentioned F# as being one of the new in the box languages for .NET 4.0. Is that also a part of the co-evolution? Is it going to start off with the same feature set?
- What would you like to see in future versions of .NET beyond 4.0? Where do you think the focus should lie?
- You mentioned the Parallel library, which is upcoming in .NET 4.0. Can you describe that more detailed?
- One of the other things which you mentioned is Parallel and there is also the existing LINQ. Is there a way to combine the 2 of those?
- You've mentioned F# as an upcoming language, the inclusion of VB.NET and C#. You've only had a brief mention of C++. Is that losing its focus?
- What exactly is Cloud Computing?
- Can you tell us a little bit more about Azure?
- How does Azure compare against other Cloud offerings that are in the marketplace, such as the Amazons, for instance?
I hope you enjoy the show.
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