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I was exceptionally fortunate to get an opportunity to attend Microsoft's 2008 Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, starting tomorrow!  It's going to be a busy week, undoubtedly, but it's exciting to see what's up and coming.  Some of the things that I'm really geared up for are:

  • Under the Hood: Advances in the .NET Type System - We'll get a chance to see the next version of the CLR and the looser coupling it will provide.  In particular I'm hoping they announce support for covariant and contravariant types, something I suspect has been on the whiteboard for a while now.
  • The Future of C# - presented by none other than Anders Hejlsberg, the creator of C#.  Unfortunately I haven't found out whether any of my wishlist items made it into the mix, but we'll see.
  • Coding4Fun: Windows Presentation Foundation Animation, YouTube, iTunes, Twitter, and Nintendo's Wiimote - Yes, that's all one title, one session.  I hope we're presented with Wiimote classes for use in our Windows 7 and Silverlight apps! :)
  • Windows 7: Unlocking the GPU with Direct3D - I'm intrigued because D3D has historically been something that is relegated to the games/CAD developer.  Are we going to start seeing D3D on the desktop?
  • Windows 7: Developing Multi-touch Applications - It's so impractical and yet I'm double-booked for it with a concurrency symposium. 
  • WPF: Extensible BitmapEffects, Pixel Shaders, and WPF Graphics Futures - Integrating shaders into WPF?  How can you not be intrigued?

I'll be blogging about the goings-on during the week and taking copious notes about what I get to see.  At some point I need to get free goodies and play with the MS Surface too. 

See you at PDC!

Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 4:53 PM | Back to top


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Well I bet you're busy! A lot of cool announcements coming out of that conference already!
Left by Jason Crist on Oct 27, 2008 4:19 PM

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Nice to see you're back, I was getting sick of looking at that Lego thing every time I checked your blog :)
Left by ApacheChief on Oct 31, 2008 10:18 AM

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