VB - set to dominate !!
Sun, Aug 28 2005 1:01
Just finished watching another great channel 9 video. It really should have been two parts, but it's worth watching the whole thing. The real kicker stuff comes in about 40 minutes or so into the tape. It's really interesting to hear the talk about dynamic languages with Erik Meijer and of course Joel Pobar. Erik talks about the spectrum of languages from the fully dynamic such as iron python to the fully static like C++ or C#. The key to note here is how Erik talks about VB as being the language that does both dynamic and static. To quote Erik :
" in a year's time people will point at VB as an example of modern language design because it especially allows you to span these two worlds ..."
Of course I'd say if people needed another year to realize that, they just haven't been paying attention. I've talked about it before, how VB is better designed than, say C# for example. VB has led the way with abstractions and declarative programming. dynamic programming too, has always been there. The importance of this will really come into play when we start seeing the worlds of "data" and "general programming" also begin to meld.
Paul's talk is definitely stirring up a buzz already, with InfoWorld titling their article "Microsoft set to hail Visual Basic 9.0"
And even Mitch Denny seems to be getting on the bandwagon too. I noticed he's listed the VB sessions he plans to attend
I especially like the:
Visual Basic Tips/Tricks and Other Advanced Topics (Nick Randolph and Bill McCarthy) wouldn’t miss this one for the word!
Thanks Mitch !
At TechEd next week we can't talk about the Orcas stuff unfortunately, you'll have to wait just a few weeks more till after the PDC. But there's so much good stuff install with Whidbey, we wouldn't have time anyway One thing's for sure, if you are a VB developer, well life could not be sweeter.
If you are a C# developer, well it really is time you started learning VB properly. A lot of you guys say you can code in VB, when truth is you can call methods when it's the same as C#, but you haven't really learnt the intrinsic beauty and elegance of VB. It's a hard journey for some of you, but you have to start some time. VB is clearly going to be the language of the future. So join Mitch, and come see some great VB talks.. It's bound to be lots of fun.