Very much enjoyed Joe Duffy and Joel Pobar’s session on “Build a compiler for managed code in less than an hour.” Basically, they stepped through the classic compiler stages (scanner, parser, code gen), but then went into how, in the .NET world, the System.Reflection.Emit libraries work. It might have been a little too ambitious in scope – if you carefully go over “what a scanner is,” then you might not even mention type coercion or autoboxing half-an-hour later. But it was a very well-attended session, they had good energy, and I think it was probably really good for many, many people. Heck, I’ve never seen all the .NET pieces in a single, easy-to-digest place before.
According to Bill Gates, 200 million PCs were shipped last year (are going to be shipped this year?). +12% growth. This builds into the point that in the few years after Vista ships, 500 million PCs will be purchases, 200 million of which will be “capable of being upgraded to
Microsoft showed Office 12 for the first time in public during the keynotes. The most obvious thing is that they’ve gotten rid of dropdown menus; choosing a high-level menu now puts a taskbar in a tabbed interface (I think is how it works – it was difficult to comprehend). No sign of ink, as a matter of fact, the only sign was that the “ink comments” button in Word is still there, hinting that there’s not any further suport.
Outlook will have built-in support for RSS reading, including synchronizing content for offline viewing (additionally, of course, in
Eric Meijer is posting over at Lambda the Ultimate on LINQ. Look for a flamewar to start.
Looks like Paul Vick is willing to show what LINQ looks like for VB developers. This is a helpful post because most of the talks so far seem to be concentrating on the C# syntax.
Hilton Locke has revealed that Microsoft is okaying OEM’s to ship Windows XP Tablet PC Edition with touch-screens rather than active digitizers. (Not that active digitizers will die, not that active digitizers aren’t infinitely better than touch-screens, but touch-screens are cheaper.)
The direct link to the C# LINQ preview is http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/future/linq/
The VB preview is http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/a/4/2a405b66-1b1c-4fca-bfbf-007aad63d307/LINQ%20VB%20Preview.msi