PDC Day 3 – Experts, experts, everywhere


C# Futures was packed...


So I ended up in an overflow room.  Listening to Anders Hejlsberg talk about delegates, anonymous methods, lambda expressions, generics, etc. was very cool.  It's really interesting all the things that needed to be done to the C# language in order to make the LINQ (Language Integrated Query) syntax work.



Dynamic Languages in the CLR...


I then attended the lecture on dynamic languages in the CLR.  First there was a demo of some loosely coupled VB code (late-binding) and then a demonstration of Iron Python for .NET.  This was really cool.  I remember seeing this about a year ago and wondering where it would end up.  Finally the lecture ended with a demo of Lightweight Code Generation (LCG) features of the CLR 2.0.  It's really easy to generation IL code using some help from the framework and get the IL to run in the context of the application on the fly.  Interesting implications for scripting languages and dynamic languages with little to no type safety.  You don't always have to compile everything ahead of time.  (More about LCG at Joel Pobar's blog.)



64-bit Gaming...


I spent a little time getting killed (mostly) playing "Far Cry" on some AMD 64-bit hardware.  Totally fun... 



Ask the Experts...


Tonight was the Ask the Experts session and there were a ton of Microsoft experts in attendance to provide answers to customer questions.  It was very crowded and there were lots of customers asking questions.  This was by far the best organized Ask the Experts I've been to since I started attending trade shows.  Every expert group had a table and there was a good directory for customers and us to follow.  There were plenty of times when I had to walk a customer to another table, but having the index really helped.


As we were leaving Anders Hejlsberg was discussing topics at a whiteboard with about 20 people hanging around him.  Some were taking pictures.  The rest of us are amateurs compared to him when it comes be being an expert.  I guess they could have called it "Ask *The* Expert".



Pedometer facts...


I've been wearing my pedometer the entire week here at PDC 05.  Here are the latest statistics:












Total Distance 12.32 mi (19.83 km)
Total Steps 33,960
Calories burned 1456.9

Tomorrow is the last day of the show and I'm looking forward to getting back home to my family.  I'll be blogging my last moments here in Los Angeles tomorrow.  See you then...


Allen

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