Shalom from Tel Aviv


I am here in Tel Aviv with some of the members of my team as part of the Visual C++ Accelerator Tour. We are showing off some of the essential new features of Visual C++ 2005 that are coming your way later this year. I was personally tapped to speak about the IDE (obviously!) in the form of a demo. I focused on how the IDE can help you be more productive than ever before, whether during editing, building or debugging. I should add that this event is my first speaking opportunity with Microsoft and I have two words to sum up the experience so far: wow and daunting. The attendance for our first day of talks and demos was over 1000 people. While I am happy to see that Israel continues to have such a thriving software (and hardware) development community, it sure made my task quite a bit more unnerving. I kept trying to channel some of my older brother, who got all the public speaking genes in the family. I hope people felt that my demo was useful, that my performance was adequate and that all the Visual C++ 6.0 users in the audience finally felt that 2005 was the right year for them to switch. The amount of questions we all got was unbelievable and I hope the small number of answers I was able to give were satisfactory. On the other hand, there were also plenty of *great* suggestions for the IDE and I fully intend to bring that feedback back to Redmond as we start planning our post-2005 release(s). I think the best part of the event is how easily we interacted with everyone and how I genuinely felt that the audience was excited to talk to members of the product team.


We’ve got another full day of activities today: we are going to hold a Porting Lab for some local customers. The name “Porting Lab” is actually a bit of a misnomer as all you systems gurus out there would no doubt point out. Indeed, the main goal of the lab is to migrate codebases from Visual C++ 6.0, 7.0, or 7.1 to Visual C++ 2005. Although I would add that some people want help moving to 64 bit and that can be considered porting 😉


On a lighter note, it feels great to be back in Israel after 11 years 🙂 Our team even made a short trip to Jerusalem on Sunday and I thought it was interesting to see how different the visit can be when looking from a non-Jewish perspective. There are some things I would have liked to re-visit now that I am a little older but it simply means I won’t wait as long for my next visit.


I’d like to add a heartfelt Thank You to Yosi and מיכל who have helped tremendously to set up the whole event.

Comments (7)

  1. Shmuel Baron says:

    Hey Boris, it’s me the guy who bugged you and Brandon at the end :). Just wanted to say it was great having you here, the presentations and talks were great. I love to see that Microsoft is taking their customers’ opinions and requests in such a high regard. I also would like to thank you for your patience.

  2. borisj says:

    Hey Schmuel,

    I can honestly tell you that it was at least as valuable to me and the team as it was for you. I’m glad that you were able to get something out of the presentations and our interactions.

    Cheers,

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