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Video on Automatic Properties
Be sure to view the two new videos that went up last Friday. These talks with Peter Hallam and Eric Lippert represent a chance to learn from two of the best minds on the C# development team.
In his video, Peter Hallam talks about a great new feature in Orcas called automatic properties. Peter was “present at the creation,” and has seen C# through from the time it was just a gleam in Anders’ eye to its present state. In an excellent section near the end of the video, Peter talks about using extension methods to enhance interfaces.
I’m also very excited about a video with C# wunderkind Eric Lippert. Eric gives an advanced talk about type inference in C#. It will be particularly interesting to LINQ developers. Eric is a natural teacher, and it is a joy to just sit back and bask in the flow of refined intelligence that emanates from him when he speaks.
What’s Hot in C# Blog World
- Eric Lippert has a post on his video.
- Scott Wiltamuth has a brief post pointing at recent article on Java and C#.
- I have a new post on LINQ called “Using Distinct and Avoiding Lambdas.”
- I also have a brief post focused on getting your copy of Visual Studio set up properly to use the new WPF and XAML samples.
- Troy Magennis posts on our video with Peter Hallam and mentions the material on automatic properties that is covered in the video.
- Scott Guthrie blogs about Iron Python for .NET.
- Charles Petzold continues to blog on XAML. His recent posts on the subject are here and here.
- Got Code Snippets Dot Net.
Orcas LINQ Bits Coming Soon
The Orcas December CTP will contain new LINQ bits. The team has been churning out daily builds filled with new LINQ content. Over the next weeks it will all come together in a CTP that will be released to the public. This will be the first major update to the LINQ bits since the May CTP. The first Orcas beta is not due until 2007.
- The big item in the news this week is that Borland has finally spun off its Developer Tools Division. The new company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Borland, is called CodeGear. Here is wishing them good luck and a long and prosperous life!
- Marco Cantu has one of the better posts on the new CodeGear company.
- Joel Spolsky has a wonderful first paragraph in a recent post.
- From the “Nobody Ever Got Fired for Choosing Microsoft Department”: IBM stands for I Blame Microsoft.
- Somebody’s wild guess about the top programming languages.