Welcome to the thirteenth Community Convergence. New posts by team members, preparations for the December CTP, and the impending release of Whidbey Service Pack 1 top the news this week.
I should also mention that another public chat with the C# team is scheduled for December 12th. This one will be on LINQ to SQL, and it is scheduled for 1 PM Pacific time. I've published links to the Nov. 14 chat on the C# language, and Nov 28th chat on the C# IDE.
What's Hot in the C# World
- Our new Product Unit Manager (PUM), Mike Hopcroft, has started a blog.
- His first major post begins a series of articles on C#, embedded technologies, regular expressions, databases, web cams, and other subjects. This post describes how he uses the web to remotely control the temperature in his mountain cabin.
- Mike also has a post on a new feature in Visual Studio 2005 called Abstract Stub Generation.
- Eric Lippert has a new post on numbers.
- Peter Hallam points us to some interesting data on programmers and their habits.
- I have a new post on controlling Outlook 2007 using the Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO).
- Another new post I penned describes using the Group operator in LINQ. My series on LINQ now includes five posts.
- As mentioned above, we've published the transcripts from two recent public chats with key members of the C# team. The first chat is on the C# language, and the second on the C# IDE.
- I have a very brief post on INETA and C# User Groups.
- Omar Al Zabir, a developer from Bangladesh and the creator of the award winning site PageFlakes, has a post on his advanced tips and tricks for working with ASP.NET and Ajax.
- If you have never been to Omar's home site, you should definitely take the time to go there right now. He has replicated the interface for Windows 2000 using CSS and DHTML.
- Brennan Stehling has a post on MSBuild.
- Anyone interested in a little break from technical matters can read my post and view my pictures on a back country hike to Surprise Lake.
The December Orcas CTP will be released soon. This CTP will be a regular install, and will not ship inside a Virtual Machine. It will co-exist with Visual Studio 2005.
The main feature in the CTP will be the ability to work with LINQ. These will be the first new LINQ bits we have seen since the May CTP. The December CTP is a pre-beta release. The Orcas Beta is not expected until sometime in 2007.
The team is also near the release of Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005. Right now, I'm still exploring this issue, but I've heard that the order in which we install Service Pack 1 and the LINQ May CTP may be important. The reports I'm hearing at this time suggest that we should install the service pack first, and then the May CTP. I should have more information on this issue by the end of the week.