Community Convergence XXI

Welcome to the twenty-first Community Convergence. I'm Charlie Calvert, the C# Community PM, and this is where I publish information about the C# community and the C# development team.

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A week ago I had the opportunity to travel to Cairo, Egypt and give a talk at the great MDC 2007 conference. This was the first time I had been to Cairo, and I found it to be a great experience.

Figure 1: The Sphinx with one of the pyramids in the background.

The attendees at the conference were wonderful. They were full of enthusiasm for Visual Studio, and I found them to be, without exception, warm and friendly. While at the conference, I bumped into my old friend Chad Hower from the glory days at Borland. Chad, aka as Kudzu, was a key player in the development of Indie Delphi components, and he was also a key driver behind IntraWeb and ATOZED

Cairo is, of course, famous for its pyramids. This ancient city also has a wonderful Coptic section where you can find ancient Christian churches. And of course the city is famous for its many spectacular mosques. We saw the famous Mohammed Ali mosque, and also the Rifa'i and Sultan Hassan Mosques.

Comments (5)

  1. An Egyptian.. says:

    I was one of your attendees.

    Thank you so much for your sweet words about us and about Egypt.

    Really we were so happy to meet you and all the speakers. All of you were so kind, friendly and helpful. Please let us know whenever you come to Cairo again for any conference, to be able to attend to you again.

  2. Adel says:

    Glad that you enjoyed your visit to Cairo.. and hope to see you next year.


    Cairo, Egypt

  3. James Martin says:

    Just watched the Anders wmv. You are lucky to have such an indivdual to learn from.  Here is an insight.  While functional programming is all well and good for those who create programming languages and operating systems, how are we, mere humans, to follow suit in our imperative business world.  Our business needs are imperative, and our superiors are imperative.  I like where this whole dot net thing is going, as a programmer, but in order for Microsoft’s vision to become reality in the real world, you will need to further instruct us on how to really think in terms of objects and generic functions passed as variables to higher level constructs, and how the new layer will alleviate our concerns about how things are done.  When I write a line of code I want you to know what I meant, but I also want to be sure that you know what I meant, if you know what I mean.  Also, I like Anders own admission he doesn’t yet know how he is going to bloat a multi core cpu.  I guess Intel threw a curve ball this time, but I know he will figure it out…JCM

  4. Hi, I am new to this community of C#… I am using ASP.Net for one of the application in my org… client want to have Export to excel feature where he can see all the tables and charts linked… please suggest some good ways of doing the same without using any third party controls…

    Thanks in advance


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