Community Convergence in a nutshell: The March CTP for Visual Studio, creating Art with LINQ, videos showing how to write LINQ to SQL, interviews with core members of the Microsoft C# team, and much more! Read on to learn all.
Welcome to the twenty-second Community Convergence, the March CTP issue. I'm Charlie Calvert, the C# Community PM, and this is where I publish information about the C# community and the C# development team.
The big news is the release of the March CTP. If you haven't done so already, be sure to download and install a copy of this relatively stable and remarkably innovative product. There is also a video available which describes many of the new features found in this CTP. More information on CTP's is available at the end of this post.
What's New from the C# Team
All the links in this section are to articles or videos by members of the core C# team that creates the compiler, the IDE and LINQ. The videos feature either interviews with key team members, or depictions of writing LINQ to SQL database code in Visual Studio Orcas.
Figure 01: LINQ Art! A Portrait of Wes Dyer as a Hotshot LINQ Developer!
- A video of the members of the PM team who are driving the core C# features in Visual Studio Orcas. Included in the video are Karen Liu, Luca Bolognese, Dinesh Kulkarni, and Mads Torgersen.
- Wes Dyer, a developer on the C# team, has written a wonderful program showing the unexpected things you can do with LINQ, including creating original art!
- Wes Dyer on writing code that just works.
- Luca Bolognese's great short post entitled "Which Type Should I Use in C# to Represent Numbers?"
- I made a video showing the basics of LINQ to SQL. There are no talking heads in this video, just shots of me writing code in the Orcas CTP.
- A post that describes in some depth the material covered in the Basics of LINQ to SQL video.
- Two videos of Visual Studio that focus on LINQ to SQL Joins and One-to-Many Relationships
- I've written a post on Joins and One to Many Relationships with LINQ. This post is designed to accompany the video on on the same topic.
- My interview with Anders Hejlsberg is still available.
Figure 02: Nothing but Code! Three of the four videos I contributed this week show how to write LINQ to SQL programs in Visual Studio Orcas.
What's New in C#
- Scott Guthrie on URL Rewriting.
- Chuck Jazdzewski writes a follow up to his excellent post entitled "Fatherly Advice to New Programmers."
- The sage of Microsoft, aka as Chuck Jazdzewski, writes on best practices for answering questions in Forums.
More on CTP's
A CTP is a Community Tech Preview. Orcas is the next release of Visual Studio. Each release of Orcas is designed to keep you up to date with the progress being made towards the next release of Visual Studio. A beta is designed to reach a certain quality bar, while a CTP is simply designed to preview up coming technology. Nevertheless, the current CTP is remarkably stable.
The March CTP is an important release of Orcas because it contains a fairly stable release of LINQ to SQL. LINQ is designed to introduce querying as a first class citizen in the C# language. LINQ to SQL provides the ability to query relational databases, while LINQ to XML gives developers the ability to query XML. A third technology, LINQ to Objects, provides an API for querying data of various kinds residing inside a C# program.