Good News and Sad News - Leaving Microsoft

The Good News You might have heard, Visual Studio 2010 is done, launched, and out the door! That’s right, after several short years F# version 1.0 is generally available! While it’s been alive and well in CTP form for many years, now you can go to the store and buy it. This doesn’t just mean…

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Back in Action!

I know it’s cliché to blog about blogging, but I’d like to take this opportunity to explain why there has been such a lull. In short, I’ve been busy. Finished Programming F# As you might have heard, I was working on a book. Well no more! The book is done and only undergoing minor technical…

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Deep Fried F#

Episode 24: Chatting about F# with Chris Smith and Dustin Campbell “Get your code on!” Being the international media sensation that I am, back at PDC Dustin Campbell and I recorded a podcast for Deep Fried Bytes. The podcast turned out awesome. Well, after I figured out how to talk into the mic. Some takeaways:…

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F# No Longer Vaporware

REDMOND, WA – Sadly, after nearly four years of stringing developers along with Microsoft’s longest touted non-product, F# was accidentally checked into the Visual Studio 2010 source tree Microsoft sources report. This mistake killed what would have been one of Microsoft’s most popular vaporware project by giving it an actual release date. The checkin was…

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PDC - Day 1

I’m writing this from the ‘big room’ in the LA Convention Center.If you don’t know, PDC is a HUGE conference Microsoft holds to introduce cutting edge technology and show developers the roadmap for Microsoft’s platforms. What that means for me, is that I’ve been talking about F# non-stop to anybody who will listen. Random Notes:…

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Due out Next Year – Programming F# by Chris Smith

I’d like to announce that for the past few months I’ve been secretly working on a book for O’Reilly titled Programming F#. My aim is to provide the one-stop-shop for learning the breadth of the F# language. A special thanks goes out to Nate LaMartina, a friend of mine at Mythic Entertainment for putting together…

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Shameless plug - we're hiring!

As Don and Brian have mentioned, we are working towards an April Update to the F# research release as well CTP this summer and eventually integrating into the next release of Visual Studio. Things are going great on the polishing/finalizing F# front, but truth be told we would like to add more features than we…

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Improving current approaches of testing

A while ago I said that a professional tester should split his or her time to testing the product and thinking about how to improve upon the current approaches for testing. Now that Orcas Beta1 is out the emphasis for many testers is on running and re-running all of there automated tests to ensure that…

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Back to the front lines!

So the past month I’ve been pretty busy.  The Indigo team has started a new Sprint and I have had the fortune of going on vacation.  I’ve done a lot of thinking about blog topics and things I would like to share with you, so hopefully August will be an interesting month for you.  But…

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How do I become a VP in five years and retire in 10?

Today was day two of the Microsoft Engineering Excellence and Trustworthy Computing Forum, which is a rather verbose way of saying an all-day conference for Microsoft employees to discuss changes in the field. I went to two sessions today, Communicating for Success and Why don’t more Vice Presidents come from Test?  Both talks were interesting, but…

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