More JavaScript discussion on Ajaxian

Re: my earlier post on the future of JavaScript, there is another interesting item today on Ajaxian: ECMAScript Edition 4: Brendan Speaks Out. –Scott


The Future of JavaScript

Gabriele Renzi has a good post on the future of JavaScript:  “ECMAScript 4, the fourth system syndrome”.  The concept of a “fourth system syndrome” is a good one, particularly so for programming languages.  For mature programming languages, thoughtful evolution is the rule.  A revolution is best done with an entirely new language, as this serves two…


F# Press Coverage

Soma blogged earlier announcing our intent to productize F#, and we are seeing some press coverage of this: Ars Technica: Microsoft to push functional programming into the mainstream with F# by Ryan Paul BetaNews: Experimental ‘Functional’ Language Emerges from Microsoft Research by Scott M Fulton Dr Dobb’s Journal: F# To Get VS Integration eWeek: Programming Superstars…


Second Life .NET User Group

Funny thing.  As soon as I blogged about Second Life at OOPSLA, I happened across the Second Life .NET User Group!  Saturday at noon is a difficult time for me, but I’ll have to give this a try at some point. –Scott


Second Life at OOPSLA

There was an interesting session at OOPSLA yesterday called “Second Life: The World’s Biggest Programming Environment” by Jim Purbrick and Mark Lentczner, that covered two main topics. The first part of the talk was mainly about the popularity of LSL (15% of Second Life users write scripts!), and the effort to move LSL to .NET…


Working with MSR Cambridge

I’ve been traveling for the last week or so, first to Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England and then to OOPSLA in Montreal. We have top-notch languages researchers in MSR Cambridge, and this was a good trip to build a deeper relationship with them.  Our Redmond contingent consisted of me, Anders Hejlsberg (C#), Mads Torgersen (C#), Paul Vick…


Unified Communications for Developers

In sync with the release of unified communications products, Bill Gates published a well-written piece today on Software-Powered Communications.  The primary focus of this software is Information Workers, it is also interesting to think about the trends and software as they potentially apply to developers as well.  In some sense, developers are information workers, just…


New Position for Me

I recently switched from managing a large group (VB, VC#, VC++, and Phoenix product units) to working in a staff role for Jason Zander, who is managing a larger group that includes the product units I previously mentioned plus a number of others that Jason mentions in his post.  In my new role, I am…


Signed C# Book

I got a nice email on Friday from Tudor Vlad, who was very happy to receive a copy of C# Programming Language signed by both Anders and me.  Check out his post on the same topic, including a picture of the title page! We have signed a lot of copies of C# Programming Language.  Every…