If you missed this intriguing interview on Channel 9 with Erik Meijer and Dave Thomas you should definately check it out. Dave Thomas is the creator of IBM's VisualAge SmallTalk/Java as well as one of the original founders of Eclipse. He has some very interesting comments on programming especially around 26 minutes into the interview where he mentions "I think the things that Erik and the VB Team have done are really kick a$$ for VB users" [direct quote] in relation to LINQ and the new language features in Visual Basic 9.

Enjoy,
-B