Today has been a long day. The language design team is getting ready to release a draft of the language specification the the ECMA technical group. The TG5 meetings for ECMA start in just under a month. It’s very exciting, and the countdown is leading to a lot of last minute work. Look forward to seeing the early draft of the language specification on the Visual C++ dev center soon.

Anyways, someone forwarded a link around to an InfoWorld article talking about Visual C++. His takeaways from my presentation resonated with a number of other people I met at PDC. There is so much to look forward to from Whidbey, I’m just glad that the Visual C++ message is memorable enough weeks after PDC. We really do love smart developers, and we’re working hard to support them.

For tomorrow, I am working on a history and rationale for the design of handles in the language. A handle is a new declarator we are adding, the caret (^), which implies garbage collection. It is the reason the slogan on the bright yellow shirt passed out at the PDC is:

      Can you handle ^ C++?