Don Box is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and has a rich history in the general purpose programming world. You remember SOAP, right? Don was one of the Gang of Four who designed SOAP. Don was also instrumental in the design and implementation of WCF.
Don is currently building a new model-based data programming platform, code-named Oslo, along with a new language for describing data, M.
Erik Meijer, programming language and library designer, chats with Don about the history of SOAP, model-based programming, data and M.
Don will be at PDC09 and in addition to giving his usual stellar performance as a session speaker, he will be part of the Future of Programming panel (a view into Microsoft's perspective on trends and possibilities for general purpose programming in the age of many-core and cloud computing).