Hi –it’s been a while since I’ve written in my blog.  It’s been a pretty busy and “heads-down” summer for me (and the team), between working on our FY06 plans for migration, community engagement, and out-of-the box content.  We’ve also been getting ready for PDC, an upcoming event with our MVPs, and what’s that big event?  - oh yes, VS 2005 Launch!.   Somewhere in there I snuck in some vacation J  But I digress … 

 

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Several members of the VB team will be at PDC this week, and I wanted to share our plans and highlights with you.  I know many of you won’t be going to the conference (me included!), so to the extent we can, we’ll be posting our content, highlights, and announcements online too. 

 

 

Here’s what has me excited:

 

- VB 2005 (Codename “Whidbey) sessions – we’ve put together some sessions that reflect what we think is the best of the best the “Whidbey” product has to offer.  This includes how you can use features like My, the IDE streamlining, new controls, and RAD data access to be productive writing Windows, Web, Office, and Mobile apps.  We also hit a greater depth with the content so you can take the product to the next level in your development. 

- VB 2005 @ PDC Resource CD– we’re rolling up all the “Essential Content” (books, articles, samples, starter kits, add-ins like Refactor! for Visual Basic, select PDC HOLs and presentations, Case studies, and more) and will be handing it out on CDs to attendees.  I’m also happy to announce we’ll be posting it on a “PDC05” section of our dev center tomorrow (9/13) AM.  Check back often here starting tomorrow:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/pdc05/  

- VB Codename “Orcas” sessions – we will have some deep dive sessions on some of the future plans for the next product.  There are some killer features coming that build on VB 2005 and take it much further to be the ultimate productivity tool for business application developers.  Stay tuned for specifics.  And of course, this is our future thinking and it’s always subject to your feedback and related changes. 

- Special announcements – there are at least two big announcements the VB team will be making this week.  Stay tuned!  I’ll give you a hint, one if them is helping me write this entry ;)

 

 

Here are the team members attending PDC:

 

Joe Binder : Program Manager for My, RAD framework, and the Project system (also the man who planned our agenda at PDC this year)

Steve Lasker: Program Manager for RAD data design

Amanda Silver: Program Manager for Language/Compiler and other related areas

Paul Vick:  Technical Lead for Language/Compiler and other related areas

Patrick Darragh: Program Manager for ClickOnce and other related deployment areas

Jay Schmelzer: Lead Program Manager for VB 2005

Steven Lees: Group Program Manager for the VB PMs.

Jay Roxe: Senior Product Manager for VB

Brad McCabe: Content Strategist for VB and the VB Dev Center

Eric Gruber: Lead Tester for RAD data design

Abel Valadez: Developer for Language/Compiler and IDE areas

Alan Griver: Group Manager for VS Data, Fox, and other related RAD areas

Rob Copeland: Product Unit Manager for VB, Windows Forms, VS Data, Fox, and other related RAD areas

           

How to connect with the team:

 

Home base for all team members at PDC will be the Tools & Languages Track Lounge.  Make sure you trade contact info and get your own Resource CD. 

 

Also, we recommend you check out some of these talks done by team members and partners:

 

**Meet The VB Team**

Tuesday, Sept 13th  

6:30pm; Room - Tools/Language Track Lounge
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Thursday, Sept 15th  

6:30pm; Room - Tools/Language Track Lounge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Visual Basic: Future Directions in Language Innovation (TLN308)

Thursday, Sept 15th  

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM; Room 411

Speaker: Paul Vick

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Visual Basic: Under the Hood on Extending the 'My' Namespace (TLN414)

Thursday, Sept 15th  

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM; Room 501 ABC

Speaker: Joe Binder

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Tips & Tricks: Productivity Tips for the Visual Basic

2005 IDE (TLN12)

Friday, Sept 16th 

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM; Room 150/151 Hall E

Speaker: Jay Schmelzer

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Windows Forms: Occasionally Connected Smart Clients (PRS407)

Wednesday, Sept 14th 

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM; Room 408 AB

Speaker: Steve Lasker

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CLR: Leveraging Dynamic Language Features (TLN317)

Thursday, Sept 15th 

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM; Room 408 AB

Speaker: Erik Meijer

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The .NET Language Integrated Query Framework: An Overview (TLN306)

Wednesday, Sept 14th 

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM; Halls C & D (Petree Hall)

Speaker: Anders Hejsberg

 

 

And don’t forget, you should be able to find the best PDC content here by 9/13:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/pdc05/

 

I hope to be telling you more this week. 

 

Enjoy, and we hope to hear from you.

 

Paul