TechEd Video: Future Directions for Visual Basic, by Anders Hejlsberg and Jonathan Aneja

TechEd Video: Future Directions for Visual Basic, by Anders Hejlsberg and Jonathan Aneja

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As part of the new VB/C# co-evolution strategy, Visual Studio Technical Fellow Anders Hejlsberg has broadened his role. In addition to being Chief Architect for C#, he now sets the direction for both the VB.NET and C# languages.

At TechEd, Anders participated in both the VB.NET and C# language presentations. In watching these sessions, you can see that the future trends and directions for the VB.NET and C# languages are now the same.

TechEd NA 2009 Session Video: "Future Directions for Visual Basic" by Anders Hejlsberg and Jonathan Aneja

In this talk, we discuss the future direction of the Visual Basic language both in the near and long term. Exciting features from the next release are demonstrated and discussed, including extensions to LINQ support, syntax simplifications, and improvements to the IDE. Larger trends that are likely to deeply influence the direction of the language are also covered, including dynamic binding, meta-programming, and scripting. Finally, we discuss how all these tie together into the roadmap for Visual Basic going forward.

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The C# TechEd US video is not publicly available. For the corresponding C# presentation, please watch the following from PDC:

PDC 2008 Session Video: "The Future of C#" by Anders Hejlsberg

In this talk Microsoft Technical fellow and C# Chief Architect Anders Hejlsberg outlines the future of C#. He describes the many forces that influence and shape the future of programming languages and explain how they fit into C#. 

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  • I'd like to see Microsoft promote VB more than C# so that business treat VB & C# equally.  With Microsoft promoting C# so much more, more businesses think of C# as a language for professional developers & a big chunk of software contracts require C#.

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  • They should rename VB to V# . There are a lot of people out there who think visual basic is inferior to C#.

  • Looks like good while VB win features from c#.

    VB team ate VFP, and we want that special food produce more very big and exited features.

    I agree with John, we want to see more vb advance examples, webcasts, MSDN events, virtual events.

  • I'm with John Doe.  The main problem with VB is what the B stands for.  It's an image problem.  Rename it V# and it'll sound new and trendy.  VS 2010 would be a good time to make this change.  :)

  • V#, hmmmn, As a VB lover, I like how that sounds. Thanks John Doe.

    And I also agree with KK, Franklin and others, Microsoft really should do much more to promote VB as they are with C# especially in the business community.  VB is cool! And VB and C# can co-exists!

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