Woke up late again, so I missed breakfast at the hotel and at
the show. While on our way to the PDC we saw a show being
shot a few blocks away from our hotel. The dude from McGiver
was on the set. The bus driver told us everything we wanted
to know about McGiver.
Pretty good talk from Jim on the internals of the CLR, I took
various notes on his talk that I will share later on the Mono
Someone asked about .NET on Unix and C# on Unix and Jim
pointed to the shared source non-commercial implementation
that Microsoft will be releasing and also mentioned Mono.
Various people approached me after the talk to ask more about
Mono. There was a lot of
interest on .NET for Unix.
I had lunch afterwards with various people interested in
alternate implementations of the CLI and C# afterwards (Sam
Ruby had lunch with us as well). It is always good to see Sam
again, a very pragmatic guy, and also enthusiastic about C#
and the CLI (he particularly likes the metadata).
In the late afternoon there was a large get together of people
in the "Ask the Experts" hall. This has to be one of the best
ideas of the show, basically there are various workgroups
organized in tables with the various topics about .NET. It is
easy to find the group you are interested in, and have a nice
talk with them.
I had a chance to meet Anders and enjoyed listening to the
answers he gave to the various questions that people asked
him. His comments were very interesting, as he shows
definetly a sign of good taste in language design. For
example, regarding the lack of exception checking in C# his
answer was along the lines of: none of the current approaches
really have proved to work or are too cumbersome. When we
find a good way of implementing that, we will.
Learned also that foreach (X i in SomeArray) is translated by
the C# compiler into for (X i = SomeArray.LowBoundary; i <=
SomeArray.UpperBoundary; i++), which turns out to be pretty
cool as it generates code that is as efficient as it can be.
I also ran into Dick Hardt which is a combination of a hacker
and a businessman. Passionate about technology, and also
interested in widening the use of Perl and Python in the
windows world. He introduced me to some of the programmers at
Active State and Ian who has been working on making Perl
expose .NET components and consume .NET components.
Don Box is a pretty cool dude. He is the only hacker I have
outside the GNOME world that uses the word "dude". His new
book is about .NET. A preview of the first two chapters of
the book were distributed at the show.
His new book is `a thousand times better written than the
Essential COM book'. It was pretty funny that he told us `The
Moniker section on the Essential COM book is the part I like
the least; That and the first chapter of Essential XML'. So
honest and so funny.
Don apparently loves Barcelona.
Jim Miller and David Stutz was extermely busy fielding a bunch
of questions on the CLR, C# and ECMA.
I was so tired and had so much wine, that I went back to the
hotel afterwards (and got to discuss the GPL, american
ideology and the war with Frank).