PDC is just around the corner…
Posted by Brian on October 26, 2010
For those of you attending Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference, I hope you’ll stop by the F# “Ask the Experts” table at lunchtime on Thursday or Friday to say hello and ask some interesting questions about F#! For those of you who won’t be in Redmond this week, all of the PDC content can be watched live online (or recorded afterwards), so there’s no reason for you to miss out on all the great talks.
Don’s F# talk entitled “The Future of F#: Data and Services at your Finger Tips” is scheduled during the final timeslot on Friday afternoon, so of course readers of this blog will want to check that out. Windows Phone 7 will be another hot topic at PDC; I have been trying really hard to get my hands on a phone, so that I can show off some F# apps running on the phone at the Experts table, but so far I’ve only met dead ends. I’ve still got another 36 hours or so, and I haven’t given up on that yet.
Regarding general F# news… I recently saw F# get some love on HackerNews, and PDC will be sure to generate some more F# buzz this week. And I think perhaps there’s some more F# news in store soon after PDC as well. So now is a good time to have your finger on the pulse of the F# community; Planet F# or Rick Minerich’s blog are good ways to keep up with the F# highlights. On the other hand, if you’re relatively new to the world of F#, you might prefer reading Getting started with F#.
In completely unrelated news, I recently posted an answer to Best explanation for Languages without Null on StackOverflow that has easily become my highest-upvoted-answer ever. Undoubtedly the large bounty on the question helped attract eyeballs… regardless of why, I’m pleased that my thoughts on this topic garnered so much attention. (It makes up at least a tiny bit for my lack of substantive blogging of late; this is my fifth post in a row that’s light on code or novel ideas. I hope to have some meatier/code-ful topics to blog about soon.)
Enough rambling for now – enjoy PDC this week!