Today we had a seminar from Dave Lemphers, who is a Developer Evangelist from Microsoft in Melbourne.
He talked about upcoming stuff coming out of Microsoft, but the most memorable line of the talk from my perspective was when he was talking about Visual Studio 2005. He said "For those that don’t know, ASP.NET is our PHP-style technology". How the world has changed.
- .NET framework 2.0 has generics, like C++ or Java
- User interfaces for Longhorn will be done with a thing called Avalon, which is like Flash.
- They have a new source control system as part of their Team System, which will suck much less than Source Safe, and has a nice concept called "shelving" which is saving code to the server without checking it in.
- SQL Server 2005 is tuned for access from .NET and will be slower from ODBC, ADO etc.