Can you believe we are already talking Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0? It seems like some of us just started learning 2008. In fact, according to a Developer Guidance Council meeting today, hosted by our regional DE in Dallas, Texas, many are still learning 2005.
Go ahead and say it. I know you want to! “There are still people learning VS 6.0!”
However, if you like moving forward, MS has created a Tech Preview of the next environment. This is not Beta. It is pre-Beta. I learned about this through a casual search that landed me on Channel9. There was a reference to a series of videos under the label of “10-4”. The title comes by playing off the release year (2010) and framework numbers (4.0), while mixing in a little Bandit language off the airwaves (CB Radio).
The link I found was for number #14 in the series. The topic is on F# which I have not been paying enough attention to yet. I is a nice short 17 minute video introducing you and me to the syntax. It was all text driven but the idea interested me enough to look into episode #1. In the first episode, Microsoft introduces us to a process of downloading a VirtualPC image with all of the build pre-installed on top of Vista.
It is a pretty hefty download and I’ll probably have to wait overnight while expanding the images before I can move on to Episode #2 and get my hands dirty. Thanks Brian Keller for setting this all up for us back several months ago. I look forward to watching the other episodes this week.