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Dec 19 2007   3:52PM GMT

Vick and Yuknewicz on VBX, meta programming and dynamic languages

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

VB team members Paul Vick and Paul Yuknewicz appeared on a Scott Hanselman podcast to talk about directions for Visual Basic. They talked about the popularity of the language, which still surpasses all others in Microsoft’s yearly developer survey.

Vick and Yuknewicz talked about VBX, the next rev, which should get going in earnest with the shipment of Visual Studio 2008. There has been much talk about VB returning to ‘dynamic roots’ in the version beyond that. Vick said he was talking with IronPython originator Jim Hugunin.

Hanselman probes for more on the dynamic side, as well as signs of what some call ‘meta programming.’

”If you look at some of the things we do in our language, ” responds Paul Vick, pointing particularly at declarative event handling, ”really that is just like meta programming that we’ve built into the compiler.”

”It would be great to open that up and let other people extend it and ship new libraries and do cool stuff like that,” he continued. So go to the podcast and prepare to do cool stuff!

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