I was starting to think I had a good grasp on the technologies Microsoft was bringing out with Orcas, LINQ and the support for .Net 3.0 (hopefully) later this year. I declined in going to the MIX 07 conference figuring that there wouldn't be much in big annoucements other than WPF/e (er, Silverlight) and the big conference this year would be PDC. Oh how wrong I was. (PDC will still be hot!) They sure MIXed it up this year.
At the last PDC, they announced the core language features that are coming in Orcas a month before Whidbey (VS 2005) was released. Now they have completly jumped the shark and announced VBx (10) significantly before Orcas will release and before all of the VB 9 changes have come out in a beta.
If you are interested in checking out the new Bleeding edge, head on over to Joe Binder's post regarding developing Silverlight with VB (including links to the components you need to install in order to play with it) and Paul Vick's announcement about VBx.
In addition, they have annouced another O/R alternative called Jasper which will allow for direct binding of databases to UI's without requiring any compiled classes. They will dynamically create classes at runtime based on the database metadata and support the standard CRUD operations. Shyamaian Pather has posted an exceprt from the overview.
I was anticipating annoucements like this at PDC. Looks like my work is cut out for me quicker than I expected. I really need to finish up my work on the LINQ book now so that I can start considering the implications of these annoucements.
Crossposted from http://devauthority.com/blogs/jwooley/default.aspx