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Episode 19: Looking into the C# Crystal Ball with Charlie Calvert and Bill Wagner

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One of the most exciting announcements from PDC was the news about C# 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. With all the excitement and discussion throughout the event about these new developer tools, we reached out to two experts in the fields. Charlie Calvert and Bill Wagner sat down with Keith and Woody to answer some questions and discussed their new books on LINQ and C# . We also have a short talk with Jason McConnell of the Surface team.

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Charlie Calvert is the Community Program Manager for the Microsoft C# team. Working on outreach and bridge building to both external and internal teams through the web and live events, Charlie focuses his technical energies on LINQ. He has a degree in Journalism and Computer Science from the Evergreen State College. The author of ten technical books which have sold well over 100,000 copies, Charlie currently lives in the Seattle area where he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing in the mountains.

Charlie’s blog is


Bill Wagner, co-founder of SRT Solutions, has developed commercial software for the past twenty years, leading the design on many successful engineering and enterprise Microsoft Windows products. He now spends his time facilitating .NET adoption in clients’ product and enterprise development. Bill’s principal strengths include the C# language, the core framework, Smart Clients, and Service Oriented Architecture and design. ? In 2003, Microsoft recognized Bill’s expertise and appointed him Regional Director for Michigan. In 2005, he was re-appointed and also awarded Microsoft C# Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status. A frequent speaker and internationally recognized author, Bill has been a contributing editor, editorial board member and columnist for over a decade. Addison Wesley released his latest book, Effective C#, in 2004. He is a founding member of the Great Lakes .NET User Group and the Ann Arbor .NET Developers Group and actively contributes to the Ann Arbor Computer Society.

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Jason McConnell is a Surface Product Marketing Manager. He joined Microsoft Corporation in March of 2005 having spent 5 years with Microsoft Australia where he had been a community Developer Evangelist, ISV Developer Evangelist and Technology Specialist. He graduated from Monash University in 1995 and has held positions in the financial industry and the IT services industry prior to joining Microsoft. He enjoys seeing innovative software solutions change the way people work and live – for the better. He loves reading, music, good food, good wine and the company of good friends.

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