# Thursday, 29 November 2007
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Yesterday evening I and several colleagues attended the MSDN evening about Visual Studio 2008. It was most of the time an introduction of the possibilities of the new IDE and there was a whole lot of talk about the enhancements to the C# language. Not that I mind because that's also my language of choice. Especially the principle of extension methods look great and very interesting. Too bad however that the new enhancements of VB.NET weren't shown as that's also a language that's used very often. My current project (winforms, .NET 2.0, NHibernate, SQL Server 2005) also is created with VB.NET.

Most of the stuff that they showed, enhancements for web developers, great integration of tools for CSS that I already used with Expression Web, I already knew off. The thing that I didn't saw before is the cool VSTO ribbon designer. No more crafting with custom xml files anymore, just design. Cool. I guess several of my colleagues, that are mainly using VSTO, were glad when they saw this.

Afterwards we all had a drink and it was nice to see some familiar faces again that I haven't seen for a long time. One of the reasons why I like to go to these evenings/events is the social aspect. According to some people I'm a walking Facebook application myself.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 01 December 2007 13:14:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Too bad I could not make it in the end :'(
Saturday, 01 December 2007 22:25:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
You doubtless know a lot more about this stuff than I do, but there is always so much for all of to learn. The social aspect is important because it keeps us grounded and makes us remember that as programmers we are trying to solve practical problems for people, not just write code for the sake of writing code. Glad to see that you enjoyed the night.
Sunday, 02 December 2007 10:53:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hi Gabriël,

indeed to bad you couldn't make it. But maybe next time and otherwise at the Visug dinner on december 21st.

Grz, Kris.
Sunday, 02 December 2007 10:59:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hi Sam,

you're absolutely right about that. Personally I like this quote from Mahatma Gandhi:

"Live as you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever".

Grz, Kris.
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