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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
CodeCast Episode 106: C# and Delphi Community with Charlie Calvert

In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy interviews Charlie Calvert who discusses his past at Borland working on Delphi and at Microsoft working on C#. Topics include Charlie’s career history, communities, book authoring, and developer education. Charlie is currently a professor teaching C# at the Bellevue Community College in Washington, and has authored and co-authored many developer books over the past 15 years. Originally trained as an English major, Charlie worked as a journalist and college English teacher before turning to the world of computers.


·         Charlie Calvert -

Length: 01:06:00

Direct download: CodeCast_106.mp3 - Size: 60MB


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Categories: C#, Visual Basic, Visual FoxPro, Delphi, Agile Development

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
CodeCast Episode 94: PDC 2010 Summary - Silverlight, Azure, Async for C#/VB

In this episode of CodeCast, co-hosts Gary Short and Markus Egger discuss news and announcements from PDC 2010, including the changes in strategy for future versions of Silverlight, Azure, and the announcement of the new Async programming features coming in the next versions of the C# and VB languages.


·         Silverlight and PDC message from Microsoft



Length: 55:23

Direct download: CodeCast_094.mp3 - Size: 51MB


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Categories: PDC, Silverlight, Azure, C#, Visual Basic, Async

Friday, July 17, 2009
CodeCast Episode 32: Roadmap for VB, C#, and F# with Luca Bolognese

In this episode of CodeCast, co-hosts Ken Levy, Markus Egger, and Gary Short discussing Kindle and Sony eBook readers, upcoming  Microsoft Zune HD, Visual Studio 2010 beta. Then in the guest interview, Ken interviews Luca Bolognese who is the group program manager at Microsoft on the Visual Studio languages team. Luca talks about the roadmap for and co-evolution of VB, C#, and F# languages beyond Visual Studio 2010.


·         Luca Bolognese- (@ 22:32) – Blog:


·         Channel 9: Luca Bolognese: C# and VB.NET Co-Evolution - The Twain Shall Meet

Length: 54:02

Direct download: CodeCast_032.mp3 - Size: 49MB


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Categories: C# 4, C#, Zune, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio, Visual Basic, F#, Sony Reader, Kindle

Thursday, July 09, 2009
CodeCast Episode 30: CodeRush Xpress with Gary Short

In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy interviews Gary Short on the new CodeRush Xpress for C# and VB, a new free light version of CodeRush by DevExpress. CodeRush Xpress is available for Visual Studio 2008 including many editor, productivity, and refactoring features from the full version of CodeRush, with a new version being worked on for future release supporting Visual Studio 2010.


·         Gary Short – Blog:, Twitter:


·         CodeRush Xpress –

Length: 31:15

Direct download: CodeCast_030.mp3 - Size: 29MB


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Categories: , C#, DevExpress, DXCore, CodeRush, Visual Studio

Thursday, July 02, 2009
CodeCast Episode 29: Dynamic Language Features in C# 4.0 with Alexandru Ghiondea

In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy interviews Alexandru Ghiondea who is a QA test engineer on the C# compiler team focused on the area of new dynamic language features in C# 4.0 (Visual Studio 2010). Alexandru discusses how the new dynamic features in C# 4.0 relates to dynamic features of VB, how C# 4.0 will improve areas such as COM programming support (dynamic methods, late binding of COM, etc)., and how C# 4.0 is improved interop with dynamic languages like IronPython and IronRuby,


·         Blog:


·         C# Developer Center:

Length: 18:29

Direct download: CodeCast_029.mp3 - Size: 17MB


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Categories: C# 4, C#, Dynamic Languages, Languages, IronPython, IronRuby, Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2010

Thursday, June 25, 2009
CodeCast Episode 28: Adding Features to C# and VB Compilers with Sam Ng

In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy interviews Sam Ng who is a developer on the C# compiler team at Microsoft, discussing processes for adding new features to the C# compiler and language, including new features coming in Visual Studio 2010.


·         Sam Ng – Blog:


·         Channel 9: Inside C# 4.0: dynamic typing, optional parameters, covariance and contravariance

Length: 30:38

Direct download: CodeCast_028.mp3 - Size: 28MB


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Categories: Languages, C#, Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2010, Channel 9

Thursday, June 04, 2009
CodeCast Episode 25: Advanced .NET Programming with Eric Lippert

In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy interviews Eric Lippert who is a senior software design engineer at Microsoft. Eric has been working at Microsoft on developer tools and languages since 1996, and has assisted with the design and implementation of VBScript, JScript, JScript .NET, Windows Script Host, Visual Studio Tools for Office and C#.

Some of the many questions and topics Eric discusses include: What forces influence language designers when (1) choosing what features go into a language and (2) deciding how those features are exposed to the user? Why is LINQ syntax structured they way it is relative to standard SQL? How does the C# compiler functionality reflect how C# programming is thought of and designed? What process does Microsoft use in general to decide what goes into the next major release of the languages?


·         Eric Lippert – Blog:


·         Eric Lippert on Channel 9


Direct download: CodeCast_025.mp3 - Size: 40MB


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Categories: Languages, LINQ, SQL Server, C#, Channel 9

Thursday, May 14, 2009
CodeCast Episode 22: F# with Chris Smith

In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy interviews Chris Smith from Microsoft’s F# language team on F#, functional programming, his new F# book, F# for VS 2008, upcoming F# inclusion in VS 2010, and why F# is useful to C# and VB developers.


·         Chris Smith – Blog:, Twitter:


·         Programming F# by Chris Smith

·         F# Developer Center –

Length: 28:21

Direct download: CodeCast_022.mp3 - Size: 26MB


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Categories: Languages, C#, F#, Visual Basic, Visual Studio

Thursday, April 23, 2009
CodeCast Episode 18: IronPython and Dynamic Languages with Harry Pierson

This episode includes Ken Levy interviewing Microsoft’s IronPython program manager Harry Pierson, a part 2 from CodeCast #13. This is an extended in depth discussion with Harry giving examples of how dynamic languages are useful to any VB or C# developer, and how the next version of VS (version 2010) will include new features for integrating dynamic language programming within a VB or C# project.


·         Harry Pierson – Blog:, Twitter:


·         IronPython Blog – (includes DLR resource and download links)

·         IronPython Studio -

·         CODE Magazine article – Introducing IronPython by Harry Pierson

Length: 37:37

Direct download: CodeCast_018.mp3 - Size: 34MB


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Categories: IronPython, Dynamic Languages, C#, Visual Basic

Thursday, November 06, 2008
CodeCast Episode 3: PDC, C#, IE8, and Surface

In this third CodeCast show, hosts Ken Levy and Markus Egger discuss a quick final summary of PDC 2008, then introduce a series of interviews with folks from Microsoft interviewed at PDC:

The exit music is from Rick Strahl's band Anti-Trust, song is No Privacy -

Length: 42:24

Direct download: CodeCast_003.mp3 - Size: 39MB


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Categories: C#, PDC, Internet Explorer, Surface, PDC 2008, Events

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