Big Changes Are Coming!

Executive Editor's//Comment

Big Changes Are Coming!

By Sheila Molnar

Change is in the wind. Developers are anticipating what Steve Ballmer has called "the most phenomenal year we've ever had for new technology releases." The big fall developer conferences are coming: first DevConnections November 9 12 and then Microsoft's PDC November 17 20. Attendees will have an opportunity to pick up fresh information on current technologies from the speakers (many of whom write for asp.netPRO), plus you'll hear about what's coming down the pike as Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 approach their ship dates. We're already hearing that major announcements will be made that will affect developers. Watch this space!

At asp.netPRO magazine we're lining up our subject matter experts to bring you great Visual Studio and .NET Framework content in our fall magazines. Look for coverage of Silverlight, AJAX, WCF, the Entity Framework, and much more! We'll be your guide to what promises to be a year where those arrows on those elegant graphs you create will actually be trending up.

According to a Gartner press release, IT organizations need to prepare for a return to business growth before the recession ends. The time is now to start planning for projects in 2010 and fiscal 2011. We'll help you get ready to ride those arrows back up to a boom economy by tracking the trends in areas such as mobile, Microsoft's Azure Services Platform, and the latest web media advancements.

Come by our booth at the DevConnections conference and tell us what you want to see in the magazine and on our websites. Let us know in person how you feel about the changes coming in 2010; your feedback helps us provide you with the content you want. It's a virtuous loop.

For example, we had some interesting responses from the developers who took the July Instant Poll on our site. We asked how you planned to use Visual Studio 2010. Many of you told us that you're planning use Azure tools and move to parallel programming. But interestingly, the greatest number of respondents to a single choice said you wanted to try programming with Iron Python, Iron Ruby, or F# in addition to C#, Visual Basic, or C++. So look for expanded language coverage and more articles on interoperability.

If you haven't been to the website in a while, I encourage you to check it out. I know it hasn't exactly been an optimal experience, unless you've been partying on it like it's 1999. We've improved the functionality with a new DotNetNuke back end. We're very happy to be offering you the type of interactive social media experience that you've been offering your customers. We welcome your contributions and comments on the site. I'd like to reprint some of them in the magazine, so please go to our articles and blogs and let us know what you think.

Speaking of social media —asp.netPRO is on Facebook now. Check out a day in the life here at aspnetPRO. You can actually do something good for your career while you're facebooking around become a fan at

In addition to the changes on our website, we're planning some changes in our print magazine that we'll be unveiling later in the fall. We're looking forward to sharing them with you and getting your feedback and opinions quickly through our websites. You can also drop me a line at [email protected].

Sheila Molnar ([email protected]) is executive editor for asp.netPRO.

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