Thursday, April 17, 2003

'you know the world's gone mad when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the USA of arrogance and the Germans don't want to go to war.'
Chris Rock
(break from 1st installment of Life Lesson #20 - the next session is coming soon.)

Okay, this was so damn cool I had to share :-D . Yesterday, at 5:00, Stanley Lippman gave a techtalk about the problems with version 1 of Visual C++.NET and the differences between that and the second version ... I guess you could call it Service Pack #1 :-p ... or at least that's what he said :-D
Anyway, if y'all didn't know, he's written a ton of books on C++, and a few on C#, and has worked on several C++ compilers, including THE VERY FIRST ONE with Bjarne Stroustrup. Anyway, we got to meet him, and he also gave another talk this morning at 11:00am. It ruled. I learned a ton of information directly applicable to my own languages, which is always nice, because I feel like a blind man trying to place in a dance competition ! You get sorta self-conscious after awhile, cuz it almost always seems like everyone else has more information than you . So I stayed afterwards and got invited to go to lunch with him, Ted, Mr Mercer, Professor Collberg, and another student, by Professor Downey and we got to talk about quite a number of things ... it freakin' ruled! (And I got a book signed by Lippman :-D )
I feel alot better about some of the things I'm doing to start out with on C ' , since it seems that the guys who originally worked on C++ actually did some of their tests the same way I am with a rough Cprime-to-C translator, so gung-ho !