Presentation: Herding Nulls and Other C# Stories From the Future

Track: 21st Century Languages

Location: Pacific DEKJ

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Monday

Level: Intermediate

Persona: Backend Developer, Chaos/Resiliency/SRE

Abstract

C# is evolving at a rather vigorous pace, aiming for new levels of expressiveness on many fronts. Let’s plant our feet firmly in the air for a bit and look at some of the places we think it’s headed: Finally reining in those pesky nulls, fighting back on callback hell for asynchronous streams, the extension of everything, and so on. Likely honorable mention of pattern matching, type classes, discriminated unions and exploding heads. You don’t have to be caught up on C# to follow.

Interview

Question: 
What’s the motivation for this talk?
Answer: 

To share future thinking of a fast-moving major programming language.

Question: 
What do you hope someone will leave this talk with?
Answer: 

Curiosity and inspiration! If folks leave the talk interested in trying C#, or feeling extra good about already using it, then great! But mostly I just hope people enjoy a good language design geekout.

Question: 
How do you describe the persona and level of the target audience?
Answer: 

Developers and coders who like thinking about better ways of doing things.

Speaker: Mads Torgersen

Chief Language Designer of C# & Contributor to TypeScript, Visual Basic, Roslyn, LINQ

Mads leads the C# language design process at Microsoft, where he has been involved in five versions of C#, and also contributed to TypeScript, Visual Basic, Roslyn and LINQ. Before he joined Microsoft a decade ago, he worked as a university professor in Aarhus, Denmark, doing research into programming language design and contributing to Java generics.

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