Discoveries of the day

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Well, another day, more work done, more lessons learned, and some new and exciting discoveries and announcements made as well.

First of all, Soma announced on his blog today that F# is becoming an "official" .NET language, joining the ranks of languages like C#, VB, C++/CLI, JScript, IronRuby, IronPython, etc. If you're not familiar, F# is a functional language that started out in Microsoft Research as a project of Don Syme's. I think this is great news. And I'm thinking that perhaps I should give F# a try before I try Haskell or Erlang.

The other discovery of the day was the XSI ModTool from SoftImage, a free modeling tool that also has XNA integration. It sounds and looks like a pretty comprehensive tool (especially for "free") and I am excited to give this a try. You can find more information on XSI ModTool here: Enjoy!

Other than that, just more work. Working on some presentations for the upcoming trip to Tech Ed Developer in Barcelona, Spain, continuing to work on Transactional NTFS, programming other Windows Server 2008 enhancements like Wait Chain Traversal, etc. I'm also back to spending time doing game development with XNA. I spent quite a bit of time with Torque X which I'll talk about here and on Xna3Way in the coming week or so.

Fun, fun, fun :). Now back to work (so I can hurry up and get stuff done in order to spend time with the wife and son today (oh, my son, there's another post I have to make, he's SUCH a joy!)).


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