On Friday afternoon, Gates will give a keynote at the venerable Association for Computing Machinery's 17th annual Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) conference in Seattle. During his keynote, Gates plans to announce the road map for the Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Visual C++ .NET programming languages, and will also demonstrate a new test-prioritization system that can help development teams locate, prioritize and address product vulnerabilities.
For C++ adherents, the big news is a new version of Visual C++ .NET "that will be 98 percent conformant to the public International Organization for Standardization (ISO) C++ standard." That means Windows developers, for the first time, will be able to use advanced ISO-defined C++ language features while also compiling and using modern C++ libraries.
New features in the next version of Visual C++ will also include performance improvements for floating point operations, increased productivity for Windows Form-based development, and improved security.
Gates will also propose specifications for new features in C#, including "generics," a feature which would give C# developers the ability to create modern business frameworks using a language construct similar to that used in C++. Other proposals include anonymous methods, iterators and partial types.
Also, in an effort to help developers secure their code, Gates will unveil the new test-prioritization system, code-named "Scout." Scout, an internal tool developed by Microsoft Research, allows development teams to track in-process testing, prevent defects from entering the system through early detection, and shorten the repair process.
Finally, Gates plans to demonstrate new programmability features for the Microsoft Tablet PC.