My first MSDN chat

Yesterday (Apr 27th, Indian time), I hosted my first chat on MSDN India Community Chats.

Title : Visual C++ 2005 – Language Enhancements

Description : Join this chat to know the goals behind C++/CLI, how it’s an improvement over the now-obsolete MC++ syntax, handles & pointers, the new managed array syntax, implicit boxing, templates, generics, deterministic destruction, STL.NET, IJW and higher interop performance.

I couldn’t use the Chat-Host application as it required a moderator to activate me as Chat-Host and unfortunately, two of the moderators were in Singapore for the Asian Region MVP summit and the third one was on the Bangalore highway, so I ended up using the browser chat interface for the chat. I enjoyed the experience and though fewer people turned up than normal (probably reflects how C++/CLI is not very popular in India), those that turned up were seriously interested in the new features for C++ coders.

Maybe I’d do one again in future, though I hope there’d be a moderator to activate me as Chat-Host – keeping track of questions was tough with the browser interface and the Chat-Host app has an easy-to-use interface for answering questions.

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