Dion wrote up comprehensive coverage of the conversation all of us at the Microsoft Technology Summit had with Jim and John. A few particularly interesting quotes came out of that session:
Jim: “Ten years ago if Sun had hired me to work on Jython, I would have been very excited about it.”
John: “I like writing in programming languages that make me happy, not in languages that make me angry.”
Jim: “Rather than debate dynamic versus static, millions of developers are happy doing dynamic languages. Let’s make them happy rather then keep telling them they’re doing the wrong thing.”
Jim: “I write half my code in Python and half my code in C# and I’m extremely happy with that.” You choose the right language for the job and for you.
I took a few pictures on my K750i:
Jim and John introducing themselves
Jim and John didn’t have an agenda; we put it together as a group.
John did a prototype Ruby editor with WPF using RubyCLR to drive WPF. He said it got really fun when he employed a bunch of metaprogramming tricks to make generating WPF wrangler in code easier.