Two DIKU talks by Harry Pierson, Microsoft

Two DIKU talks by Harry Pierson, Microsoft

Introduction by Fritz Henglein                   Harry Pierson live at DIKU on 10th Sep 09

Harry's presentations

Did you miss the two interesting talks given by Harry Pierson to an enthustiatic audience - or do you want to recollect their essence? You will find both presentations attached as pdf-files by clicking on the abstract tittles


Pumping Iron: Dynamic Languages on .NET (PDF 2,5 MB)

As is commonly known, Microsoft is developing IronPython and IronRuby, .NET implementations of the popular open-source programming languages Python and Ruby.

While it is clear that Microsoft wants to attract existing Python and Ruby developers to .NET, the role of IronPython and IronRuby for existing .NET developers is less clear. What value is there for a .NET developer in learning IronPython? What are the tradeoffs between IronRuby and a more traditional .NET language like C# or VB? Harry Pierson, new PM for IronPython, will discuss where dynamic . languages fit in the.NET developers toolbox.

Developing a language with the Dynamic Language Runtime (PDF 0,7MB)

From the start, Microsoft's Common Language Runtime (or CLR) was designed to support cross-language integration. In .NET Framework 4.0, Microsoft introduces the Dynamic Language Runtime (or DLR), a library that extends the CLR's cross-language support to dynamic languages. In this session, we'll take a look under the hood of the DLR to see what capabilities it provides for language developers.


Harry Pierson is a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio Languages team, primarily focused on IronPython. A ten year Microsoft veteran, Harry has worked all over the company from Microsoft Consulting Services and Architecture Evangelism in the field to being an architect in Microsoft IT. He been writing his blog DevHawk ( for just over six years and has written articles for MSDN and CoDe Magazines.

DIKU Talks is a series of colloquia on scientific topics related to computer science hosted by DIKU with the aim of presenting state-of-the-art as well as emerging science results to DIKU's staff as well as co-operation partners in industrial and research organisations.  The colloquia are open to all interessted parties and no prior registration is required unless specifically indicated.

Scientific host: Fritz Henglein (
Administrative host: Jette Møller (