I have just done a little bit of serious C# coding and thought I’d share some reactions.
Overall impression is pretty favourable. If you are only interested in developing for Windows desktops, it will be pretty hard to beat. For GUI construction, it’s all very VB like, without the VB funkiness.
The Visual Studio IDE is really nice. I’ve used Visual Studio in a past life (C++) and I found this version to be more forgiving. In the past, some things were very hard to undo. My PC did crash horribly twice while running it. This wasn’t a blue screen, just a whole load of vertical stripes, which was pretty jarring. I’m not sure if this is related or some hardware glitch developing. Have to wait and see on that.
C# is pretty easy for crusty Java programmers like myself to pickup. It’s full of syntactic sugar, as Matt would say. Let’s hope it doesn’t rot my programming teeth, so to speak. The libraries are unsuprisingly similar to the Java libraries. I was surprised, however, by the omission of a Set collection. Using a hashtable also had some oddities as it complained when I added the same key twice. Huh? You’ve got to use the  operator thing for that. Why not a Put method? No doubt a lot to do with my java mindset, but these little things made me feel that it somewhat immature. Alternatively, perhaps collections libraries are just degrading over time – we used to have MultiMaps in C++, after all.
The case conventions for methods, fields and properties don’t seem as consistent as Java. Might just be a case of getting used to that. It’s amazing low strongly those Java conventions have become ingrained, so much so that methods starting in upper case appear odd.
Anyway, I’ll keep playing with C# …