# Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Today I was one of the people that stood on the "Ask the expert" booth at Techdays Belgium 2008. It was the first time I did this and I really enjoyed it. If Microsoft would ask me again I would be happy to help them out again on the next occasion. The fun thing was that I got to know a lot of new people, even at the booth itself. This is something I really enjoy, talk to people, get to know new people, interact and share ideas/views with them on technology.

I also got the chance to help people out with their particular questions just like I would on the ASP.NET forums but this way it's more direct of course because you're talking to the person right in front of you. I found it a bit strange though that one of the askers was creating ASP.NET applications for quite some time but didn't found out about the ASP.NET dedicated website. I showed the wealth of information that can be found over there and he really enjoyed seeing that and immediately wrote down the url. The most asked question however seemed to be this one: "When is the Entity Framework shipping date?". That was also the one we couldn't answer at our booth unfortunately.

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, 29 March 2007

Today I attended the second, actually third day if you include the pre-conference, and it was fun to see so many people I haven't seen in a long time.

The sessions I followed:

  • C# 3.0: Future directions in language innovation: a nice session on the new and upcoming code constructs in C#. Raj Paj showed the ways Microsoft changed the constructs in order to be able to have LINQ into the next version.
  • Real world customization of Windows Workflow Foundation: a session presented by Ingo Rammer. It's already the ...th time that I saw Ingo present and I'm still amazed of the the lightning speed he can type while standing. The presentation was interesting but it was so extremely hot in the room that it became quite difficult to keep up.
  • Thinking Powershell: strange enough this session was attended by a lot of developers while it was intended for IT pro's. Some of my collegues found it to not be so interesting but others, myself included, are drawn to the possibilities it can offer for developers.
  • Profiling and optimizing .NET applications: again a session by Ingo. And yet again an interesting one. Looking at the ways and tools that are available to developers, ranging from Fiddler, SQL Profiler and .NET profiler.
  • Building WCF-based services with WF-enabled WF logic: Presented by Christian Weyer. Also the ...th time I see Christian present. What I got from this presentation, and that was also the thought of my collegues, is that it's still a pain at the moment to integrate both easily. I still plan on taking a look at WF when I have the time though. Especially since I heard that the next version of ASP.NET will also likely have WF integrated.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, 27 March 2007

I already knew Jeff's a great speaker after I saw him deliver a session last year at TechEd in Barcelona. Today I had the pleasure to see him at work again at the pre conference day about ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET AJAX (server & client side) and the upcoming technology WPF/e. I also had the pleasure of talking briefly directly to Jeff during the break. Seems like a nice person to me.

The most interesting session for me was the one in the afternoon which was about the client side part, also known as the Microsoft AJAX Library. I did a presentation myself so I already experimented with the technology but didn't take a look at the Futures CTP which was also highlighted.

We also got to know that WPF/e will get a name change at MIX07 next month and that several things will be changing for the better. What it'll be we have to wait for because that's still under NDA but I'm looking forward to get my hands dirty on that new technology.

Jeff is going to give other presentations on the dev & IT pro days so if you have the chance of attending one of those sessions, do so.

Something else I really like attending those conferences is the have the chance to meet up with former collegues, people I know when I was just studying to become an engineer, former teachers, people I know from the online community but seldomly see in real life. It's nice to team up, get to know what others are doing for interesting projects etc.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 27 March 2007 20:58:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |