NOTE: This is possibly the longest thing I’ve ever written. Please stay tuned, because the people I mention really deserve recognition.

Last week I attended Tech.Ed Australia 2008. It was the third Tech.Ed I’ve attended, but for some reason it has stood out far above the rest. I had a great week from beginning to end.

The experience started Tuesday morning for me, when I turned up to the Embedded Developers Pre-Day. This involved sitting in an instructor-led lab for a day and delving into the embedded experience. Before Tuesday my embedded experience basically involved a bit of Windows Mobile and XP Embedded development. The day introduced some great concepts to me including componentising an application, working with the File-Based Write Filter and using debugging with CeDebugX ("!diagnose all" will save my life…).

Wednesday saw the kick-off of Tech.Ed and some worthwhile sessions. The most memorable was Corneliu Tusnea’s Debugging the World session. I’ve seen this before, but it was still the highlight of the day to me. The way he works with WinDebug truly amazes me. Some people think it’s a bit technical, but I thought it’s what a 400 session should be! It was also great watching Scott Hanselman (who I was honoured to meet *briefly*) go up against the Readify greats Corneliu and Mitch in the Ask the Experts session that night.

Thursday was a bit more lively and turned into a very long day. It started off well with Jonas’ Silverlight presentation. It got a bit worse at morning tea when my nerves got the best of me while I gave my first (and hopefully not the last) presentation at Tech.Ed on Introducing Windows Mobile Development. A bit of fun and the demo gods smiled on me for once…

Scott Hansleman’s MVC presentation was an absolute hoot! The demo gods were definitely not so kind to him, but he worked through it and did an excellent job. I thought this session was a bit too technical for a 200 level, but I wouldn’t expect any less than 10 minutes in the call stack from Scott.

Paul Stovell delivered a really good presentation on reactive programming that was great at introducing advanced concepts of databinding in all forms. Backed up by Corneliu’s next session on Secure Development Patterns, which will hopefully be coming to an RDN near you…

Once again, Scott had me riveted in his afternoon session on REST and ADO.Net Entity Data Services. I now want to be a RESTifarian. Then, I finished off with Harry Pierson’s dynamic languages presentation, which was really interesting. Of course, that was followed by the closing party…

Friday was a great end to the conference. I really Joel Pobar’s F# presentation, and I can’t wait to introduce it as an alien artifact. The Mobility Smackdown was once again a really pumped session with the aim of promoting Windows Mobile. I managed to score an Xbox 360, so I really really enjoyed that too… Finally, the Locknote. Two words- passionate and Wow! Craig Bailey really summed it up well here. It’s the best locknote (or keynote) session I’ve ever seen and I just hope both ends of the conference are more like that next year.

Final Thoughts…

I had a great week. Learned loads of cool stuff. Really excited about cloud computing and the future of the web, but also about what I can do to be a better developer. Microsoft really put on a great show and I can’t wait until next year. Also, thank you to all the people that were involved in Tech.Ed that I may have missed.

The only plus in it being over is that my liver finally gets a rest… =P


Posted on 9 September, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Dan Crowley-Wilson

    “I now want to be a RESTifarian”

    Ha. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. 🙂

    Dude, you’ve seen the light!

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