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So I am at the PDC this year with the Together @ PDC2008 program from Microsoft. This allows various people to go to the PDC with Microsoft Employees. This year I am buddied up with Chris Bowen, my Regional Developer Evangelist.
One of the most important aspects of attending conferences for me is the networking opportunities. As I am currently an MVP in BizTalk Server, still a fairly minority technology, it’s usually only at these events that I get to meet up with the people who really know the technology (apart from the BizTalk User Group Sweden of course). There are quite a few of the MVPs and “influencers” out this year, and I’m looking forward to catching up on old times and having intelligent and informed discussions ...
PDC is starting today (well, the pre-conference is, and the conference starts tomorrow) and I reached Los Angeles last night. The trip went well, even though we started (and arrived) one hour later than planned. Yesterday I joined Mike Brown and Bill Reiss for dinner, and then called it a night. Read the rest of this entry » ...
A few days ago Microsoft announced that the PDC website was going mobile. Go to: http://m.microsoftpdc.com/ for the PDC mobile experience. I think it’s great that you can get the agenda and sessions on your phone, but what is sorely lacking is the ability for me to log in and get my sessions. That would have really been useful. Technorati Tags: PDC ...
PDC 2008 starts in a few days. I’ve setup a preliminary schedule already, but, as always, it’s subject to change once I get there. It will be good to see the early bits for Windows 7, including a Windows 7 Application Compatibility Lab. I’m staying at the Grand Kyoto Hotel, near Little Tokyo. If anybody wants to catch up and grab some sushi, let me know. Technorati Tags: PDC ...
OH THE DISSAPOINTMENT!!! I read with much enthusiasm that MSDN Canada was replacing Jean-Luc David (who’s moving on to a role at Redmond…GL JL!) with ‘The Accordion Guy’! Now, I know like you whenever I hear the words ‘Accordion Guy’, you think of one thing: Weird Al Yankovic! But NO! Weird Al has *NOT* joined MSDN DPE here in Canada. So then I thought, well maybe its the other Yankovic…and with his Yanks no less… But NO! So it turns out that ‘The Accordion Guy’ is actually Joey deVilla! Now some ...
We've been waiting for this for quite a while and finally it's here! Over 25 presenters coming from from 5 states. Topics plucked hot off the PDC press just in time for Christmas. Plus, the price is incredibly cheap for a full day of learning. If you can make it at all, I highly encourage you to do so. Bring a friend. Oh, and did I mention the prizes? We have so many prizes I'm not even allowed to tell you about them out loud. You have to show up to find out. http://www.StLouisDayOfDotN... Technorati ...
No, it's not the PDC 2008 World Champion Darts competition, but actually it is one of the coolest conferences on the planet. Microsoft's PDC 2008 (which stands for Professional Developer Conference) is a conference that is focused on the future Microsoft technologies. While TechEd is focused on the here and now - PDC focuses on things that are coming in the next 18 months or so. This is by far my favorite conference as there is quite a bit of energy and the crowd is excited and hungry for knowledge. ...
Ok, so I get it that there's an SOA and BizTalk conference happening in January in Seattle...and there's a roadshow that's ongoing this fall/winter to bring a smaller version of the Seattle conference to various cities. But does that mean that no BizTalk sessions could be added to PDC?! BizTalk 2009 is one of the most significant jumps in the platform, allowing for Visual Studio 2008 integration among other things. And yet when you look at the topic cloud... So what does that mean if you're an SOA ...
Today is my 4 year anniversary with Heather from the day we met!!! We met on May 23, 2004 at a coffee shop in Columbia, Missouri. She was reading a book and I went over and said hi. Coffee Shops are a great way to meet people by the way. Anyway, I got her phone number and gave her mine. Of course she lost my phone number (or so she says). :) I called her a couple of days afterwards and we fell in love and the rest is history. Of course we had a kiddo in between. Hehehehehe. To celebrate we are going ...
Seeing all the chatter on blogs and twitter, it seems nearly everyone is headed out to PDC...well if you are, here's a chance to score a free license for an awesome piece of software. If you haven't heard of or used CodeIt.Right you're really missing out. SubMain's trademark line says it best: Static Code Analysis + Automatic Refactoring = Painless Coding Guidelines™ So how do you score your license? Simple, attend PDC and meet up with Serge Baranovsky and simply tell him about your favorite feature ...
Jeff Julian and John Alexander are going to PDC next week and they need 4 more people at least to help out with there video campaign "I'm a geek with a blog and I...". If you guys live in Kansas City and you have a blog at Geeks with Blogs or you want to sign up today please contact me so I can video tape you for their PDC Promotion. So far I just have myself. Remember you are helping promote the community. These guys don't make money off the blogs it all goes back to the servers and equipment. They ...
Having not ever been to the PDC before, only TechEd (x9), MEC (x2) and WWPC (x2), and I am curious to attend my first one. I have also never been to LA before so this should be a double mint of traveling pleasure. I hope I see some celebrities eating ice cream at a sidewalk cafe like in the magazines my wife always reads! :) Plus I love me some Mexican food and there has to be some good stuff in LA! I started up the TweetDeck filter for PDC and there is a lot of traffic and a good buzz going already. ...
Ok, we are getting desperate here because we only have 2.5 working days before PDC left and 3 videos. I have a lot of “I will get you …” but only a few uploads, so if you are planning on participating, can you get us those videos soon? Thanks and hope you like the new site as well :D. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs.net,PDC08,Vi... ...
Wow, that took a long time but it is finally ready. This morning I released the Geekswithblogs.net 3.0 will all the new features we could finish before PDC 2008. This is definitely not the end of 3.0 features, but it needed to get out the door. The first change you will notice is the GREEN MONSTER has been replaced. This theme has been in the works since the springtime as most of you with shirts know. Keep an eye on this blog and the tutorials section of the site throughout this week so you can learn ...
If you would like to do a NINE Questions interview and you're going to be at PDC (or SoCalCodeCamp) leave a comment on this post and let me know how to get hold of you and we'll set something up.

In addition to the normal 9 written questions, I'll be doing some podcasting and video interviews too. 

The three of us (D'Arcy, Amanda & I) will be all over PDC next week so feel free to flag us down and say hi.

Good times ahead!!
Rob's one of my community buddies that I run into at various conferences and online of course. In addition to being a VB MVP, he's been around the UG and Code Camp scene pretty much since there was one. He's one busy guy, so I appreciate him taking the time to answer these NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? I’m from Mississauga, Ontario. It’s a suburb just outside of Toronto, Ontario. I’ve lived there all my life. 2. What do you do? / Who do you work for? / What is your product? Give me the 10 ...
Just got back from HDC - Omaha last night and it was a blast. (The drive home was a little crazy... apparently my GPS has developed a crack habit, but that's a whole other story.) Wednesday - Jason Bock and I arrived in Omaha around 11:30am and after a quick lunch at the hotel with Amanda Laucher, the three of us piled into the jeep and were off to meet Joe Olsen and the GeeksWithBlogs crew at the PhenomBlue office for a Microsoft Surface demo. We hung out there for a bit and chatted up some of the ...
Not sure when this became live, but the schedule builder for PDC 2008 is now available. This is very different from the schedule builder tools of the past and is considerably easier to work with. As you can see, the schedule is presented as a daily calendar. Each column is a timeslot (showing only the starting time) which shows all of the sessions available. You can filter the list of sessions by clicking the appropriate tags. Underneath the calendar view is the list of sessions and the session details. ...
We need your help! So far we have one video for the PDC commercial we are producing and I don’t think that will deliver the whole message we want. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, review Jerod’s post or the 2 GWB newsletters that were sent out over the past few weeks. The main purpose is to show that we are a diverse group from all around the world. We want to see what your world looks like. Indoors and Outside. Your a geek and this is your life, show us. If you are planning to get ...
PDC 2008 is right around the corner. If you've taken a look at the session list, you will be psyched to see that there are some great SharePoint sessions. Here's the list of sessions that Paul Andrew, Technical Product Manager for the SharePoint Developer Platform, posted. There are four awesome SharePoint sessions that will be key to hit when you are there: SharePoint Online: Extending your Service by Troy Hopwood SharePoint 2007: Advanced Async Workflow Messaging FAST: Building Search-Driven Portals ...
In this issue: Tim Heuer, Silverlight SDK, Page Brooks, Mike Snow, Jesse Liberty, and Bill Reiss Bill Reiss has updated his XNA games to the XNA 3.0 Beta, and has created a PDC badge: Find me at PDC for a Dr. Popper badge and maybe win a book. From SilverlightCream.com: Hey, who took my Chiron? Responding to a question, Tim Heuer discusses what happened to Chiron.exe in the RC0 delivery (and beyond, I suppose). Silverlight Breaking Changes Between Beta 2 and Release (Updated Document) The folks at ...
Jeff just posted to announce the official five year anniversary of geekswithblogs’s first post. To bring home the celebration, the main portal will be getting an overhaul, and Jeff and other familiar GWB faces will be manning booths at the PDC and HDC. Check out Jeff’s post and a sneak peak at the new design here. Technorati Tags: GWB,GeekwWithBlogs.net,PDC2... ...
Today is the official five year anniversary of the first post on Geekswithblogs.net. Happy Birthday!!! We will be celebrating our 5 years with the launch of a new version of the community portion of the site. We will also be at HDC Omaha and PDC 2008 celebrating the launch and 5th anniversary. These events will be awesome and at the PDC, we are excited that Chris and D’Arcy are able to join us. As far as the site goes, we are so close to being finished. I took off last week to dedicate my morning, ...
Well, you heard it right. PDC 2008 scheduled for Oct 27 - 30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center is one of the most exciting Microsoft technical event delivered right by the product teams who are just waiting to show to the world, what they have been working on over the last 2 years. One of the important announcements at PDC would be Windows 7, the next version of Windows Client Operating System and the Cloud platform that we have been working on. Not to mention, some of the cool stuff around the ...
The Windows Cloud OS called Windows Azure that had been under the code name Red dog project for a long time has been officially announced in the keynote by Ray Ozzie on the first day of the PDC in LA (27th Oct 2008). I blogged about coming across the name Windows Strata previously but this turned out to be a red herring, Strata name have never been confirmed by anyone in Microsoft. For announcements made at PDC 2008 see the following blog post: http://geekswithblogs.net/k... ...
I have recently been invited to join the Microsoft Cloud Advisory group and have just spent the last week at an SDR getting to understand all the wonderful cloud stuff. Unfortunately I'm under NDA until PDC but it is looking good. On the topic of the cloud and BizTalk I came across a blog by Lori MacVittie (http://devcentral.f5.com/w... that really has got it all wrong. The blog talks about BizTalk activities ...
The following lists the announcements made at Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in LA Major announcements: Cloud services: SQL Services (includes SSDS), .Net Services, and Live Services .NET application development technologies for the Internet cloud. New set of .NET APIs for developers to build applications to deploy to the cloud. Cloud OS: Windows Azure Based on Mary Jo's post way back in June, Red Dog project describes the Windows Cloud OS called Windows Azure. This platform as stated ...

Now that the book is finished writing, reality is catching up with me and I am finally able to work on the backlog of ideas and projects that has accumulated in the last months. Time to give an update of stuff I do or will do soon.

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Very exciting things happening for ISV's at PDC this year. I pulled this little nugget from a recent post by Tim Sneath: “Among other things, we’ll be running compatibility labs at the PDC so you can bring your application and test it on Windows 7 builds. Don’t you want to make sure you’re ahead of the curve and, indeed, take advantage of some major new innovations?” Original post: What You’ll Hear at PDC2008 Thought I would let you know about this opportunity. I think this would be a very easy way ...
Post on Channel 9 talks about attendees to PDC getting 160 GB external hard drive which will include all the bits from the conference! Check out the associated video that talks about the topics covered at the link below: http://channel9.msdn.com/po... ...
I'm for the first time at a non-Microsoft conference in my life. I am at Oracle's OpenWorld 2008 in the lovely city of San Francisco. So far so good. The biggest surprise is really how big this conference is. There are more than 43,000 people at this conference. Wow - amazingly big. The other thing that is different than the TechEd and PDC conferences that I attended in the past is that there are a number of keynotes here and it seems that the first ones aren't that important and they build up in ...
Ok, so I am really bored tonight and avoiding working on some presentations I need to finish, but this was just a little bit of fun. The great minds at Microsoft thought that it would be interesting to make the PDC brain 'intelligent' and offer up a web site where you can ask it questions. It reminded me a bit of those old Eliza-esque programs that basically repeated back what you said in question for, but only less knowledgeable. Below is a snippet of our 'conversation'. So go ahead and have you ...
I was just checking out the PDC site for the upcoming event and noticed that they had added more sessions. Now I had already gone and added a bunch of interesting sessions to my schedule, most of my time slots are now triple or even quadruple booked. I got quite a shock as I was looking at the neat tag cloud thingy they have for browsing the sessions by topic. Can you believe it? There is a session for XNA! I was quite impressed that there were two sessions at TechEd Developers for XNA. My top topics ...
It's been a while since my last post.... So what have I been up to? Javascript - up to my eyeballs Silverlight - which will be really cool, in a couple more releases. v2-b2 is nice, but needs some oomph. Code reviews - a tech lead's life is all about telling other people why their code sucks Interviews - hiring good people is a full time job. Finding web developers with real Javascript/CSS/.Net knowledge is very difficult. Every bozo who writes a web page includes javascript/css on their resume, ...

I signed up today -- this will be my fifth PDC (97, 98, 01, 05).

 

History Back in 2005 Eddie Churchill, one of the BizTalk team members presented a couple of Channel 9 video titled “First look at Solution Designer” and “Biztalk's sexy new XSLT Mapper”. These videos showed very early prototypes of want may go on to form a part of BizTalk Server vNext. The BizTalk Solution Designer and the new mapper looked like great tools, and I remember many BizTalk developers looking forward to using them in BizTalk applications. Unfortunately they never made it into BizTalk, ...
3 SharePoint sessions have appeared on the PDC 2008 Sessions site today, if you haven't yet added these to your sessions on the PDC site go do it now so Mike Swanson can work his magic on his master sessions schedule. Today is meant to be the last day of the revised Early Bird offer ($200 discount) for the Professional Developers Conference, so if you haven't registered yet, you still have until end of today to take advantage of this offer. The following 3 SharePoint sessions were added to PDC08 ...
Yesterday I launched “bloggersguides.net” a community site that will host resources for BizTalk Server and the up and coming Oslo technologies. http://bloggersguides.net The Bloggers Guide to BizTalk 2.0 If you have worked with BizTalk a while you may remember “The Bloggers Guide to BizTalk” which I first published back in October 2004. I’ve updated the BizTalk guide to include the latest contributions and added content from some new blogs. The guide now has about 500 articles. The Bloggers Guide ...
With the PDC right around the corner, my wife and I decided I needed a better place to work from home so I could get my mind focused and get the next version of the site cranked out. This meant I was able to move into the "play room" and take over the portion of the basement where the exercise equipment resided. No, that doesn't not mean I have given up on working out, I would just rather use the gym's equipment as it is nicer quality. In fact, I just took my fitness age test and am now 46 (compared ...
I’ve been recruited along with my cohort Chris Williams to act as an on-site blogger at PDC for Geeks With Blogs! Geeks With Blogs is a Silver Media Sponsor and will be on site with a booth to promote the community, talk to people about blogging, and bringing a new level of SEXINESS to PDC! Thanks to Jeff and John for the opportunity, and I’m stoked to see as many of you as possible out at the event! D ...
As Chris mentioned earlier, Geekswithblogs.net will have an official presence this year at the PDC. We will be a Silver Media Sponsor and will have a booth for registering members and teaching people about blogging. To keep the buzz going at the event while we are in the booth, we have invited Chris Williams and D'arcy Lussier to help us out. They are going to be an amazing addition to our onsite team. Thanks for taking us up on our offer guys! Jerod will be sending a newsletter out this week to ...
Yes folks, you heard it here first. The blog gods have looked down from the heavens and found us worthy. Jeff Julian & John Alexander of AJI Software, known better as the founders of GeeksWithBlogs.NET have just informed D'Arcy Lussier and myself that we will be blogging PDC 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. We're even getting new GWB tshirts (which is good because mine is getting a little worn out, since I wear it pretty much everywhere!!) In addition to blogging like rabid, well... uhh bloggers, we'll ...
I started doing these a few years ago for Tech·Ed (2008 and 2007) and received a lot of good feedback so I decided to continue the series for PDC as well. Session Types This year PDC is offering a slightly different mix of session types with what they are calling “UnSessions”. The bottom line is that UnSessions are everything that isn’t an official breakout session. If you’re still a bit confused, keep reading to see the differences. There may be some other session types once the schedule has been ...
I just registered for Microsoft PDC 2008 in LA, October 27-30. This will be my second PDC and the first one I’ve been to as an MVP. There are supposed to be a lot of really interesting things announced at this one, so it should be an exciting time. I know I will be at the Party with Palermo on October 26, and there will probably be a Florida (and Friends of Florida) MVP geek lager one night as well. Not sure what else is going on, but if you’re going look me up. Technorati Tags: PDC ...
As the Grand Poobah of Visual Basic at Microsoft, Paul is one of the busiest guys I know. Fortunately for us, he managed to find the time to answer these NINE Questions. 1. So, inquiring minds want to know, where are you from? Originally, Durham, NC. But I’ve been in Seattle almost as long as I was in Durham so… 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? A small technology company in Redmond, WA. You probably haven’t heard of them or used their ...
Heartland Developers Conference Omaha - October 15-17, 2008 Minneapolis - September 28-30, 2008 Website: www.heartlanddc.com The Conference: HDC provides regional developers the opportunity to experience sessions usually reserved for Tech-Ed and PDC at a much lower cost while retaining the same nationally known presenters. 5 years since it’s inception, HDC08 continues to build on the success of the largest annual independent professional Microsoft development conference in the nation, organized by ...
This is the first in what will hopefully be a series where I ask NINE Questions of various Interesting People in the Technical Industry. My first victim is Andy Dunn of www.thezbuffer.com. 1. Where are you from? I’m from a town called Halesowen, just outside Birmingham in the UK. I’ve lived in the USA for almost 12 years. 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? I work for myself. I have no products besides my own abilities. You are buying ...
Tuesday was the first *official* day of Tech Ed, kicking off with a keynote by Bill Gates…and his last keynote in his current role with Microsoft. It was a good keynote, but honestly there was nothing big or surprising announcement wise. This makes sense since PDC is coming up and they’ll wait to make any big announcements there, but you always hope there will be a little something. I worked my first shift at the Architecture booth and it was a great experience (and deserves its own blog post). The ...
I am heading out to TechEd this year. I have been going to TechEd since 2002 and find this and PDC to be exciting events and usually well done by Microsoft. You really do leave with a strong sense of excitement of what you are able to do for the next year. I will be posting a lot of posts (hopefully) while I am in TechEd about my trip there and I have brought a camera - so hopefully I will be posting photos as well. For those that are going - I once posted (back in 2004) a blog entry on what you ...