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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 ...
When was .NET announced? Bill Gates delivered a keynote at Forum 2000, held June 22, 2000, outlining the .NET 'vision'. The July 2000 PDC had a number of sessions on .NET technology, and delegates were given CDs containing a pre-release version of the .NET framework/SDK and Visual Studio.NET. When was the first version of .NET released? The final version of the 1.0 SDK and runtime was made publicly available around 6pm PST on 15-Jan-2002. At the same time, the final version of Visual Studio.NET was ...
With the earlier announcement from the Connected Systems Division around the project codename 'OSLO' it became clear that Microsoft have a big focus on Modelling. At the time in November 2007 the hint was given that this would be supported by a modelling language. At last week’s Lang.Net 2008 conference at Microsoft's Redmond campus — Chief CSD God Don Box provided a few hints as to where Microsoft is going on the tool and platform front with Oslo. Don stated that said Microsoft wasn’t interested ...
October 27–30, 2008 Pre-conference October 26, 2008 Los Angeles, California For those of you who don't know, PDC is the definitive Microsoft event for software developers and architects focused on the future of the Microsoft platform. Originally, Microsoft was going to hold PDC this year (2007), but in June Microsoft announced that it was being rescheduled to align with some of the major platform milestones. At that time, they didn't have the new event date. As of last week, PDC 2008 was officially ...
Today is the first day of Pakistan Developer Conference 2007. PDC 2007 is five conferences in the row from 2003. Today I attended the awesome tracks of Naveed Bajwa he is Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) for Connected System Development, today in his first track he presents us the workflow implementation through Microsoft InfoPath 2007 and MOSS 2007. The good thing that I found is demos that he shows in his presentation [increase my practical KBs]. I found a very fascinating feature of ...
Some quick notes from Tech Ed 2007(Not a technical review in any way): 1. Free T-Shirts from the vendors and the Shirts for sale in the Tech Ed store are often way too small. It's no secret that attendees at Tech Ed are often - ahem - overweight. I'm not obese but I am tall and usually the shirts are useless. Also, the chairs in the sessions are too close together. Put 500 fat guys in a room in tiny seats and watch how early people start walking out. 2. For some reason, the snack tables seemed nonexistent ...
Microsoft has just recently announced that PDC 2007 has been rescheduled in order to try to align it be in front of some of the major platform milestones. By this coming fall, upcoming platform technologies including Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 will already be in the hands of developers and getting close to being released. Keep an eye on the event site for the new date ...

Earlier this year I flipped a coin to determine if I'd attend TechEd or PDC 2007. TechEd was heads, PDC 2007 was tails. Tails won so TechEd was out and PDC 2007 was in! Unfortunately PDC 2007 has been rescheduled. I should have used a two-headed coin!

Michael Singer posted an article on Information Week about Microsoft's seeming lack of community (Thanks to Scott for originally posting about the article on GWB). I think that he might have gotten some misinformation from less-than-reliable sources, so I wanted to go through his article and give a Microsoft-ie point of view. Let's review the article shall we? "Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is ...
Many of us have probably dabbled in setting up our own domain and forest for development purposes. For me - a domain is a must - I have my development environment that is heavily used to model development projects for clents - and I have my family - me, my wife, and 7 children with their own computers. So, we have a fairly detailed setup on the home front - but the following applies to ANY environment in which your primary domain controller gives up the ghost - and you do not have an image backup ...
http://www.burtongroup.com/... This will surely heat up the Java vs. .NET war of words a bit... Let me say first that the choice of platform makes no difference on whether an application can scale, perform, run reliably. That's purely the physics of how things work and how some applications violate or push the laws of physics to a point that impacts performance enough to make them crappy applications. I've worked on crappy applications built both on .NET and ...
I just noticed that PDC '07 has already been announced! :) It’s from Oct 2-5 – yeup again in LA! http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ...
Word just came out before Christmas that Microsoft will be holding the next Professional Developers Conference (PDC) October 2-5, 2007 in Los Angeles. This will also include two days of pre-conference on September 30 and October 1. I can't wait! Its almost a year out but the PDC is always a good spot to glimpse the future. Seeing with the engineers and teams come up with gives me a good idea of whats on the horizon. Its also a great place to hang out with various Microsoft and industry folks. See ...
Microsoft has been a great partner with Infragistics working very closely with us during the development of our WPF controls, and giving us opportunities to demonstrate the work we are doing at events like PDC and TechEd. The large scale demos (and honestly much of what we have also shown) have focused on the Carousel View of the control, usually because its a control that provides a lot of "wow" factor and really shows off the animation and 3D power of WPF. While that's cool, many times developers ...

All you subscribers come and get it…Office 2007 RTM is available for download. This post is coming from Word 2007 and the new blogger feature.

I haven't smiled this much for software since PDC 2003 and when we got the first bits of Longhorn (Vista).

…Overview…Domain Controllers in NT 4.0 used to be simple. You had one PDC (Primary Domain Controller) in a domain and all the others were equal BDCs(Backup Domain Controllers). In 2000 and 2003 with the introduction of alot more features domain controllers are very similair to each other in many respects. There are certain roles however that need to be performed on certain Domain Controllers. These are called FSMO roles (Flexible Single Master Operations) and will definately come up in ...
Richard Turner posted: It seems like we've been waiting for this particular release of technologies forever. For those who have been following the story since our coming out at PDC 2003, the subsequent SDRs (Software Design Reviews), early-adopter programs, CTPs and Betas, can finally see that the light further down the tunnel is in fact the end, and not an oncoming train! I would like to thank all of you who have worked with us over the last 3+ years and helped us make the technologies shipping ...
Mike Swanson is reporting that about 50 sessions from Mix06 will be available online for free - for everyone. Microsoft did the same thing for PDC '05, so I was hoping this was going to happen. Expect to see it in three to four weeks.I spoke with Brian, who was there, and he told me this was the best conference he's ever been to - and he's been to a few Tech Eds and PDCs. I'm looking forward to downloading a few of these.Technorati Tags: Mix06 ...
A few months ago I started to read about WF (Windows Workflow) because we need a workflow solution for our projects. First, we considered Skelta to use it with SPS but, honesty, it was out of our budget. At that time (almost a year ago), we heard about "a new workflow engine" (WinOE if I remember correctly) coming from Microsoft but nothing else, but we thought it would be a good idea wait to see what happen later. As all of you maybe know, on PDC WF was presented and we are very excited about this. ...
While I don’t agree with every point in this post, Jeff Atwood does make a strong case for simplifying the UI. And it’s apparent that people are listening to him. Based on what’s been publicly posted, it’s apparent that MS is going for simplicity in the new UI. As a matter of fact, we were told at the PDC that over 80% of the features requested for MS Office, are already in the product. It’s just so cumbersome that no one can find them. Of course, another part of the ...

One of the things I discovered at the PDC was how few of the VS keyboard shortcuts I’m actually using.  Ask The Pros has a good article detailing some popular keyboard shortcuts.  Actually, to be honest, there are two articles.

Yesterday, Microsoft has released an offical new release of “Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar” that was announced in the last PDC and has been in BETA1 for so long. The toolbar is very similar to the correponding firefox developer toolbar famous extension. I've been missing it since I saw the later one, and here it comes at last! You can also use “Fiddler”, an HTTP debugger that logs all HTTP traffic allowing you to inspect it afterwards. It's been there for sooo long and ...
After good successes for the past few years at both TechEd and PDC conferences, we are introducing the concept of “Bird of a Feather” sessions to Code Camp. These are not presentations but rather, an interactive discussion among people with similar interests. Two sessions are planned, “Dot Net Nuke” and “Conversion to 2.0 .NET” Dot Net Nuke is intended for people using or interested in using Dot Net Nuke. This community portal project that grew out of the I Buy ...
One of my favorite recent blogs is Jensen Harris' excellent blog on the Office 12 user experience. As a former (and still occasional) instructor, I am very interested to see how they've re-thought almost the entire user interface for the next version of Office. I wasn't fortunate enough to get picked for the Beta 1 for Office 12, however. (Actually, its worse than that. I didn't even bother to sign up because I thought the Beta 1 would be available to MSDN subscribers. Oops.) I was very interested ...
I was just listening to the recorded PDC session on by Anson Horton (Download, Stream) on Tips and Trick for VC#2005, and he mentions that you could navigate backwards and forwards across the go-to definition stack using buttons on an explorer mouse. Thats when it struck me that a cool VS2005 power toy would be to have mouse gestures within the IDE. Infact this is not a new idea, the question has been asked by Sean Labaree before. Infact I am kicking myself in the ass for not seeing that post and ...
Introduction:I thought getting used to C# 2.0 (as a programming language), ASP.NET 2.0(as web development platform) and SQL Server 2005 would be good enough of a thing as far as - understanding next release of .net framework (i.e. ver 2.0) was concerned. You bet! I was wrong. I felt like knowing INDIGO would be good enough for sure and I'd be able to use it whenever the time would come. I had read introductions about Avalon, Win FS etc and thought good GOD this .NET 2.0 is becoming massive as far ...
Heads up on the layout of Canadian launch events!! Simultaneously with the developer and it professional tracks, we will have the ‘cabana’ track. Sure enough, it sounds very exotic, but it has nothing to do with pink drinks with nice little umbrellas. But ….developers at PDC and TechEd loved it, so we are bringing them to Canadian launch events. So, what is “Cabana” anyways? For those of us who haven’t been so lucky to be at this year’s PDC or TechEd, cabana ...
Here are my initial impressions on the released version of VS2005. I attended PDC 03 and played with both Longhorn and Whidbey but as time went on I found it hard to keep up with the releases and all the nuances of the near "black magic" it seemed it took to get the CTPs, betas, and release candidates installed correctly and working. Being on a full-time project with deadlines and trying to develop a software product on the side meant I had to be careful about my focus. Installation Having worked ...
While the physical Professional Developers Conference 2005 is over and now recorded for posterity, you can still use the Professional Developers Conference 2005 Site (lots of great post conference resources here!) whether or not you attended: If you did attend PDC 2005, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it was great! Make sure you check out the following resources now available. Session Slide Decks and MaterialsSession slide decks and materials are available for download. Didn’t ...
I’m guilty of not blogging for a long time, but trust me I have been very busy recently with lots of very interesting projects. When I emerged from my project work though, I discovered that I have missed out on the Windows Workflow stuff which really looks quite impressive. They have announced it at PDC and obviously lots of people have been working on this. Check http://blogs.msdn.com/pandr... from the PDC sessions. I think Paul will be the new Scott Woodgate for us integration ...
Wow, all I can say is that event was amazing. I missed the PDC to aggregate PDCBloggers due to the amount of registered bloggers we had this year, so I was hoping to get some of that information at the Summit. Luckily I did and a bit more. I can't go into too much detail, but I can say one day the XML MVPs had a private meeting with Anders in a small conference room with 6 MVPs and a few product team members. That was very cool. Technorati Profile ...
The hell of custom configuration sections Configuration is changed somewhat, none of our custom configuration section code worked anymore. I’m not sure if this one was for the better. Implementing custom sections in configuration files have got to be one of the most painful experiences I have had coding since Method ~ of ~ failed in the old DCOM days. How come it takes 200 lines of code to read 20 lines of configuration in an xml file? Thanks to Reflector from Lutz Roeder I disassembled the ...
I'll summarize the conceptually daunting amount of Windows Vista information Microsoft presented at PDC 2005. I'll address three key themes in this article: changes en route from Longhorn client to Windows Vista, aspects of Vista that are slated to be ported to "down-level" releases of Windows (Windows XP and Windows Server 2003), and an overview of the reasons why individuals and organizations are likely to find Vista appealing even though many of its key features will also be available on earlier ...

via Kimberly Tripp

Kimberly Tripp (SQL Server MVP) has posted an extensive list of resources from her pre-PDC workshops here, that will be of interest to anyone, not just PDC attendees.

Thanks Kimberly :)

I finally had the chance to meet Steve Maine of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF, codename "Indigo") fame face-to-face. While Steve and I actually worked "together" for most of my Avanade career we hadn't met, and it was one of my objectives at the PDC to rectify that. Thanks to Matt Joe we met at the Ask the Experts session Thursday night and we had an interesting discussion regarding the WCF "messaging paradigm". It came up in the context of a discussion regarding the Service Activity Generator. ...
More interesting information to come out of this weeks PDC include more information on Windows Presentation Foundation or WPF which was formerly known as Avalon. The WPF development tool will use cross-platform standards, so you can use them to write normal apps that will run on different platforms or even Web-based apps with multiple browser support. Even as it steers developers toward the forthcoming edition of Windows, Microsoft is building tools to write applications for Mac OS X and the Web, ...
At the Microsoft PDC visitors managed to get a first look at the new Office 12 UI, a link is here. There has been a lot of debate on it on Channel 9 here. My inital response was that the new toolbar does have more than justa hint of MAC OSX about it, (I'm sure Richard Peat will comment on that) which to my mind isn't a bad thing. The rule of thumb I also go by is that if you have worked out how to use it in a few second then the UI has effectively done it's job right. Look at the picture above, it ...
This is a recurring theme from a number of PDC 05 attendees. I think the answer is two fold : The first one can be found at : http://msdn.microsoft.com/w... The second is that vNext BizTalk 2004 must be a different beast offering more on top of what now is offered. The designers must be made more friendly (anyone who attended the BizTalk 2004 futres will have seen a glimpse of that), the toolset be increased ...
I was skimming the Bill Gates PDC keynotes video and saw an extremely cool Vista feature. You can actually plug in USB thumb drives and let Windows (via a program called SuperFetch) use them as if they are physical ram upgrades. So if your system has 512 megs of ram and you need an extra 512megs, just plug in your 512meg flash drive and BAM! You got it! (I'm sure its not as fast as real ram, but it has to be faster than writing to disk). /me claps ...
This is a totally useless blog entry, I admit. But, I finally figured out what all the different lanyard colors mean here at the PDC. Black – PDC CrewBlue – Microsoft (Staff)Green – AttendeeOrange – SponsorPurple – ExhibitorRed – MediaYellow – Speaker Did I miss any colors? I don’t think so. Although in certain lighting it’s hard to tell the yellow and the orange lanyards apart. ...
If a virus were launched today that only affected Dell laptops, the entire PDC would shut down.  I can’t believe how many I’ve seen here this week.  Most of the laptops that aren’t Dell’s aren’t really laptops, they’re tablets.  Dell should take a hint from this, but otherwise, it’s obvious that this manufacturer dominates the laptop community, or at least the development laptop community.
Just left the Keynote for today. And I’ve finally found something at this PDC that I’m really excited about. Yes, Monad is a great shell. Expression looks fantastic, and I hope that the designer types will love it. Office 12 is the office system we’ve been waiting for since 2000. Windows Vista is very flashy, but while flash is pretty it doesn’t help me do my job (I know there’s a lot in Vista other than just flash). And, of course, I want Visual Studio 2005. But I’ve ...
Another exciting announcement to come out of the PDC is the introduction of Windows Workflow Foundation or WWF (not to be confused with a bunch of big bloke in tights getting all snarly) So what is a 'workflow?' It is not always possible to completely automate a process in code, often a point in a process will require interaction from a human, device or perhaps even another system. A workflow is the steps in a path a of process that takes into account points where interactions take place. An obvious ...

Ian is very happy today at the PDC it seem the software fairy has at last completed the order and is promising more to come ...

Read Ian's latest installment here on Channel 9.

Our friendly SharePoint “Microsoftie” Mike Fitz has dropped us a big one. He has a post listing out some of the features of V.Next. Just looking at the ‘listed features’ which I believe isn't all of them, theres only one thought on my mind; i.e. “Woah!!!! Thats awesome, ME WANT NOW!” RSS. Everything about sites, lists, libraries, etc., can be syndicated via RSS automatically. Blogs and Wikis. Templates and features in the box. Content Types. These aren’t ...
The atmosphere was electric, charged by the thumping of rock/rap and dance music. The audience sat with anticipation as they waited for the Keynote to start. The lights dimmed and a hushed silence swepted across the audience, as we where now only seconds away from the entrance of the man himself. Bill Gates entered with a thunderous applause from the awaiting audience, the PDC had now official started. Check out the KeyNote online at PDC 2005 KeyNote Bill gave a quick history lesson, where we were ...