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I know it’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated this but there is a bunch of very cool stuff going on so I thought it was time I jumped back on the horse and started using my public blog more.  Plus a number of people have asked me this week why I haven’t blogged in awhile…

Anyway, I’m in LA this week at Microsoft’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) and it’s shaping up to be a great week with lots of great technical content and thousands of other devs and architects to meet.  The conference is at the LA convention center attached to the Staples Center (of Jack Nicholson and LA Laker fame) and it’s my first time out to LA so it’ll be an interesting week.  I’ll try to post regularly to let everyone know what is happening.

I’m actually here with a friend (Bill Evjen) and last night Bill was kind enough to let me tag along to a Microsoft RD party which was a blast and we got to play with a Microsoft Surface.  Bill has some pictures on his blog here: http://geekswithblogs.net/evjen/Default.aspx.  I was VERY impressed with this thing and will be blogging more about it as the week goes on.  I think I’m changing some of my schedule around to catch a few sessions on programming for it.  We had the debate as to whether it has any household purpose and whether it would show up in our homes sooner rather than later.  We’ll see…

Today I spent the entire day at a pre-conference session on WPF put on by Charles Petzold.  It was a very well done session but, in hindsight, I wish I would have picked a different session.  Not that the content was bad but, I probably should have picked a session on a topic I was so familiar with.  Since I do so much with WPF already, most of Petzold’s content was very familiar to me.  The last few hours were by far the most informative and I’m going to have to see how to get my hands on some of his XAML.  in terms of the bootcamps and classes I teach on WPF, Petzold had a very nice and streamlines means of teaching XAML using his Xaml Cruncher and some scripts.  If nothing else, I learned how I should be presenting XAML without typing all day...

Tonight I’m off to a Party with Palermo (http://pdc08.partywithpalermo.com/)  I’m not sure who Palermo is but some friends I haven’t seen in awhile invited me and it appears to be the place to be.  I’ll post an update tomorrow…

Finally, I’ve only been on Twitter for a week or so but it appears to be the thing to do here at PDC…if you are so interested and know what Twitter is…feel free to watch me at http://twitter.com/kvgros.   I’ll be updating as the week progresses…

More from LA tomorrow…

-Kevin

Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 8:25 PM | Back to top


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