Wow, I’m beat. Just got back to the hotel after a full day at the convention. Here are some highlights:
It’s All About the Cloud
This morning’s keynote focused almost entirely on the Windows Azure stack. It seems clear that Microsoft is very serious about Azure and it sounds like it will be a big part of their technology in the future. Ray Ozzie talked about the “3 Screens & a Cloud” a lot. Basically the idea that your mobile device, your pc, and your TV should all seamlessly work together using apps hosted in the cloud.
There was also a lot of emphasis on Silverlight. Up to this point my exposure to Silverlight has been pretty limited, but I think I’d like to explore that more. I’m especially intrigued by the idea of Silverlight + ASP.NET MVC.
After the keynote I attended the “Lap Around Azure” session. It was pretty informative and had a couple of demos (which I always like – show me the code!). I think I’m really going to need to dig into this myself. If only there were hands on labs here…
Hand on Labs
So after the Azure session, it was lunch time (awesome food btw). After I scarfed down my food I figured I would hit the Azure labs because I wanted to get some real experience and learn something. When I got to the labs there was a line of about 200 people waiting to get into the Azure labs. Oh yeah, there was also some flip camcorder giveaway for people that would attend an Azure session and then do a lab.
So I abandoned that idea and decided to check out the web platform labs. On my way there I strolled by the Channel 9 live broadcast and it was Scott Hanselman interviewing the guy who runs failblog.org!! I sat and watch that for a few minutes, Scott was super funny as usual. I was a little star struck – Hanselman is totally my hero…well one of my heroes anyway.
I then hit the ASP.NET labs and started one that was ASP MVC 2, Ajax and Entity Framework. The lab was awesome but I didn’t finish it. The VM I was working on was really sluggish and there was a lot of code to write!
BDD & TDD
After that I went to a Birds of a Feather session on BDD (Behavior Driven Design) and TDD (Test Driven Development). These BOF sessions are meant to be a discussion where the attendees are involved. This is near and dear to my heart because I’m a TDD fan boy.
There were a lot of people there that didn’t really know what TDD was, and even more (myself included) that didn’t know much about BDD. It was a very lively and entertaining discussion.
After that was the partner expo. Lots of good food and drink, saw Scott Hanselman get out-coded by a dude with Rock Band guitar (I know it was the crappy keyboard!), and talked to a bunch of cool vendors.
I signed up for a trial with Safari Books Online which I’m super pumped about. They even gave me a free book which was sweet. Also got a couple of t-shirts and other swag, and had a really good time.
Can’t wait for tomorrow!