InfoPath really needs pitching properly

I figured that while I was here, I really ought to visit some sessions explaining stuff I could go away and start really working with in a real sense almost immediately. The sessions on InfoPath seemed to fit the bill since InfoPath is out there now, and we’ll be getting all the VS.NET integration soon…

Last minute change

So, I made a last minute decision to attend a different session than I had planned. When I arrived at the room for Indigo Web Services Protocols and Architecture, there was a pretty big crowd of people waiting outside and the theatre there isn’t so big so I decided to try something else. I went…

Will the sky be indigo?

Drew has great notes on yesterday's Indigo Serialization talk by Doug Purdy. Doug has a really unique presentation style and I swear he had his microphone turned right down so that he could scream and shout at us. As I've mentioned before, XML Serialization is one of my favourite .NET features and there are great…

Yukon do it with XML!

I attended the Building Database Applications with SQL Server “Yukon”: XQuery, XML Datatype session this morning by Arpan Desai and Istvan Cseri. This covered the variety of new features in the next SQL Server release to do with processing XML. It’s funny because just 3 weeks ago, I was searching through Google looking for XML…

Open source anyone?

Interesting to see an NUnit task demonstrated in the MSBuild presentation. They also explained how they see a distinction between NAnt and MSBuild in a polite fashion (I think they’re basically saying that MSBuild will be thicker and much more closely integrated with the platform, but my take is that in fact it’s probably just…

Keynote reflections

There are little odds and ends mentioned in the keynote seeping slowly into my head despite the jetlag really starting to kick in (what with the daylight saving change I’m out by 9 hours or something!). The breakout sessions are starting to put things into more perspective and in the next few days I think…

ASP.NET Whidbey

I attended ScottGu‘s “Overview of ASP.NET ‘Whidbey’” presentation this afternoon and to a degree, I got that same feeling that we had when the .NET 1.0 stuff was originally revealed: this is great stuff, but you say it isn’t ready yet so we’re gonna have to wait? How can you ask us to wait? We…

PDC Keynote

It’s probably too early to know what to make of the technical content shown during the keynote. Presentationally, though, it was classic. What with showing the Red vs Blue PDC movie that we probably mostly saw a few weeks ago, and a fantastic VH1 rip-off “Behind the Technology” movie, Microsoft really know how to send…

California Dreaming

Well, I’ve been so snowed under with work stuff for the last few weeks and I notice it’s almost 2 months since my last blog entry(!). I’m way behind on RSS reading and will hopefully catch up again soon. I’m happy to say that I’ve made it to LA and arrived at the convention centre…