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What a busy day...

Started off with What's new in the framework for version 2.0 which was a terrific presentation. Joel did an excellent job showing off some of the cooler aspects of what's new with 2.0.  Among my favorites were the improved console class (for obvious HA! reasons) and the support for encrypted XML and of course generics. Edit and continue is back w/ 2.0 (and new to C#) but not without some limitations. Another cool thing he highlighted was Debugger Display Attributes. Cool stuff indeed.

Grabbed a little time at the INETA booth, a trip around the expo room for more swag (I now have to ship some home for sure) and off to lunch w/ D'arcy Lussier (a very cool canuck and fellow scholarship recipient). D'arcy is one of the folks I'll be sure to stay in touch with (there are others, but I'm trying to stay relevant).

After that I was off to Memory Architecture in the .NET Compact Framework which was a very good, if not terribly engaging, presentation. The guy seemed a little nervous (first time speaker I guess) but he did a good job with some very dry material.  There's just no way to make some things sexy...

Then I hit Microsoft Visual Basic 2005: Application Frameworks and Advanced Language Features which despite some technical difficulties early on, was a very good presentation. The young lady (Amanda S, VB Program Manager) presenting it did a terrific job and handled unexpected problems quite gracefully. Some of the stuff she covered, I had already seen bit a lot of it was new to me... including some interesting keyboard shortcuts for the snippets, a lot of vb new item templates, and probably the best explanation of generics I've heard yet. (Incidentally, she must be older than she looks, because she looked about 19).

Ran into Carl Franklin, invited him to speak at our Code Camp (never hurts to ask), so I'm going to follow up with him regarding schedules. Also got confirmation from Nancy (INETA) that Rocky Lhotka will be our GC.NUG speaker for January.  Very Cool indeed!

Logged a little more time at the INETA booth, mostly throwing beachballs at passersby, and the grabbed some dinner before heading back to the Discomfort Inn to change for the Microsoft Influencer Appreciation Party.

The party was rocking! I didn't bother grabbing any food since I had just eaten dinner (dumb, I know) but people were chowing down. The clubs (Metropolis & Matrix) were nice and had two very different atmospheres. Depending on what you were looking for, you were covered.

So I'm cruising up the red carpet (LOL, yeah I know... I'm such a rock star) and someone yells out my name... (thank you Laura) so that was pretty cool. Almost Famous indeed. Once inside, I spent some time roaming, talked to Jason Olson and Trisha Lacy for a bit (two awesome folks). Hooked up with my Canuck friends for a while, stayed clear of the dancefloor, and eventually settled down in the pool room for a bit. Played a game with Glen Gordon (need to hook up with him Thursday) and Matt Ranlett. Apparently my pool game has deteriorated over the last few years. Eh...  More roaming, more drinking, more hanging with Jason Olson, more pool... yeah, rinse and repeat. It was a good night.  Definitely glad I went.

note to self: must hang out with Jason Olson more... that is one FUNNY guy!  (


Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2005 8:36 AM General Interest | Back to top

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