If you read this
post by Paul Andrew you can see we are getting an invitation to come to Microsoft for some additional training. Well it sounds interesting but I guess I won’t be crossing the ocean for this one. But it’s a pity that these kind of event are usually held in Redmond en never on other continents. Come on guys, we do a lot of work in Europe, Asia or for that matter everywhere else on the planet. So why don't you schedule some of these events somewhere more accessible to the rest of us?
Still if you are in the US of A and using Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation this might be an interesting opportunity.
You can download the slides (in Dutch) and samples here
Last week I did a presentation in Bunnik for the SDN
on VSTO. The title was VSTO - No Pain No Gain. The presentation went quite well and I think a lot of people learned about some of the hardships of developing VSTO applications and how to get around them. Just remember VSTO is real cool but de dependence of the team on Office and the fact the they have to ship both with Visual Studio and Office, who are on a very different shipping schedule, presents some unique challenges. Still a very cool tool.
You can download the slides and samples here
On June 13 and 14 Microsoft is hosting the Dutch DevDays in Amsterdam. And to spice up their marketing campaign they asked a few Dutch MVP's and user group leaders to be in the campaign. So the add with me is out, guess all I have to do now is get an agent and wait for the modeling request to start coming in
Then again maybe I should not give up my day job quite yet.
Anyway here is the ad.
Hope to see you there!
And if your question isn't there just email him so he can add the question.
SO I didn't blog about the last few days at the MVP summit. That isn't because we didn't hear any new information, in fact we heard plenty of it but most of it is under NDA so I cannot comment on it quite yet. But what I can say is that there are some cool things coming
. Not that all our problems are going to be fixed, no the powers that be are going to leave some, and probably introduce some new ones in the process
, but some of my headaches are being addresses.
And of course LINQ is big feature and well blogged about and remains exciting stuff. In fact Anders gave an excellent presentation showing some new stuff.
Well a few last meetings to attend to and a last dinner and tomorrow I fly back to the Netherlands. Not really looking forward to the flight and the time difference, in fact I still haven't really adjusted to the pacific time zone and I am a little short on sleep.
But it was great to be here and I am already looking forward to the next summit
Of course there is the little matter of being renewed in the mean time….
So today the MVP Summit starts for real. Yesterday we had a party organized by Jeffrey Palermo, he did a real good job in getting everything organized and getting sponsors for the event. Thanks Jeffrey!
The part was fun although the conversation topic was mainly about computers, o well what can you expect it you stick 200 computer geeks in a bar
A few more pictures and I won't bore you any more with this party
One of the things I always disliked is that unit testing was only available in the enterprise VS2005 SKU, just like professional developers don't need or use unit testing. Yeah right, that is one of the hallmarks of a professional coder is you ask me. So I, amongst others, complained about this to Microsoft and it appears we have some influence because they have decided we are right
and the next version of Visual Studio will include unit testing in the professional SKU as well. Well what can I say other than a great big THANK YOU!
Hope I can blog more about stuff we are told this week but I am kind of doubting that as most, if not everything, of what hear will be under NDA.
Stay tuned for more though!
So I am in Seattle for the MVP Summit and one of the effects of the time difference is that I was awake very early. And the weather not being all that nice I decided to play around with Photomatix and Photoshop for a bit
Last week I added an HDR picture I shot during my weekend in Rome. As I mentioned that version was done using a few low res jpeg files and I would redo it when I got my hands on the original raw files. Well I have the raw shots and have redone it. And the effect is so much nicer
So I guess a bit off topic but I like the picture.
So I have been a bit quite these last few weeks. Well a small side trip to Rome was part of the reason
. This is a HDR
picture taken at night in the Forum. The picture is actually created from three small JPEG's I will redo it with the original RAW images when I get them from my girlfriend who is sort of monopolizing my EOS
But more importantly I have been preparing for the MVP Summit next week. We, that is a lot of MVP's, will be in Redmond for the annual MVP Summit and exchanging ideas with the product teams. So if you have anything that you think needs to be brought to the attention of the VB team let me know and, if I agree with your opinion, I will see that it happens. So just leave a note or email me.
Looking forward to next week!
We are organizing a Code Camp event on may 12th in the Netherlands. Let us know if you are interested in hosting a session or just attending. More information can be found at http://www.code-camp.nl
See you there!
So it isn't officially called Service Pack 2 but it is still the long awaited VS2005 updated for running on Vista. I haven't tried it myself yet as I am not running on Vista yet, that will happen later this year when I get a new notebook.