TechEd Days 1 and 2
My trek to TechEd started early, I left for the airport at 4:00am on Sunday for my flight to Boston. Fellow ObjectSharpees Barry and Dave were also on the flight, I guess they don't value sleep either. The good news was that I had plenty of time to get to my hotel, check my bags, and head on over to the MVP event that started at 10:00.
The MVP event was very well attended. I think they said that there were 200 or 300 MVPs registered. I was only able to stay for Sean O’Driscoll’s “keynote” talk and a bit of lunch but it was good to catch up with some people that I only see at events like this.
I left lunch about 12:45 to head down to Fenway Park to catch the Red Sox and Rangers game. This was a great baseball experience, that park has so much atmosphere and history. Even with its quirks (small seats and the poles that always seem to obscure your view) it's a great place to watch a ball game. An added bonus was a really tight game that was culminated by a three-run, walk-off homer by Red Sox DH, David Ortiz.
When I left the game I headed back to the conference center for the keynote but I was so tired (I’d only had an hours sleep the night before) that I left after 30 minutes to go crash at the hotel. I was there long enough to see one of the guest appearances by Mary Lynn Rajskub who plays Chloe O’Brien on the TV show 24.
Day 2 started with a disappointing session. Well, the session was fine - it was just poorly titled. I thought it was related to SOA but it was actually on developing effective user interfaces with AJAX. This is an all too common issue with conferences, people make a decision on what session to see solely based on the title not the abstract. It mostly my fault for being lazy, my only excuse that it was early in the morning.
I finished the official conference day watching my colleague, John Lam, doing his talk on the RubyCLR. John is an amazing speaker and although I’ve heard this material and seen similar demos before, I thoroughly enjoyed the talk.
Sandwiched in between the “AJAX Incident” and the Ruby talk I caught a session and did some stuff in the Technical Learning Center (TLC) on SharePoint (the 2007 version looks like it is going to totally kick ass) and Office. There’s already lots of hype around SharePoint but I think it’s nothing compared to what we’re going to see next year. I also had a really good discussion about abstractions and whether they help or hurt developers with Bruce Johnson and members of the WCF team.
Dave, Barry and I left the conference center and headed over to the VSTS Influencers Event. Most of the time there was spent talking with members of the Visual Studio Team System for Database Professionals (formerly known as “Data Dude”) Team. Interesting stuff but mostly out of the area I live in.
The day ended going for another beer or two (did I really need more beer?) with Dave around Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. It’s a cool place to walk around, it sort of reminds me of Sparks Street mall in Ottawa. Most of the pubs (and there were lots of pubs) weren’t that busy but I’m sure it’s amazing on a Friday night in the summer.