What do you want to see?

We're in the process of scheduling our Australia and New Zealand MSDN Updates for the year. The plan at the moment is to have a major (all day or afternoon/evening) event each quarter, and a presentation at the local user group in the off months. The big question is - what do you want to see at these events (big and small)?

The current (subject to much change) plan looks like this:

1st Quarter: Web Development
Aug WebCentral Training
Sept From Woah to Go with ASP.NET and turn key web sites templates (.NET Nuke)
Oct Extend the reach of your VB 6.0 Applications into the Mobile World with the .NET Compact Framework.
2nd Quarter: Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade!
Nov Move your ASP code to ASP.NET
Dec You waited for Web Services to have Security, Transactions etc, well wait no longer!
Jan Start getting Ready for Longhorn Today! Upgrade your Windows Applications to GDI+ and scale them with 64 bit Power
3rd Quarter: Connected Software
Feb Application life cycle with emphasis on the build process and the all new Team Services
Mar Build Secure Office Applications and integrate with your legacy systems with Infobridge
Apr Mobile Developers Conference (MDC)
4th Quarter: Futures
May Developer Features in SQL Server 2005
June Rodeo Days – Giving Longhorn a ride
July Ready Set Code! The best of VS 2005

Tell us what you want though!

Comments (7)

  1. Serdar Kilic says:

    Welcome Andrew! I’d actually like to see more on using WSE, this some pretty cool technology yet the lack of "press" coverage amazes me.

    And for what future holds for us, I’d like to see some more on Indigo.

  2. I’d prefer to see the content rolled into the user group scene, at least in Sydney. Two events per month is enough, and the MSDN Update venue is Sydney is a bit out of the way.

  3. Serdar Kilic says:

    Adding to Nick’s comment, I’d just like to add that having at least two sessions in seperate venues is great. My work now takes me out west and I really can’t drive into town to meet up at 6 for the SDNUG, but the SSW meetup at Microsoft is much more accessible.

  4. William Luu says:

    Hi Andrew, welcome to the blogosphere 🙂

    Great to see the topics you’ve listed.

    Serdar, I think that the WebServices part that Andrew has listed is basically using what is available today in WSE, as without WSE you can’t actually do things such as WS-Security.

    I’m looking forward to attending some of those MSDN Updates when they come around to Melbourne.

  5. Serdar Kilic says:


    I’ve implemented security for a web service by turning off anonymous access and enabling Basic Authentication, but I sure hope you’re right 🙂

  6. William Luu says:

    Maybe we’re thinking of diffrent things? I’m thinking about encoding SOAP messages, doing P2P type stuff with WSE. Well, that’s what I assumed by Andrew’s post that stated for December: "You waited for Web Services to have Security, Transactions etc, well wait no longer!".

    I just immediately assumed that meant the WS – (the GXA) stuff which has been implemented using WSE.

    Which reminds me, I remember Nigel Watson did a lecture on my campus last year about GXA.

    And if you want to find more info, just check out oasis-open.org and ws-i.org. Or just google for WS-Security, WS-Transaction, WS-Attachments (did a research paper on this one), and a few others.

    Or are we still talking about two seperate topics Serdar?

  7. Serdar Kilic says:


    Sorry I wasn’t clear enough, the points you are making are valid in regards to security and transactions. I was trying to point out, half-jokingly, that simple security can be implemented with the minimum of fuss and changes to ones code. WSE based security stands up on top compared to basic auth in terms of security, but you have to admit setting up basic auth is much simpler (which for my goal was just what was needed).

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