The artwork of PDCs through the years

As you might now, this PDC will be the 11th one.  I've put together the logos from PDCs past (courtesy of Steve Cellini and Robert Hess):


Has anyone out there (other than Robert Hess) been to all 10?  Do these images bring back any memories?

As with Jim Miller's transformation, I've put together a little "XAML slide show" of PDC logos.  So plop the following into XAMLPAD (if you've got the Beta 1 WinFX SDK), play the preview of "Through the Years" on MSN Music, and enjoy:

   <Grid xmlns="">
      <EventTrigger RoutedEvent="Grid.Loaded">
        <BeginAction TargetName="MyTimeline" />
      <ParallelTimeline Name="MyTimeline">
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p2" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:1" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p3" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:4" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p4" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:7" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p5" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:10" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p6" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:13" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p7" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:16" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p8" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:19" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p9" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:22" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p10" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:25" Duration="0:0:2" />
       <SetterTimeline TargetName="p11" Path="(Image.Opacity)">
         <DoubleAnimation From="0" To="1" BeginTime="0:0:28" Duration="0:0:2" />
     <Image Name="p1" Source=""/>
     <Image Name="p2" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p3" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p4" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p5" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p6" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p7" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p8" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p9" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p10" Source="" Opacity="0" />
     <Image Name="p11" Source="" Opacity="0" />

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Comments (8)
  1. Brian Barker says:

    Well, I thought I’d been to all but the first, but I have to admit I don’t recognize the "Windows NT Server" logo. When/where was that?!?

    I believe you have 4 and 5 out of order. San Francisco was in March, Long Beach in November of 1996.

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  2. That’s a great set of badges! I guess you’re right. I’ve only been at PDC 00,01,03,05, but here’s a list from the "sold out" shirt at PDC03:

    Jun 91 (Seattle): Windows

    Jul 92 (San Francisco): Windows, Windows, Windows

    Dec 93 (Anaheim): Win32 and OLE

    Mar 96 (San Francisco): Microsoft Belatedly Discovers the Internet

    Nov 96 (Long Beach): Windows NT5

    Sep 97 (San Diego): Windows NT5 (Again)

    Oct 98 (Denver): Windows NT5 (last time, we promise)

    Jul 00 (Orlando): .NET in the Hizzouse

    Oct 01 (LA): Was that a Hailstorm in California?

    Oct 03 (LA): The Longhorn Stampede Begins

  3. Keith Hill says:

    I’ve been to: 93, 96 (Moscone), 97, 00, 03 and now 05.

  4. Shaunt Gharibian says:

    PDC 05 will be my second PDC (03 was my first)

    Then again, i was only five years old when microsoft had its first PDC in 1993 😉

  5. Does anybody know if there are PCs available at the PDC which have XAMLPAD installed so I can view this XAML? The Windows Vista machines, that are able to run Internet Hearts, don’t seem to have the WinFX SDK installed ;(

  6. mark-allen says:

    > Has anyone out there (other than Robert Hess) been to all 10?

    Robert Hess’s first PDC was in 1633, where he handled the Vatican’s web site for Pope Urban ‘Bill’ Gates XIII during the trial of Galileo Galilei and attended sessions such as, "The Inquisition: A Good Idea or What?" and "Does XML Mean 10-1000-50 or Absolutely Nothing, Say it Again?". He also covered a session for a speaker who was eaten by a lion on ".Pope: The Future is Divine".

    His major step forward during this time was proving that the book, "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems", was not in fact written by Galileo but was ghosted by an unknown upstart by the name of Friar Scott McNeali, a unkempt, uncivilzed ex-friar from the small unknown church called "House of the Rising Sun". Speaking before Pope Urban Bill, Robert built his case using his deep knowledge of documented code and copius script samples. Friar Scott was convicted and sent to a land far away.

    The Pope, with the urging of his top advisor, Cardinal "Muscles" Ballmer, blessed Robert Hess and gave him the new land around "Silicon Valley" as his thanks.

    More later.


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