Who really needs the PDC?

[Royo] feels left out because he can't make it to PDC. Well I won't be there either, and I'm really not upset about it at all.

Dude, the PDC isn't targeted at you.  You should feel bummed out only if you miss TechED. THAT is the premiere event for developers.  PDC is for early-adopters who *need* Longhorn information today in order for their product to run on it in 2005. Companies who have shrink-wrapped server or desktop products. Companies whose products, services or business model are tightly tied in to the OS. Those are the ones who will gladly spend $2K just to maybe chat with scoble in the hallway. Everyone else can just read the blogs and download the PPTs.

Choose you battles wisely and make sure you get to the TechEd. Hopefully we can meet there - I haven't seen you for what, 4 months now??

Anyway, congratulations on your new job! 


Comments (4)

  1. Roy Osherove says:

    I hope they send me to teched!

  2. anon says:

    TechEd is useless. It is a big social event full of marketing fluff oriented to marketing and IT folks. PDC drills down into real technical content on new technologies from Microsoft. The ones on COM and .NET were pivotal places where many learned details of the new technology.

  3. anon says:

    TechED has lots of great content. PDC has lots of great content. Both are full of marketing fluff (they are intended to showcase Microsoft technologies, right?). Roy is definately overreacting though (he does tend to wine a bit… like Dave Winer, only Roy doesn’t actually know what he is talking about, so it is a lot less entertaining). $2000 for a consulting shop is half a week’s work at a low rate (IBM’s Global Services programmers can easily bill that amount for a single day’s work). Considering that the speakers at a lot of MS events are paid a decent amount for their time, I doubt after paying the speakers and the bills for everything else (like using the conference center) that MS comes out too far ahead.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Eric J. Smith’s Weblog

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