DevTeach 2010 Recap

DevTeach is finally winding down and my sessions are all done. It’s been a great conference, as always. I have been speaking at DevTeach since the second year and it’s always a great time chatting with Canadians about software development. This year I had the pleasure of kicking off the conference on Tuesday morning with the Keynote. I did a Lap around Visual Studio 2010 and I showed fun IDE features and extensibility, showed off a couple of my favorite language enhancements, new Entity Framework 4 & WCF Data Services, new WPF designer and data binding, and Silverlight and SharePoint 2010 tools. It was fun and I think people were pumped.

Here’s some good links to check out for VS2010:

Right after the Keynote I had a session that I’ve spoken about many times before (always a crowd pleaser) on VB10 / C#4 language features which are covered in these walkthroughs, articles and videos, on MSDN:

I also did an off-the-cuff talk yesterday with Jon Aneja at lunch on using Open XML and XML Literals in VB to manipulate Office document formats.

My last session was today on Building Office Productivity Solutions with Visual Studio 2010 and according to the evals it went well just like my language talk. We created an OBA for good old Northwind Traders, bringing them into the 21st century. ;-)  I showed the new features of VS2010 that makes Office development easier focusing on RAD data binding (including WPF) and designers, ribbon and the other available designers, as well as SharePoint 2010 tools around workflow and visual web parts.

My main goal was to provide a real-world scenario and architecture but keep the demo code manageable and simple while also introducing folks to all the RAD designers available. This way you can take apart the sample easily and reuse just the pieces you need. Check out the code and all the articles here: and check out the VSTO Developer Center for more awesome resources:

Some of the new features that make Office development and deployment easier are covered in these walkthroughs:

Here are some pictures from the conference which was held at a really nice Microsoft facility in Mississauga.

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Now it’s time to get some dinner and good beer. ;-) Goodbye, Canada. Thanks for the awesome hospitality. See you next time!