The things we do to make PDC great….

Monday we start our 2nd set of dry runs for nearly all the breakout sessions content at the PDC.  These dry runs not only serve as an excellence forcing function to get the talks done, but they give the MS folks here in Redmond a chance to see the PDC content before the event. 


Last week’s dry runs were a lot of fun, the talks are really coming together.  I did a dry run for part of my precon and got some excellent feedback.  I also enjoyed watch many other sessions including HPC, VS futures talks, a really great Avalon talk.


I know I have a few Microsoft employees that read my blog… I’d like to encourage you to attend as many of these as possible and to forwad to your freinds and co-workers.  The full (and up to date) list is here… it includes room numbers, etc: http://pdc2005/Shared%20Documents/PDC05%20Dry%20Run%20Schedule%20-%20Audience%20Viewing.xls (sorry, only works for internal folks, see everyone else at the PDC)


Here is a very small sampling of “my picks”…


Monday (8.29)

8:00a.m. – 9:15a.m.


Extending Workflow Capabilities with Custom Activities

Dennis Pilarinos; Dharma Shukla


DAT 209

“WinFS” Future Directions: An Overview

Shishir Mehrotra




Choosing the Right Presentation Technology: Windows Presentation Foundation (“Avalon”), Windows Forms, ASP.NET, IE, and More

Arik Cohen; Michael Wallent

11:45a.m. – 1:00pm


“InfoCard”: Developing Federated Identity Applications Using “InfoCard” and the Windows Communications Foundation (“Indigo”)

Andy Harjanto


2:00p.m. – 3:15p.m.



The Art of Building a Reusable Class Library Part II



3:15p.m. -4:30p.m.


Programming with Concurrency (Part 2): Multithreaded Programming with Shared Memory

Joe Duffy


4:30p.m. – 5:45p.m.


Tips & Tricks: Scrubing Source Code for Common Coding Mistakes (FxCop and PreFast)

Nicholas Guerrera





Tues (8.20)

8:00a.m. – 9:15a.m.


CLR: Leveraging Dynamic Language Features

Erik Meijer

8:00a.m. – 9:15a.m.


CLR: Writing a Dynamic Language Compiler in One Hour

Joel Pobar; Joe Duffy



Windows Mobile: New Emulation Technology for Building Mobile Applications with Visual Studio 2005

Barry Bond; Amit Chopra

11:45a.m. – 1:00pm

TLN 319

Windows Presentation Foundation (“Avalon”): Adding Rich Design-Time Support to Your Custom Controls

Mark Boulter

2:00p.m. – 3:15p.m.


Windows Communications Foundation (“Indigo”): A Deep Dive into Extending the Channel Layer

Kenny Wolf; Yasser Shohoud

3:15p.m. -4:30p.m.


Windows Forms: Harnessing the Power and Flexibility of Windows Forms 2.0

Erick Ellis

4:30p.m. – 5:45p.m.


C++: Future Directions in Language Innovation by Herb Sutter

Herb Sutter


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