Two more stops made and one more to go on the first tour of Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow!
We visited the Portland, ME area and had a great audience brave the should-never-get-this-cold cold to come to the MESDA facility in Westbrook.
[Again, thanks to Bob for being Mr. Photographer!]
We're returning with the Roadshow in May, but I'll be back in the area on April 5th at 1:30 to speak with the Maine Developer Network user group in Augusta on WCF and again on April 12th to speak with the Maine Bytes User Group on WPF in Portland.
Two days later we were in Manchester, NH. First of all, we had an amazing turnout. The turnout was so amazing that we couldn't fit in the room! If you weren't there, you missed out on Bob and I performing what we're now calling the ol' "Manchester Swap". We had an overflow room where we each took turns repeating our sessions from the main room.
[Our Manchester Zune winner, Jason Hull!]
Rest assured that we won't be in the same facility for our next visit to New Hampshire. Knowing how many of you are interested in attending, we'll find another place with plenty of room.
Thank you all for being good sports about the unusual logistics!
Some additional details from the week's questions and discussions:
- Choosing a WCF binding depends on a number of factors. Here are some resources to help you decide:
- The WCF Service Trace Viewer always generates a lot of interest. You may also want to check out the Live Service Trace Viewer which uses customized listeners to let you observe a WCF service while it is running as opposed to the after-the-fact viewing using the SDK's Service Trace Viewer.
- There were a number of questions about WCF instance management. There's a great article on instancing, sessions, throttling, etc. on MDSN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/06/wcfessentials/default.aspx
- WCF's svcutil.exe tool (which we used to create client proxies) has more features than we could cover in the session. Take a look the MSDN svcutil documentation for other options, such as service code validation, metadata document generate and other code generation options.
- There is an interesting article on Workflow Foundation (WF) performance at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Aa973808.aspx.
We're still working on a permanent home for the Roadshow materials and information, but we've gathered our content from the current tour and you can now download the presentations as a ZIP from the ArcStreamEast.net site.
We'll be visiting the Microsoft Offices in Farmington, CT on Tuesday (3/20) for our last stop until May. Registration is actually "sold out" for the event and have been taking waitlist registrations!