PDC 09 – Day 1 Recap

Wow! What a first day. This year the PDC is again at Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Opening Keynote was by Ray Ozzie and Bob Muglia and they made lots of announcements around Azure and the services provided plus a whole bunch of new ones as well that will come out later in 2010.

The big first news was that WordPress has been ported and now runs in Azure. Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress made the announcement and demonstrated it on Azure.

Then it was a rolling thunder of announcements like:

These are just a few of the announcements but in my opinion the most important. There were demos of the whole end to end scenario including the last one which showed an asp.net app from inside the firewall being moved to the Azure cloud using the new models in VS 2010 and then being monitored by the next version of System Center. You’ll be able to view the entire keynote from the PDC09 site soon. Make sure to tune in this morning for the live day 2 keynote. It will be even louder 🙂

I also walked the partner and Microsoft fair and got to see a container used to host Azure in the new modern Data Center. Here’re some photos.

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I then attended a couple of sessions in the afternoon including one on the new Entity Framework 4.0. This new version will be a game changer in the ORM space. You have to download the Beta and try it.

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