Now that day 1 of TechEd: Developers is behind us it's time to have a look at the high- and lowlights of this first day at the conference.
The day after the highly appreciated pre-conference on ASP.NET AJAX by Jeff Prosise kicked off with the traditional keynote. Simon Brown, Eric Rudder, Eric Lee and Anders Hejlsberg went through some pretty big announcement and showed off some of the cool new stuff. Though I'm personally not a big fan of keynotes, I think this one gave a good teaser for the topics to be covered in more depth during the rest of the conference. Parimal has posted some pictures of the keynote here.
The breakout and whiteboard sessions in the web development track ran - with a single exception - as expected. Especially the overview talk of ASP.NET AJAX and the talk about the new Web Development features in Visual Studio "Orcas" were appreciated. I know it's very unfortunate that some people weren't allowed to get in the room as some sessions were full even a quarter before the sessions started. But that's the policy: full is full. Don't blame me ... I wasn't able to get it neither :-(.
Tomorrow we have 9 (!) new web development related sessions scheduled:
- DEV349 - ASP.NET: Developing Data-Driven Web Applications with .NET Language Integrated Query (DLINQ)
- DEV210 - Windows Live Developer Platform
- DEV344 - ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit Unleashed: Creating Rich Client-Side Controls and Components
- DEV002 - DEMO: 10 Undiscovered Features of ASP.NET 2.0
- DEV235 - Internet Explorer (IE) 7: What's New for Developers?
- DEV348 - Extending ASP.NET 2.0 with Custom Providers
- DEVWD16 - Using Visual Studio Team System to Design, Develop and Test Enterprise ASP.NET Web Applications
- DEVWD28 - Exploring New Functionality in Internet Explorer (IE) 7
- DEVWD23 - AJAX, ASP.NET and You: All About Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX
As you can see the content varies from client to server and tools. I hope you all will enjoy.
Oh and tomorrow evening there are the country drinks. If you plan to attend the French, Luxemburg or Belgian one: see you there!