Adventures on the way BACK from TechEd: The Problem with Falling Doors

The way back was mostly uneventful. Since I did not sleep at all the night before, I was sleepy and dozed through most of the flight time.   On the second flight (Newark to Seattle) I was sitting in the front row in coach, with more legroom than first class, enough room to work comfortably…


TechEd Boston – Day Five: The End is Here

Today at 9am Don and I repeated the Service Factory chalk talk. Since this was fairly early in the morning, and also after the attendee party, we didn’t expect too many folks to show up. We were pleasantly surprised to have about 20 people show up, including good friends like Stuart and Patrick from Corillian….


TechEd Boston – Day Four: Modeling and Sea Levels

Today I had no speaking “duties” (L), which meant that I had more time to talk with folks (J). I started the day discussing modeling and tooling techniques and mechanisms for architecting services (an approach not too different from the Service Factory in principle, only a lot more graphic).   Writing software is just too…


TechEd Boston – Day Three: 2 chalk talks and 2 fun guys

The morning started with a discussion on Reliable Messaging with one of the attendees. Over the last year I’ve spoken to literally hundreds of folks (customers, partners, conference attendees, etc.) and it’s interesting to see the same questions come up again and again, and people coming up with the same solutions, often making the same…


TechEd Boston – Day Two: A scary tale with a good ending and 2 back-to-back parties

This morning I gave my talk. I was working on the demos and slides until late last night, completely ignoring the first rule of presentations: get a good night’s rest before your presentation. With ruby red eyes I managed to drag myself out of bed in the morning, go through the morning routine, and by…


TechEd Boston – Day One: Familiar faces and cool customer stories

The first “real” day of the conference was great!   This morning started out pretty nicely. I am staying on the 15ht floor at the Boston Park Plaza, which is a “hotel within a hotel” with its own concierge and lounge, so breakfast was just a few steps away from my hotel room. Now that’s…


TechEd Boston – Day Zero

Well, opening on Sunday was an interesting idea. I’m not sure I’m thrilled by it.   Since I had a lot of time this morning until the conference started, I decided to walk from my hotel to the convention center, and stop at a restaurant in China Town to have lunch. I ate at Chau…


Adventures on the way to TechEd

Boston. The Cradle of Liberty. Home of TechEd 2006. The city that’s far, far away from Redmond J   Someone had a brilliant idea to start TechEd on Sunday afternoon, which given travel time and time-zone differences meant that I needed to travel on Saturday to get there. Oh well.   On Friday a friend…


TechEd 2006 in Boston

Here’s the list of my TechEd talks.   CON312  (WinFX) Windows Communication Foundation: Building Reliable and Transacted Distributed Services   Day/Time: Tuesday, June 13 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM  Room: 109 AB Speaker(s): Shy Cohen What do you do when your network connection breaks halfway through a request? If your application consists of several services, how do…