The Professional Developer Conference (PDC) is quickly approaching, and if you have not registered yet I would encourage you to do so. PDC is about what’s here today in terms of technology, but mostly tries to cover what’s coming. The ‘what’s coming’ part can range from months to in some cases 2 year visions, but in the case of Office and SharePoint it’s a matter of months. Here’s a taste of what’s coming to PDC for business productivity for the developer.
First the keynote. Kurt DelBene, Senior VP in Office, will be doing the keynote this year. Kurt is a very technical guy and is great when it comes to talking to developers. He understands the space and the audience very well, and it’s great that he can be there to kick off PDC for us.
Second the sessions. At PDC, Office and SharePoint have a number of great sessions. For example, some highlights on what you’ll see are:
- John Durant talking about Office 2010 development and the innovations for this space, including things like .NET-based apps for Office, Fluent UI extensibility, service integration (think Azure), and SharePoint integration with Office. John’s also going to do a lunch session to deconstruct. Developing .NET Managed Applications Using the Office 2010 Developer Platform
- Overview of SharePoint 2010 Programmability
- Developing Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Using the Client Object Model
- Paul Stubbs coding up some great Silverlight and SharePoint integrations and showing you how you can tie these two great technologies together. Developer Patterns to Integrate Microsoft Silverlight 3.0 with Microsoft SharePoint 2010
- David Ollason extending the OCS UI with Silverlight and WPF with the new support for UI customization in UC. Integrating and Extending the Microsoft Office Communicator Experience with Windows Presentation
- Rob Howard extending your SharePoint on-premises experience to the cloud by walking you through the development story for SharePoint Online. SharePoint is not Just On-Premise- Developing and Deploying Solutions to Microsoft SharePoint On
- Maxim Lukiyanov going deep on SharePoint and services. He’ll talk to the range of options in SharePoint 2010 and then go deep on WCF and REST to show you what’s possible. SharePoint is not Just On-Premise- Developing and Deploying Solutions to Microsoft SharePoint On
- Zeyad Rajabi taking you into the Open XML zone. Zeyad’s one of Microsoft’s Open XML gurus, and this represents a great opportunity to learn about the new Open XML SDK and APIs. Document Assembly and Manipulation on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Using Word Services and Open
- Steve Fox (yours truly) pulling up the hood on Business Connectivity Services (BCS), which will be on the main ways of integrating LOB systems with SharePoint and then extending this to the client. Developing Solutions with Business Connectivity Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
- Chris Mayo diving into the future of UC programmability. Microsoft Unified Communications- Developer Platform Futures
- Andrew Bybee showing you how you can integrate Microsoft xRM and Azure to create great business solutions. Developing xRM Solutions Using Windows Azure
Overall, there’s a great line-up to learn a lot about how to develop for Office and SharePoint (and even UC and CRM/xRM) as well as a ton of other topics as well ranging from Silverlight to Azure, so make sure you register today and come out to PDC ready to have your brain bleed code!
You can check out all of the sessions at PDC here: http://microsoftpdc.com/Sessions.
You can check out all of the keynotes for PDC here: http://microsoftpdc.com/. (Click Keynotes.)
And most importantly, you can register here: http://microsoftpdc.com/Registration. There’s a discount in effect until the end of October, so register today!
I hope to see you in LA!