TechEd Europe T-21 Days!

TechEd Europe commences in three weeks from today! As of this morning, we've finally finished locking down the sessions and speakers, which is a major milestone in the planning process. We've taken some of the feedback from TechEd US on board and made some minor adjustments here and there; I'm pretty happy with the resulting session listing. A good conference in my view is one where there are three places you want to be at once, and I think we're close to achieving that.

To whet your appetite, here are a few of the conference highlights from a developer perspective:

  • DEV301/2/3: Prashant Sridharan is delivering a three session tour de force on the recently announced Visual Studio Team System: including code coverage, unit testing, work item tracking, source code control and class design.

  • CTS308: Clemens Vasters has built Proseware: a sophisticated service-orientated distributed application, designed with best-practice architectural principles and taking advantage of WSE 2.0 to show how real world systems can be built with these technologies.

  • WIN499: Mark Russinovich has an incredible session planned in which he makes a no holds barred, side-by-side comparison of the Linux and Windows kernels and identifies some of the architectural differences, strengths and weaknesses. This session will no doubt be both controversial and educational.

  • ARC230: The Nerd, The Suit and the Fortune Teller. Clemens Vasters, Rafal Lukawiecki and Pat Helland on the convergence of service-based architectures. A Powerpoint-free session!

  • DAT307: The future of MSDE in Yukon is at last revealed by Corey Thomas.

  • DAT385: Jim Gray, Distinguished Engineer and ACM Turing Award recipient, on building large-scale spatial databases using SQL Server 2005.

  • PRE007: David LeBlanc, co-author of Writing Secure Code, presents a one-day pre-conference highlighting security lessons learned in the Microsoft "trenches".

  • GNLARC: Metropolis - Envisioning the Service-Oriented Enterprise. Pat Helland's legendary blue-sky talk on the enterprise of a decade's time.

With another 286 sessions, 42 chalk-and-talks, 60 hands-on labs, panel discussions, birds-of-a-feather, CommsNet, the exhibition and Microsoft pavilion, and ask-the-experts areas, there will hopefully be plenty to hold your interest! I'll be running around a little bit but hope to meet up with some of you there. I'm also delivering DAT318, a session on CLR integration into the SQL Server 2005 engine; I've delivered variations of this talk for a number of months to partners in the UK but am looking forward to showing off many of the enhancements made since Beta 1 with some refreshed demos.

If you're a blogger attending TechEd Europe, be sure to register your blog at The guys did a fantastic job of covering the thousands of blog entries from delegates at TechEd US, and this site will be the top place to visit if you want up-to-date information on what's going down there.

Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ll be there so hope to get the chance to finally meet you! Glad to see is being supported at the euro event too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can’t make it I’m afraid, I was invited to speak in the ‘Ask the Experts’ section as well! 🙁 Gutted.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Well looks good for our trip. Mind you I could kill however came up with the schedule 8:30am to 7:30 pm no much time left over.

  4. Anonymous says:

    While it’s nice to have the list of sessions, it’s going to be a pain to print them all out at something like 5 per web page.

    Is there nowhere you can go where there is a "Print All" selection ?

    (As opposed to List All which lists them only in 5 or 6 per page mode)

    Note to Phil: invited to "speak" ? ATE used to be answering users’ questions rather than speaking. (Sour grapes – I was ‘gutted’ when I *wasn’t* asked to "speak" and here you are giving away your place. Grrrr…)

  5. Anonymous says:


    I’ll post up a spreadsheet later today with this information in. Incidentally the attendee website has a session voting page that has all the sessions on one place.


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