Thursday, 18 March 2010

Techdays 2010 – Finland

I know all the talk is of Mix in Vegas this week but I wanted to wave the flag for Techdays 2010. Last week saw the biggest Techdays event in Scandanavia yet.

There were approximately 1700 delegates attending and many of them joined me in the main hall for the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 sessions on the first day.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at Techdays in a year that is seeing a great many major releases.

Visual Studio 2010 is the latest release of this important development tool. Of course it does a lot more than enable developers to write code and I'm sure my colleague Adrian Jakeman will talk about Application Lifecycle Management, testing etc. in his own time.

.NET 4.0 brings many additions and improvements to the .NET framework and I will talk about them in the posts to follow.

We (QA) have been delivering readiness partner training for Microsoft (and in some cases, training to Microsoft themselves) in the past couple of years. Invitations to this and other Microsoft Partner Conferences marks a welcome development to our relationship.

Exposure to tools and materials at an early stage means we are better prepared and qualified to deliver quality and informed training to our other customers.

I enjoyed last week very much and met many interesting people. In fact, I look forward to returning in a couple of months to deliver some Silverlight 4.0 training.

There were some "pain points" (it's a new speaker's term that I have been encouraged to use). The main one being that after having prepared all the materials, slides and demos on Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, Microsoft released Release Candidate just before the event. As this was to be the first event worldwide since the Release Candidate was announced, I was keen to deliver my sessions  using the most current version.

As I didn't have an opportunity to do anything about it before I left for Finland, I spent the night before the first day sat at the desk in my hotel room. Rewriting and revising my slides, testing my demos and rehashing my notes. I saw the sun set and then rise out of my hotel window without moving except of course for "bio breaks" (another term that I have been encouraged to use).

I made my last note at 7.30am, showered, breakfasted and walked on stage at 9.00 am.

The day literally flew by. Six 1 hour sessions with lunch in the middle. All wrapped up with a bizarre retro Cyborg buffet. But that's another Storey. I'm sorry. Story.

Thanks Helsinki !

I'll be back in further posts to talk about all the great improvements to Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0.

See you soon

Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"

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