Countdown to Microsoft PDC 2009 – part 1

imageSo, we’ve reached November 1st – the day after Halloween and it’s only 15 days to the PDC! (Woohoo! :-) )

I’m travelling with two of my colleagues and we’re staying at the Omni from the 14th, send me a message (typically on Twitter: larsw) if you want to hang out before / during the conference.

A couple of days ago (give or take) Microsoft enabled the “My Sessions” feature at www.microsoftpdc.com, and today I’m presenting my first draft of my planned session list. I’m already sure of two things; a) I’ve overbooked, and b) during in the “fog of war” I won’t make it to all of the sessions.

Since I’m a Connected Systems guy, it shouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone that my session list is very CS-centric, but my #2 priority is to attend sessions about features/technology that I really want to learn more about (e.g. where I’m more or less a n00b now :-)

Since the sessions aren’t “mapped out” yet (at least not on the public site) I’ll have to wait a bit before I can do the hard prioritization.

First priority (in no particular order)
Developing REST Applications with the .NET Framework

Don Box, Henrik Nielsen

ADO.NET Data Services: What’s New with the RESTful Data Services Framework

Pablo Castro

Application Server Extensibility with Microsoft Project Code Name “Dublin” and Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Nicholas Allen

Data Programming and Modeling for the Microsoft .NET Developer

Don Box, Chris Anderson

Windows Workflow Foundation 4 from the Inside Out

Bob Schmidt

What’s New for Windows Communication Foundation 4

Ed Pinto

Queuing and Publish/Subscribe in a Heterogeneous Environment

David Ingham, John O’Hara

Microsoft Project Code Name “M”: The Data and Modeling Language

Don Box, Jeff Pinkston

Building Data-Driven Applications Using Microsoft Project Code Name "Quadrant" and Microsoft Project Code Name "M"

Chris Sells, Douglas Purdy

Scaling Your Data Tier with Microsoft Project Code Name “Velocity”

Murali Krishnaprasad

Spice Up Your Applications with Windows Workflow Foundation 4

Matt Winkler

Workflow Services and “Dublin”

Mark Fussell

Second / lower priority (In no particular order)
Microsoft Semantic Engine

Naveen Garg, Duncan Davenport

Rx: Reactive Extensions for .NET

Erik Meijer

Infer.NET: Building Software with Intelligence

John Guiver, John Winn

Code Contracts and Pex: Power Charge Your Assertions and Unit Tests

Mike Barnett, Nikolai Tillmann

Axum: A .NET Language for Safe and Scalable Concurrency

Niklas Gustafsson

Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight

Torsten Grabs

Now, I’m pretty, pretty sure that when I sum up after the PDC, the list of sessions that I’ve actually attended will be quite different :-)

From browsing through the 22 pages of sessions, I’m a bit disappointed that we won’t see Anders Hejlsberg on stage (at least not in a normal session).

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