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Countdown to Microsoft PDC 2009 – part 2

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image In the first installment of this pre-PDC blog post series, I published the list of the sessions I’ll likely attend and a list of sessions that would be cool to see, but that isn’t really target material (for me).

Microsoft has now published the time & location of each session, and I must say that I’m (at least at the moment) quite disappointed that www.microsoftpdc.com lacks two important features:

  • Export to Outlook / ICS. Both for single sessions and the possibility to link the whole My Sessions view into Outlook.
  • An Outlook-ish calendar view, that visualize conflicting sessions (Just like my normal Outlook calendar – when my coworkers book me for three different meetings at the same time ;-) ).

That said, I hope Microsoft hasn’t revealed all features of the PDC website yet.

Since I haven’t found the floor map for LACC on www.microsoftpdc.com (yet), I’ve scanned the floor plans from PDC ‘08. Click the picture to bring up a larger version. Note that the layout of stands/booths in the Expo area are probably different from what it will be this year.

LACC_floor_plan

Since it’s getting closer to my departure, I’ll put up a list of stuff I’m bringing both for the trip and stay – hopefully, there may be a trick or two for a first-timer travelling to a large conference.

  • Be sure to bring your passport if you’re traveling in from another country. If you’re a resident of a country in the European Union, or another country that is covered by the ESTA Visa waiver “program”, you need to register yourself here before you travel.
  • Business Cards – network, share and LinkedIn later.
  • Money / credit cards – Mo’ money, mo’ problems? Tips: bring at least two major credit/debit cards (VISA, Eurocard, Amex) and leave one your hotel room’s safe.
  • Sun glasses / Hat / Sunscreen. Here in Norway it’s mostly dark at this time of the year, but in LA, the sun is hot – protect yourself from those nasty UV rays.
  • Pocket camera / phone: voice/txt/twitter et cetera.
  • Computer(s): I’m bringing my Dell Precision M4400 and Latitude E4300. The latter is perfect to bring to the LACC at daytime – the first one is my portable workstation. I have a US power chord to my laptop’s power supplies – it’s always a hassle to bring an extra power converter to the conference center.
  • Fiber, fiber, fiber. Well – how should I put it? The American (conference) diet SUCKS. No fiber – and a lot of sugar. I need my fiber, or I’ll turn up constipated and grumpy.
  • Omega-3, Ginseng, vitamins: when traveling, remember to super charge on extra vitamins etc. An exhaustive week with jet lag and activities from 6 in the morning to late night does something to your body.
  • Sleeping aids; I’ve found some prescription-free sleeping aids that are available in the drug stores (in the US). Be sure to buy some before you leave.
  • NoDoz caffeine pills. Generally, I don’t like to pop these – but I bring them for emergency situations.
  • A good carry-on laptop bag that you can’t stuff more than a tiny computer in is at least vital to me. I’m not sure if it is to you – YMMV.

Warning: coming up is an ugly formatted HTML table with some pictures to give you a mental note if some of the items you shouldn’t forget at home :-) Mouse-over will give you a description of each item.

US power chord to your laptop's power supply. Passport - here's mine. NoDoz caffeine pills & Antibac disinfection fluid My favorite laptop carry-on from my friends in Microsoft
OMEGA-3, Melatonine, Prescription-free Sleeping Aid, Ginseng Crisp bread - FIBER!    Nutrition additive: more FIBER! Multi-power converters - shielded & unshielded

 

A last note before I end this blog post; I love TripIt as a tool to organize my trips – it’s also great for sharing information with people you’re traveling with – or people that may be in the neighborhood during your stay.


Countdown to Microsoft PDC 2009 – part 1

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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).