Recommended sessions Microsoft DevDays 2009

One of my best viewed(over 750 views!) posts of last year was my post around the sessions on the Microsoft Developer Days.

Within a week from now, the Microsoft DevDays 2009 will take place in The Hague. Tickets are still available! I’ve already got mine.

I’ll try to make a nice agenda again, which has got everything in it. From great speakers till cloud computing and from Sharepoint to practical knowledge sessions which you can leverage immediately.

Thursday May 28:

The key-note(9.00-10.30 AM) of this year will be done by someone who I personally really admire, David Chappell! He is a great speaker and very knowledgable on the Microsoft era, as well as the Java world. We start the day with some Cloud perspective. David will tell you why this “cloud thing” isn’t just a hype.

Session 1(10.50-12.00 a.m.): I would like to hear what David’s opinion is around the Microsoft platform, that’s why I recommend to go for the session of David Chappell. If your interest is in WCF I would go for the session of Aaron Skonnard and if you really like ASP.NET I would opt for Ingo Rammers session.

Session 2(1.30 – 2.40 p.m.): Personally I’m very interested In Biztalk 2009 and the ESB guidance. Both are products we use at Avanade to help our customers create an Enterprise SOA. Other interesting session might be ‘A lap around VSTS 2010 Team Foundation Server’ because if you are a Microsoft developer you will need it in the future, that’s for sure.

Session 3(3.00 – 4.10 p.m.): This timeframe is full of great sessions! David Chappell on Geneva, Tony Krijnen on Windows 7, Gert Drapers on Declarative Database Development. So it’s hard to choose. But these subjects are all future stuff. Dennis Mulder, my ex-colleague and former career manager will do a talk on ALM for Biztalk developers. Very practical, which you can use immediately on your projects. I think I will support him and go see his session.

Session 4(4.30 – 5.40 p.m.): I’ve seen some whitepapers and blogposts from Aaron Skonnard, but I’ve never met him in real life. In this timeframe he will do a session on .NET Services: Moving .NET to the Cloud. I didn’t have time to play with this technology yet, but I will for sure in the near future. Definitely worth to pay a visit to this session I think.

Friday May 29:

Session 1(9.15-10.30 a.m.): Two interesting sessions in this timeframe are the session on ‘Dublin’ by Aaron Skonnard and the session on Windows Azure for architects by Anko Duizer. When I started with .NET back in the days that .NET was still Beta technology, Anko was the one who teached me C# and Microsoft.NET. Since I’ve seen Aaron already on thursday I think I will visit the session of Anko.

Session 2(10.50 – 12.00 a.m.): Every .NET developer gets into touch with Sharepoint some time. I like the work the guys from U2U are doing, it’s a shame that Patrick isn’t there anymore. I’m looking forward to the session on Jan Tielens about Sharepoint and .NET 3.5

Session 3(1.30 – 2.40 p.m.): I would like to hear some more detail on the WCF Rest Starter Kit, so I probably will end up in that session. Other interesting session is the one from Alex Thissen(great guy and speaker!) around Oslo.

Session 4(3.00 – 4.10 p.m.): Because earlier in the day I went to see the session from Anko around Azure, I think I will have to see the second part as well.

Session 5(4.30 – 5.40 p.m.): Who remains after 2 days of sessions?? Who will sit until the end in the session on Friday afternoon?? I believe this is the most horrible slot that you can get, because everybody is just tired and want to get home or grap a beer. This year we have only one speaker from Avanade on the DevDays, so I must support that:) Brian Camping will do a session on WCF best practices and pitfalls.


Hope to see you at the DevDays!

Good to know: Biztalk Adapter Pack versus LOB Adapters

Something to be careful about distinguishing correctly when you talk to customers is the difference between “BizTalk Server 2009 LOB Adapters” and “BizTalk Adapter Pack version 2.0”.  The “BizTalk Server 2009 LOB Adapters” contains adapters for TIBCO, JDE, PeopleSoft as well as versions of Oracle adapter and Siebel adapter.  These adapters are all pre-WCF and based on old adapter framework.  By contrast the “BizTalk Adapter Pack version 2.0” contains new WCF adapters including SQL and Oracle e-business suite but also again for Oracle database and Siebel.  An evaluation version of the new BizTalk Adapter Pack v2.0 can be downloaded from here.