DevDays 2010 afterburner

Unexpectedly I was able to go to the DevDays yesterday and I had a great time. At the moment I’m in between projects so I asked if there were any tickets left for the DevDays. One of our interns bought a ticket already so I was able to take his place.

The day started not so good, it took me about 2 hours to get to the conference centre in The Hague:( Due to that I missed the keynote by Anders Hejlsberg, So I immediately went to the Avanade stand on the first floor. Our stand was pretty dominant right on top of the stairs.

The first session I saw was the session on ASP.NET MVC by Scott Hanselman. He is a great presenter. If separation of concerns is your main goal then ASP.NET MVC is your friend. I value this presentation with an 8.5

After having a nice lunch(especially the pompoen sandwich with tuna) I sat down to see the presentation of Anko Duizer on Windows Azure. Sadly enough it was quite the same presentation as last year, though it was good to get a good recap on Azure. I value this presentation with a 6.5

The next session I watched was on Windows Azure Platform AppFabric by Aaron Skonnard, great speaker, very knowledgable guy. I think AppFabric is a very interesting topic, certainly for customers of Avanade(enterprise customers in the Microsoft space). When our customers start moving to the cloud, they will also start integrating with each other and then AppFabric comes into play. I value this presentation with an 8.

I didn’t attend the last slot of the day, because I had to get my child from kindergarten. Also I did not attend the second day of the DevDays. I hope I can found some time to view some of the recorded sessions of today.My overall impression was that it was better then last year. And it is always nice to meet some former colleagues, co-workers, etc.

CU next year maybe!


Recommended sessions DevDays 2010

Every year I do a blogpost around the sessions that I recommend for the Microsoft Developer Days in The Netherlands. I don’t think I will be able to attend the event this year, but I will definitely watch some of the videos afterwards.

This would be my agenda:

Tuesday March 30:

The key-note(9.15-10.45 AM) of this year will be done by Mr C#, Anders Hejlsberg. I have never watched a session of him, but it will be interesting for sure!

Session 1(11.05-12.20 a.m.): I prefer the sessions on Azure Application by Aaron Skonnard and the ALM best practices session by my colleagues Ewald and Pieter.

Session 2(1.30 – 2.45 p.m.): Silverlight is a technology that is here to stay, that’s for sure now! And it will provide better looking user interfaces to our customers. Therefor I recommend the session on What’s new in Silverlight 4 by Mike Taulty. Other interesting session is the session on Windows Azure for Architects. Anko Duizer has the talent to exlain complex subjects in a simple manner. I always like his presentations and often he has some interesting new details to tell.

Session 3(3.05 – 4.20 p.m.): In this timeframe I see 3 interesting sessions. 1) C# 4.0 and beyond, interesting to hear from Anders himself about the new version of C#. C# and the .NET Framework is still the basics.    2) I think that the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus is one of Microsoft’s best kept secrets. Think of it as “a globally scalable application plumbing kit in the sky”. Therefor I definitely recommend the session by Aaron Skonnard on this subject.  3) If you want a more practical session I suggest the ALM best practices session again by Hassan and Edward, two great and knowledgable guys who I know for years now.

Session 4(4.30 – 5.45 p.m.): Scott Hanselman is a well known guy in the .NET community and I would definitely visit one of his sessions if I had the chance. I believe WCF RIA Services is an interesting technology, I don’t know the speaker Fons Sonnemans, but might be interesting as well. And if you are a real geek I suggest you visit the session of my colleague Alex Ries on Game Development on the Microsoft Surface.

I hope this helps you in planning your agenda for the Dev Days. Have fun if you visit the DevDays!!




K2 new release Technical and Sales Partner Sessions

The next release from K2 is almost here. This next-generation software from K2 — named 4.5 because it is the fifth release on the fourth major version of our software — focuses on greater stability and better performance and also includes some great additional features, including:

· An updated, more powerful Web-based designer, K2 Designer for SharePoint

· Inline functions, allowing process designers to include functions and calculations in processes without having to write code

· Enhanced SmartObject functionality

· Memory and performance improvements, across design time and runtime

· A simplified installation experience

To make sure K2 partners are ready for this exciting new release from K2, we are hosting a special two part How to K2: Partner Edition series dedicated to K2 4.5.

The first session, taking place Thursday, March, 4th, will provide a technical overview of what’s new in K2 4.5 and demonstrate many of the new features listed above

The second session, taking place Thursday, March 11th, will focus on the business aspect of K2 4.5 and the additional revenue opportunities it will bring to your business.

The How To K2: Partner Edition is a monthly webinar series that covers a range of topics. They may be sales-focused or technical in nature and will include the appropriate K2 subject matter for each topic.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010


09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Central Time
(US and Canada)