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!!