Thursday, 26 August 2010

TechEd Wednesday

Morning tea - fruit and donutsWednesday started off early – that would be the sun rising at some unearthly hour. So much for sleeping in without the kids being around!

I caught these sessions:

  • DAT101 - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions (Donald Farmer)
  • DAT306 - Scalability Standouts - the biggest in the world, and how they did it (Nicholas Dritsas)
  • WEB202 - Ten Things You Need to Know to Succeed with Natural User Interface (August de los Reyes)

I was hoping to see "ARC301 - Philosophy of Software Quality" but the room was packed to overflowing. Disappointing as Joel Pobar is always worth hearing.

Donald's use of early 1900's business process manual extracts and images just goes to show that the more things change the more they stay the same. I knew that there use to be people who's job title was "computer", but didn't realise they had pivot tables (or close enough) back then.

Nicholas described some impressive stats for how some customers are using SQL Server and the kind of loads and performance that are possible.

Before August's presentationAugust picked up from where yesterday's keynote left off. Some really interesting ideas and concepts. I'll be hanging out to watch that one again when they publish it up at http://www.msteched.com/2010/Australia


Hands on LabsFrom 3.30 – 7pm I had my first shift helping out in the hands on labs. That went well, though your feet do get tired after standing up for all that time!

Some lego to play with!

So that's how they build software components!

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