• IE + JavaScript Performance Recommendations - Part 1

    Some useful best practices for making JavaScript work well in IE (and most likely in other browsers too)

  • Tech-Ed 2006 - Day 3

    Friday was a pretty good day. Some good talks from Mitch on extending Team Foundation Server, and a really interesting final session on Concurrency from Joel Pobar.

    The closing keynote (“locknote”) was by Dr Frank Soong. He showed some really impressive image and video algorithms that Microsoft Research have been developing. Some pretty smart guys are working there I think.

    Next year will be back at the Gold Coast, and I get the impression that I’m not the only one who was a bit disappointed with a few of the things this year. I’m optimistic that they’ll do a much better job in Queensland in 2007.

    Hopefully they can also get rid of those ridiculous barcode scanners that made us all feel like sheep when ever we entered one of the sessions.

    I flew back to Adelaide this morning, and while I enjoyed the conference, it is really nice to be back home with the family again.

  • Tech-Ed 2006 - Day 2

    As I’m staying with family instead of a Hotel with the rest of the guys from work, I have noticed that I’m not seeing as much of the other Adelaide guys as I normally would.

    Some really good presentations today. I managed to end up in four sessions that Scott Guthrie was leading. Pretty much everything I’d been hoping for. I was especially impressed that he stayed long after the specified end time for his talk about LINQ to answer questions from the audience.

    I also had some nice chats with Rob today, and he kept introducing me to interesting people and offering me to fly interstate to do my IPsec and Connection Pooling talks at their user groups! I’d be happy to go, but I suspect they’d want a bit more than a 10-15 minute talk from an interstate presenter.

    The low point today would have to have been the “party” night. I would have hoped that the organised would have learned from the last Brisbane conference when we got bussed off to a night-club. Tonight at least it was just a short walk from the convention centre, but why they figure 2,500 delegates would want to all cram into a pokey, noisy nightclub is beyond me. I’ll admit I’m not a “clubbing” kind of guy at the best of times, and maybe a lot of people like this kind of thing. However it did seem to me that a reasonable number of people were leaving very early.

    Last year was probably the best social night I’ve attended - at least at Movie World you could spread out a bit, plus the catering was excellent and if you wanted to go on a ride so you could throw up and enjoy the food a second time, then why not!It’s just a pity they couldn’t repeat the effort this year.