Today was the formal launch at the Hilton. A pretty swish venue.
The keynote was quite good, but I think the best session was Dave Glover’s overview of ASP.NET 2.0 - probably the most relevant to me too.
The other highlight (apart from all the freebies from the vendors’ expo) was chatting to Joel Pobar. While he wasn’t presenting today, it was good to let him know how excellent his talk at this year’s CodeCampOz was. I’m pleased to hear he’ll be back again next year. He also had some interesting things to say about what it is like working at Microsoft in Redmond, and some of the challenges he is working on for the next version of .NET (eg. Concurrency and Versioning).
As you may know, because I’m currently visiting Sydney instead of being in Adelaide, I’m attending the Sydney events for the Visual Studio 2005 Launch.
This evening I went to the Microsoft offices in North Ryde for what turned out to be a drinks and pizza evening.
Not personally knowing anyone at an event is a bit strange when you are used to always knowing someone when you go somewhere in Adelaide. However I did get to meet and chat with Rob Caron, who’s blog I happen to read regularly, so that was a nice highlight.
I also chatted with some nice Microsoft people, and got a few nice freebies (haven’t tried on the T-shirt yet, normally XL is my preference).