This thursday Microsoft Techdays 2012 kicks off for Dutch developers working on the Microsoft platform. This year I’m speaking at 2 sessions on Windows Phone but I’m also going to visit other sessions during the 2 days of the conventions. Here is the schedule I made with sessions I’m planning on going to. It seems there are some really cool Windows Phone sessions but Windows 8 and ASP.NET MVC also has my interests. During the event I’ll keep you posted with updates on twitter and afterwards I’ll write my experiences in a new blogpost again. Here are the sessions I’m going to visit.
Thursday February 16th
09:15 – 10:45 – Keynote
Ofcourse I’m going to visit the keynote session that kicks off the event. This year the keynote is presented by 5 speakers: Ben Riga, Brian Keller , Serge van Schie, Theo Rinsema, Bryan Agnetta
I haven’t seen that much of asp.net 4.5 since my focus lately was on Windows Phone and Windows 8 development so I’m really curious on what Mads is going to show us here.
Since I already am quite up to date with Windows Phone Localization I’m skipping Ben Riga’s session on that subject (which is really important to know if you’re developing WP7 apps!) and going to widen my horizon to become a better “DeVigner” by improving my design skills in the session of Bryan Agnetta.
When “the Gu” is speaking on an event it’s not an option not to visit at least 1 of his sessions. I’m a big fan of ASP.NET MVC since the first technical preview but haven’t seen that much of the 4th version except for some videos from BUILD. Really looking forward on hearing what Scott has to say on this subject.
Really looking forward on this session. Scott is a reall “Gu”ru and I’m really curios on seeing him answer questions from the audience. I have some questions for him on his vision on the future of mobile and the web. Let’s see if he can answer it Another session that I would like to visit but is at the same time is: Fully leverage the Microsoft application platform with BizTalk, Server AppFabric and Azure AppFabric. Ah well I’ll watch that one on channel 9 later then.
This session is in the same room as my session that held is right after this session. Ok I’m not a starting wp7 developer but It’s good to see this session so I can adapt my session to this one if a lot of people are staying after this session for my session.
Time to do my own session. In this session I’ll give an introduction to push notifications and live tiles in your Windows Phone applications. If you are a starting wp7 developer this is the session for you. If you are a more advanced wp7 developer come to my session on friday on the Techdays on the same subject.
After my session Fons Sonnemans is doing the next session in the WP7 track. He’s going to build an application in 1 hour. Let’s see what he’s up to.
Friday February 17th
The debate on building native phone applications vs mobile web is an ongoing discussion. Let’s see what Erik can do using ASP.NET MVC4 for the mobile platform. Another session that got my attention is a session from my collegue Jesse Houwing: Code review features in TFS vNext so there is a chance I’m visiting that one instead.
This session can be really usefull if you are planning on doing push notifications for a mobile app for example or if you just want to create an app using your own created API for your website. WebAPI is a really nice new framework by Microsoft which I don’t know that much about right now. hopefully this session will give me some good info on that.
Another UX session I’m going to visit. My last project building Windows Phone applications where I worked together with Avanade UX colleagues really got me interested in the design parts so I’m exited on what Tom and Dave are going to tell us.
Picking a level 400 session as the last session on a Friday a smart choice? We’ll see. I already have experience in unit testing wp7 applications but I’m sure Olaf has some really nice tips for us.
So this is my list of sessions I’m visiting at the TechDays. Please let me know which ones you are visiting in the comments
Geert van der Cruijsen