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Speaking at FANUG

FANUG (Findlay Area .NET Users Group) has asked me to speak at their next session. I love getting the chance to speak to groups about technology.

This session will start off with a brief slide about what was announced at the PDC, and then dive into some details and code for Atlas.

I got to see a lot of Atlas at the PDC, and have played with it since. I am very impressed with it so far. It is still early in development, but I expect it will make huge strides before it is released.

If you are going to be in Findlay on Sept 29, 2005, you should drop by.


Back from the PDC

Just got back from the PDC05. This was a wonderful experience. It was total geekdom immersion. Almost like going to Disney for the first time. I was afraid to miss something. Of course, with all of the sessions, there was not possible way to see and do everything. There was a lot of walking as well.
Never got to the hands on labs, but most of the HOL docs and code are downloadable, and I am working through a few of those. Never got to the Birds of a Feather sessions either, although I really wanted to. There were just other things to do in the evenings besides BOF.
My biggest piece of feedback, which I did on their survey, was that there were too many sessions I wanted to go see, and not enough slots. I think they should add a day or two, and repeat some sessions.
Right now, my staff that couldn't go to the PDC05 are trying to go to the local global launch event. Based on the current agenda, it looks like a mini-PDC. You can sign up here for the Detroit session.
I have been playing with the bits from the PDC. Unfortunately, alot of the bits aren't yet compatible with the VS2005 PDC Release Candidate zero build. So after spending all day upgrading to RC0, I had to downgrade again to play with WWF and Atlas (more on those topics later.)
Big thanks to Drew for showing me the ropes of conferences, and introducing me to so many people. This was my first major conference, and I don't think I will ever pass another one up again.


Hello World!

Just trying out blogger. I read a ton of blogs a day, and have always wanted to do it. Two things always stopped me.
1> Do I have enough time? I run an app dev consulting practice, and that takes a lot of time. Also, I spend a lot of time with other important things, such as my family. Would I have the time to write often enough to provide value?

2> Would I have something different to say besides all those millions of other bloggers. Differentiation. I didn't think I really did, until I went to the PDC05. Something in me clicked, not sure what.

Well, we will see how often I write, and if it get's a response. I guess if no one notices, I can't get too embarassed.