Microsoft TechEd 2006 have started here in Chennai, India. Today, I attended couple of sessions in Architect track and couple of sessions on Data (SQL) track.
The Architect sessions which I attended were cool and the best session for me today is "CLR integration with SQL Server 2005". I guess the organizers didn't expect much crowd for this session. You know what? the room was jam packed and there were atleast 50 to 60 guys watching the session by standing in the corner of the room. I was one among them :) This session was conducted by Nauzad (MVP) and the way he drived the session was really interesting.
The take away gift for the day (hope they would give me something tomorrow also :) ) was a beautiful looking Umbrella. Its really cool.
I was disappointed when I couldn't find Abhishek (MVP Lead) today. Its quite sometime since I met him in-person, thought would catch up with him today :(
Also this is the first time Anand (Manager of CNUG) was also missing in a TechEd event. If my memory is right, he used to be around either taking sessions or answering questions in the expert zone in the past.
Why would one be interested in .NET Framework 3.0 now?
I was wondering why on earth a person should attend sessions on technologies or tools which are targetted for .NET Framework 3.0!! (Though I attended couple of sessions myself :) )
To my knowledge, those technologies are still in very early stages of beta and they are surely bound to change. More over just ~6 months back products relating to .NET Framework 2.0 have been released and shouldn't people concentrate and understand products released for this framework?
Don't you think we should learn something which we could try out in our projects now (for the money we have spent for TechEd). Rather than spending time on future products which you can't try out anywhere in your projects now. I am not saying we should not know about the future or road ahead of Microsoft. Those are good to know but not the need of the day! Moreover, those things we might need to understand / research ourself with the help of search engines, Microsoft.com etc., I am sure Abhishek is going to kill me for talking like this :)
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