Thursday, June 15, 2006

TechEd 2006 has started here in Chennai ...

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.

Today's Disappointment

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, etc., I am sure Abhishek is going to kill me for talking like this :)

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Pandurang said...

For one, .NET 3.0 is the new name for WinFX. WinFX has been in BETA for almost 1.5 years now, so you can hardly call it "still in beta". It is due to release by the end of this year or early next year.

For organizations it is vital to know these changes, for developers it is vital to start playing with the BETA bits now, so that they are ready when it is out.

What you are working on now was introduced in 2004-2005. That's the pace of technology man! Keep up or be left out :)

Anand said...

Vadi, If you had been follpowing my blog, you would have known that I am not in the country for the past 2 months..:)

Sorry could not fly down to Chennai just for TechED, though I would have enjoyed being there..:)

Vadivel said...

Yes Anand I remember it now :) It was looking very different for me to see a CNUG stall without you :)

Pandu, I know WinFX would introduce us to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows CardSpace. I know .NET Framework 3.0 is nothing but WinFX.

But my point is, what could developers do on looking into LINQ, DLINQ sessions which are meant for .NET 3.0 now! I am sure what ever syntax they would be showing in the sessions would surely change in the final version. So the only thing they need to take home after the session is the "Concept" and not the "syntax". If that is the case, concepts can be read on the web. Am i missing something.

Sachin said...

I was spell bound with Sanjay's LINQ session following with Nauzad's DLINQ session. Although conceptually it looks great but it's not going to be usefull to enterprise applications (You know what I mean). It doesn't look enterprisey :)

I am with you Vadivel on this, although the SDK for LINQ, DLINQ, etc is available but I would not like to get my hands dirty as there is many areas that needs to be explored in .Net 2.0 yet.

Vasudevan Deepak Kumar said...

The pace in which the products are released are quite fast but the demand is high too and hence the version updates are imminent and mandatory.