Sessions started at 08:00 on Monday which was definitely a bit early for some who stayed later than others at the previous night's festivities. Luckily we were not one of those, but I still didn't manage to make it in time for breakfast which meant a trip to the McDondald's down the road from the ICC.
The day did not start off well as one of the speakers whose sessions we were keen to attend, Brian Randell, was delayed at Heathrow. I ended up attending the following sessions...
- SCRUM as a Development Methodology
- Ernst Kuschke did a great job of in terms of engaging the audience in this "Chalk and Talk" session and was able to provide great insight of SCRUM being used in a real world environement along with how to approach different scenarios and aspects of the SDLC using SCRUM.
- Creating Rich Content with Windows Presentation Foundation
- Tamir Khason spoke well and his humour made the session very enjoyable. He took us through some of the background on WPF and also the ease with which some powerful functionality can be provided using XAML.
- Managing the Complete Lifecycle of a Software System - Portfolio, Project and Team Foundation Server Working together
- Chris Mengay was down from the states and provided a good overview of how, why and when these various products would be used and also the different levels of stakeholders within a project that they target.
- Introduction to Windows Workflow Foundation
- I read Hilton Giesenow's blog so it was good to see him in real life as well. He was an excellent speaker I thought and gave a great introduction to WPF including some real world examples and introductory code.
- Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework
- Bart de Smet was probably my favourite speaker at Tech-Ed 08. He was down from Redmond and exuded all the technical expertise and energy that you would expect/want to see from a Microsoft developer and it really was a privilege being able to attend his sessions. The Parallel Extensions are still in CTP, but they provide an awesome way of taking advantage of the multiple cores now available in more and more workstations and servers and with limited changes required to existing code.
- First Glance at Composite Application Library (CAL) for WPF
- Ayal Rosenberg has been involved in some large scale projects which required smart client development and he provided great insight on the previous technology, CAB and Object Builder, followed by the improvements and changes now made with CAL including its simplicity and ease of use.
- TFS Build, A Look at Customization and Extensibility
- We are busy completing our internal configuration of TFs 2008 and it was great to gain further insight into the creation of custom tasks to increment build numbers along with other automation/scheduling.
Lunch was very good it must be said and although the day was long, i.e. 08:00 - 18:30, it was really awesome although we did feel that the Expo area was a bit boring except for the MVP Community Lounge.
Below are some pictures from Day 1 along with us going to Moyo for dinner at uShaka...