Too much to see at the MDC Detroit

I’m not normally overly excited about the large Microsoft events, however, I’m really looking forward to the MDC Detroit next week.

The idea behind the show is that it’s taking the most critical sessions from PDC and repackaging them in a one day format.

I’ve had a chance to go through a lot of the content and see what all is going to be show. The cool part about it is that the vast majority of the talks are doing a demo. This is a big departure from a lot of the multi-city roadshows that Microsoft puts on and it’s a good thing. You’ll actually get to see code running. You’ll see applications being built. The other thing is that these demos are real world. It’s not hello world style demos. In my talk, I’m actually building a full line of business HR application that reads and writes from the database.

The talk that I’m doing is the Silverlight talk. Those of you who know me are not shocked by that. 🙂 The cool part is that there are two parts to the talk. First, I’m going to show what you can do with current and shipping technologies. Then I’m going to show you what’s coming next.

Web technologies not your bag, there’s still plenty to see. Specifically, there are three different tracks. I’m in the Client and Presentation track. I’m just happy that there’s a lunch between me and Billy Hollis. That’ll give the audience to forget how awesome he was before coming and hearing me.


Time Table Azure Services Platform for Cloud Computing Client and Presentation Tools, Languages and Framework
7:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30-10:00 Ron JacobsThe day starts off with a keynote presented by Ron Jacobs. If you’ve not heard Ron speak before, you’re in for a treat. He’s a dynamic and engaging speaker on any topic.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Brian PrinceA Lap Around Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform
Brian Prince
Jeff Hunsaker
Jason Karns
ASP.NET and JQuery
Jeff Hunsaker
Jason Karns
Bill WagnerThe Future of Managed Languages: C# and Visual Basic
Bill Wagner
11:30-12:30 lunch
12:30-1:45 Jennifer MarsmanDeveloping and Deploying Your First Azure Service
Jennifer Marsman
Billy HollisDeveloping Data-Centric Applications Using the WPF DataGrid and Ribbon Controls
Billy Hollis
Delbert MurphyA Lap Around “Oslo”
Delbert Murphy
Darryl Hogan (note that Darryl didn’t send in a photo.)
1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-3:15 Jeff BlankenburgA Lap Around the Live Framework and Mesh Services
Jeff Blankenburg
Josh HolmesBuilding Business-Focused Applications Using Silverlight 2
Josh Holmes

Randy Pagels
Tony Jimenez
A Lap Around VSTS 2010
Randy Pagels
Tony Jimenez

3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:45 Chris WoodruffDeveloping Applications Using Microsoft SQL Data Services
Chris Woodruff

Carey Payette
Jeff McWherter
ASP.NET 4.0 Roadmap
Carey Payette / Jeff McWherter

Jay WrenAn Introduction to Microsoft F#
Jay Wren

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