I had fun last night presenting to the Sydney Business and Technology User Group. We chatted about the productivity improvements that we get as developers and managers from the professional version of Visual Studio and the great enhancements to the platform provided by the new version of the .NET Framework.
I've posted my slides on skydrive, but as I said last night the slides and demos were shamelessly stolen from the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit. That's what you really want to download.
Thanks to Craig and Nick for inviting me to present.
As I said in my update, we've had an overwhelming response to our Call for Content for TechEd Australia and New Zealand. Submissions are now closed and the Track Owners are beavering away making final decisions about which of the huge selection of content they have to choose from they can actually fit into the schedule.
Look out for a first pass at about 75% of the content by the first week of July.
Thanks to everyone who's submitted content – I really believe our TechEd this year will be the richer for it.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting at the two Canberra .NET User Group meetings (I'll be presenting the same session tomorrow night at the Sydney .NET User Group).
My topic was an introduction to developing on Windows 7. We discussed the value of the platform and I reiterated the benefits of leveraging the huge amount of work done by the Windows 7 team, not just in the programming of the operating system, but also the enormous investment in usability testing and user experience design. There's some great explanation of all of the work being done in Windows 7 on the Engineering Windows7 Blog.
The slides and demos came from the excellent Windows 7 Training Kit.
I talked about the importance of using the Application Quality Cookbook to guide your development of Windows 7 applications.
The demos used the managed wrappers from the Windows API Code Pack.
I also showed off some little known windows shortcut keys, some shamelessly pinched from Jeffa's blog.
I've uploaded the deck I used to my SkyDrive.
Kim Partridge, from the PartnerTV team interviewed me last week about TechEd and why partners, in particular, should make sure they're there.
Check it out
We opened the TechEd registration flood gates a couple if weeks ago and I've just been having a look at the registration data. Proving that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Here's a little teaser:
Don't forget that the Early Bird offer expires on July 14 (notice how we've made it span the Financial Year so you can do the expenditure in either).