Just kidding about the conquered part… but I figured this would get the blog read :-p.
Internally within Microsoft we usually send out these trip reports after we go to conferences (as I’m sure do most other corporations). Instead of writing the internal trip report and then eventually blogging about it (in a dehydrated form)… I decided to just blog about the trip and then point all the internal peeps to it. Basically my internal trip report mail will say: TechEd Trip report… read <insertBlogEntryLinkHere> for more details. So my apology if this is too lengthy for a blog post… I’m still adjusting. Any feedback is as always welcome…
TechEd 2004 Trip Report
Dan (DanMose@microsoft.com) and I went down to sunny San Diego on Sunday night. Unlike PDC 2003 the trip down to the conference was uneventful and aside from the fact that it wasn’t at all sunny (as a matter of fact even rainy Seattle was sunnier), the trip was fantastic. Our mission during the week was simple:
Host an MSBuild Cabana session on Monday: DevC26
Dan and I started by asking how many people had heard about, or used MSBuild in the past. Answer: 0 people
With that in mind we improv’ed MSBuild 101... what we are about, why we exist and why we think MSBuild will rock!! We advertised the Hands on Lab, our Friday breakout session and of course MSBuild@microsoft.com. There were about 40 people there, so this was interactive and we tried to field questions as we went. We went from there straight into ad hoc… question driven demo’s:
A few customer stories:
Host an MSBuild Breakout session on Friday: Dev356
JoeN talked about his breakout session here. I love that format and will be doing the same thing for the MSBuild breakout session. Stay tuned.
Without detailing the session itself post will contain all that, here is what *you* thought about it:
There is clearly a ton of room for improvement, and based on this feedback some pretty major changes will happen before TechEd Europe. For those of you that filled surveys and left us your comments… THANK YOU. We appreciate the feedback and will do what we can to improve the MSBuild breakout session from it. Current set of changes we have in mind:
If you were there and have additional feedback… well you should have filled out an eval :-) j/k. Please send any additional feedback to: MSBuild@microsoft.com
Monitor the MSBuild HOL through the week: HolDev356
We did not have a chance to monitor this as much as we would have liked. From the information we were able to get this was a pretty good lab. Overall we scored high, comments were positive and people seemed happy with it. From my perspective we hit a home run with the HOL, and I certainly plan on re-using it pretty much as is in future conferences. If you have any feedback on our HOL… send feedback to: MSBuild@microsoft.com. We will work to incorporate that feedback by a conference near you.
Interact with as many customers / partners as we could during the rest of our time there
Closing thoughts / qualms about infrastructure stuff
Wow, a bit larger than I had originally intended. If you got this far... many thanks for putting up with me. If you didn't... sorry about the long post.