Mon Night

 

Monday night we had a reception in the Expo Hall and there were a lot of people around.  We gave out a bunch of VSIP t-shirts and VSIP 2003 SDK bits, including the Everett Extras bits.

 

We continue to have some really interested customers who are learning of the new VSIP (it’s free now) for the first time.  There are also a number of customers who are learning, for the first time, that the beta of Everett Extras is available publicly.  We had one customer come by and I showed him how easy it was to incorporate a .NET User Control into a VS Tool Window.  He was totally enthusiastic at how easy it was to accomplish.  This gave me the opportunity to demonstrate the beta wizard for generating a VSIP package.  I’m really excited about Everett Extras and the whole VSIP team (especially the developers whom I work closely with) should be very proud of what’s being done to enable customers to solve problems and integrate their really neat features into VS.

 

Tue AM

 

I sat in on Eric Rudder’s keynote.  The audience was very enthusiastic about new features in VB, ASP.NET, Smart Devices and other newly announced products that integrate into VS.

 

I did more booth duty this morning after the keynote and things have definitely slowed down.  We got rid of the t-shirts and now only the most serious of customers are dropping by.  With nothing free to give away, except a CD with SDK bits, people aren’t as interested in hearing about VSIP and VS Extensibility.  It is good, however, to get the serious questions and have time to actually demo some of the bits for potential and existing partners.

 

Tue Noon

 

I sat in on Adam Nathan and Sonja Keserovic for their session on Managed/Native Interoperability.  Adam literally wrote the book on this topic.  He was giving his book away with signature for lucky attendees who answers certain quiz questions correctly.  (For the record, I could answer these, but I held back for the benefit of real customers.)  This was a great talk and it got me thinking that we’ve got more work to do in VSIP to make sure that we don’t fall into the traps that were demonstrated in the session and to make it easy for our VSIP partners to avoid them as well.

 

After this I went back to the booth and answered questions, demo’d EvEx some more and generally couldn’t wait to get off my feet. 

 

We had the opportunity to sample some of the fine steak of downtown LA.  Craig, Ken, Doug, Tom, Chris and my good friend Bill took a ride to one of the local establishments and enjoyed a nice dinner.

 

Tue PM

 

After dinner, Ken, Doug and I went to meet with an existing partner to demo their upcoming product and to talk about possible future directions.  It was a good demo and they’ve got a great product.  I wish I could say more, but you’ll just have to wait ‘til they go to market with this and then I’ll include more here. 

 

The hotel we went to was the Standard Hotel in LA.  The sign outside the hotel was upside down.  I had a feeling this was anything but ‘standard’.  Inside (on the 5’th floor at least) we found room labels that said “My name is: 503” instead of the traditional “Room 503”.  There were also is labels on the stairs that said, you guessed it, “My name is: stairs”.  One of the rooms had been hastily converted to a “conference room”.  The bed was still there as well as the funky modern furniture.  The shower had no door and it was a completely white room (tile, furniture, fixtures, bedding, walls, everything).  It felt more sterile than a hospital.  I was happy to get out of there and will never stay there when I travel, that's for sure.  Maybe some people like that kind of thing, but it was fairly bad in my opinion.

 

I finally made it back to the Convention Center with only 30 minutes left in the Ask The Experts session, but managed to learn of some cool Whidbey bugs customers have found and talk to some customers about Extensibility and VSIP.

 

I took the opportunity to introduce myself to Adam and Sonja whom I have exchanged some emails with, but have never actually said ‘hello’ to.  I’m sitting in the Tools & Languages Lounge now, waiting for the Birds of a Feature session on Managed/Native Interop to see what’s going on with others who do the same things that my team does.

 

Fires

 

This morning I looked at the TV News and it looked pretty grim.  The fires are still spreading and threatening even more populated areas.  The smoke & haze outside the Convention Center was even worse today than yesterday.  I estimate visibility to be less than 1 miles.  No one on the streets seemed to be alarmed at this.  SoCal attitude I suppose.