It seems that most members of the the blogging community succumb to posting a “Yesterday at the -Insert Name- Conference...”, so who am I to rock the boat.

Yesterday at TechEd 2004, Mark gave his talk on “XML Today and Tommorrow”...basically a rundown on how people use our bits in the current version of the .NET Framework and some of the improvements we're making in Whidbey.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it because I was meeting with some customers, but from feedback I got from talking with several customers afterwards, it went quite well.  Rumor is there was applause when he demoed some of the XQuery functionality we're introducing.  That's good for my XQuery talk on Friday.

In the afternoon, I went an saw Dave Campbell's talk on SQL Server 2005 “Yukon”.  He went through all the new features of Yukon, several of which I had no absolutely no clue we were doing.  Sometimes we suffer from a sort of product myopia because we're too busy to understand what everybody else is working on.  Dave did a great job of showcasing everything and tying it together.  One of the interesting features I actually have been keeping an eye on is data partitioning.  I think our story there is going to be killer.

Later, I met up with Andy and Luca, of ObjectSpaces fame, and we attended a Birds of a Feather talk on Object/Relational Persistence Frameworks (and really anything else O/R related).  The delay of ObjectSpaces seemed to be a disappointment to several of the attendees.  We discussed several other available frameworks and the design/coding pains that everybody has experienced with them and ObjectSpaces.  An interesting point that one of the attendees brought up was that he'd like to see a general (pluggable) persistence framework which would enable him to persist to relational sources, XML, etc.  This is one of those ideas we've been throwing around internally for several years.

After the BOF, we met up with Mark and the four of us attempted to go a really good Szechuan restaurant called Spicy City.  Unfortunately, it was closed when we showed up at 9pm, so we decided to go back to the Gaslamp District and find something else.  I suggested Trattoria La Strada, an Italian favorite from my college days.  We had a nice, relaxing dinner which included a few courses of amazing food, a nice bottle of chianti, and some grappa to finish.  After dinner, we attempted to find some sort of a dive bar to hang out in, but Gaslamp thwarted us by only providing fine upstanding establishments.  We decided beggers can't be choosers :)

That concludes my cheesy post.