There was a lot of good sessions and fighting for too few spots TechEd this year. It was brutal, and I mean brutal. There were hundreds of recommendations, fewer total session spots then last year, a new security track, VSTS sessions, and a Business Applications (MS CRM) track. About 90% of all session recommendations were cut. Ouch!
Bottom line, there are only two dedicated C# sessions this year. I tried, I really, *really* did. We had more last year, and they were all very highly rated and attended. That said, there are still plenty of other good sessions that should interest C# developers (I'll blog about them lest you get a bad opinion overall).
One of my biggest issues is that the Smart Client track focuses way too much on Office. Office already has a dedicated Office Developer Conference, so I personally don't think that more then half (14 out of 23) sessions needed to be dedicated to Office. Here's a quick breakdown
Like I said before, there are only 2 dedicated C# sessions (and only 2 dedicated VB sessions for that matter, but they at least got a pre-con). So does this mean there are more InfoPath developers or VSTO developers in the world? Is it obvious that I'm bitter because I wanted more C# sessions?! Yes. Can you tell that the Smart Client track was run by someone in Office?
Here are some gems that we had planned that got cut:
We also have a number of Instructor Led Labs, but sadly these are on the chopping block (please reply with comments if you would like hands-on instructor led lab listed below)
Hands-on Instructor Led Labs (assuming they get approved)
My question to you: What is the best mitigation strategy for cut sessions? Here are some options (feel free to suggest more)
Thoughts, ideas, opinions and suggestions welcome!