Over the past several weeks, I have been working overtime developing a presentation on web application performance to be given at the upcoming Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC), which is next week in Los Angeles. This is partly why I have been remiss about blogging this month. At least, that is my excuse, and I am sticking to it.

The presentation is entitled “Performance by design using the .NET Framework” and I am presenting jointly with two colleagues in the Developer Division, Rico Mariani and Vance Morrison. It is one of ten PreConference sessions that are scheduled to run all day on Sunday. My portion of the session is an extended discussion of optimization & scaling strategies for web applications. The scope encompasses ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight, WPF & WCF. Information about the upcoming event is here.

I have attended several PDCs in the past as a customer, and found them to be amazing events. Before the days of widespread blogging, the “Ask the Experts” sessions at the PDC were often the only way to get an authoritative answer to your question. The actual Conference sessions emphasize imminently arriving technology and future directions, aimed at the professional developer who needs to be able to anticipate and plan. The technical sessions run the gamut from Windows 7, the Windows Live Cloud computing initiatives, IE8, Surface and Windows for Workflow. There will be previews of the next version of the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and the Visual Studio Team System.

This is the first time I will be on the other side of the podium for the event. In our preCon session, Rico, Vance and I will focus on facilities available in the Framework today, including the best practices and tools we recommend to help you design & build an application that meets its performance and scalability requirements. The intended audience is experienced .NET developers.

If you are reading this blog & coming to my session, be sure to say hello. I’d like to get the chance to meet you in person.

-- Mark Friedman