Sunday was the first of two pre-conference days before the conference starts for real on Tuesday. Sunday proved to be very worthwhile. Firstly it has been a chance to catch up with many faces from the past - colleagues and customers (hi again all!). It also was an opportunity for a lie in - with sessions not starting until 10am - yippeeeeeeee!
I think Microsoft has done a great job of the "The Big Room" - it contains commnet (works a treat - just remember to sign out of passport and to not associate your login details with any website as machines stay logged in!), a great shop full of excellent books, t-shirts that fit and gifts for the kids, an area full of Windows Vista boxes (using one right now) and a great chill out area with thick carpet and comfy sofas - superb :) The hand on labs are also situated here - but they start on the Tuesday.
Now - down to the session I attended. I went for the VSTS session as I have done nothing with it so far - but have in the past dabbled (and more!) with team development software, agile methodologies etc. I learnt a lot during the day - but for my taste it was all a bit slow and a bit dry. The presenters clearly knew their stuff - but something was missing for me to make it into a compelling day. A few bits and bobs which caught my eye:
There was lots of other cool stuff (I mean useful stuff - sorry, been in the US nearly 3 days) as VSTS is a huge product. A conclusion I reached was that Microsoft needs to work on making sure VSTS does not look "too big" for smaller development shops to pick it up. I need to spend a little time thinking on this.