October, 2008

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    Wireless at PDC 2008


    Update (10/28 12.30AM):  Make sure to use MSFTINET as SSID when connecting to wireless network. It is an open network (does not require key or password).

    A few months ago, I “signed up” to be part of the PDC  virtual planning team and my role was to take care of wireless (802.11) experience for the several thousand PDC attendees. Given the geeky nature of the audience, it was a challenge that had to be taken very seriously.

    So what does it mean for you, the PDC attendees? You can get to the wireless network and browse the internet from most locations within the Los Angeles Convention Center. “Most locations” means that you may not be able to browse from within the restroom :) but you can at common locations like keynote room, internet cafes, lounges, breakout rooms where people congregate.

    The keynote room was the biggest puzzle we had to solve. More than ever, many people use their laptops, smart phones and other internet enabled devices these days during conferences. Having several thousand people in one big room and every person using their array of devices, actually pushes the limit of physics to a greater extent.

    In order for our attendees to have the best possible wireless experience at keynote, we realized a conventional wireless deployment may not work and we’re trying some innovative hardware and scaling it for “PDC level” experience. Infact, on the keynote this morning, we had more than doubled our usual capacity!!! I’ll blog more about it as the event progresses.

    Also don’t forget to check out the mobile PDC experience at http://m.microsoftpdc.com/

    Keep browsing!

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    Happy Diwali


    Diwali_Diya Happy Diwali everyone. For the curious Diwali is the biggest Indian Festival. In US terms, it is sort of like Christmas and July 4th put together in one event! It is that big and fun!

    This year Diwali is on Monday, October 27th, the same day as PDC Day1 when all the big announcements were made. It is a very exciting day. Enjoy!

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    Public Sector Webcast: Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Developers


    I will be presenting a webcast tomorrow (October 15th) for public sector developers on how they can leverage Dynamics CRM platform to build line of business applications.

    Date: Wednesday 10/15/2008, from 2:00PM- 3:00PM EDT

    You can register for the webcast at the below URL


    Below is the overview on what I’ll be presenting

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 uses familiar components such as Web Service endpoints, Windows Workflow Foundation, SSRS reporting, and more; making it a general purpose platform for any line-of-business applications. Developers can use their existing .NET skills to take advantage of various features of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. This webcast drills into the details of such development and explains how developers can connect, extend, and embed with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. The webcast includes presentations and demos that we hope you will find informative. Please join us!

    If you’re a developer in Public Sector, I also strongly encourage you to subscribe to the Public Sector Developer Blog.

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    Meet me at PDC 2008


    Bling3Enough has been said about PDC and all the good stuff you’re going to get.

    If you’re attending PDC, make sure you read The Devil’s Field Guide to the PDC right now. I mean right this moment.

    If you’re not going to PDC, I suggest that you setup a projector in your living room, grab enough caffeine and start watching the session recordings. There are over 240 hours (10 days non-stop!!!) of video content produced just from the sessions. Besides Channel9 will ensure that you have enough to watch through the end of the year.

    I was fortunate to be part of the PDC virtual team and as a result, I am lucky that I get to goto PDC. It has been a very busy month so far and I hope all of the hard work will pay off next week at PDC.

    If you’re an ISV or any general business developer interested in Dynamics CRM, I’d be more than happy to chat with you. Make sure you remember the thing about “evangelist” from the devil’s guide.

    I’ll be posting my updates via Twitter and you can follow me here http://twitter.com/girishr. See you in LA!

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