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The St. Louis Day(s) of .NET was a great success. This year the event expanded to two full days of content. Over 500 people attended over 65 sessions presented by subject matter experts and Microsoft MVPs throughout the region. This is by far the largest community driven developer event ever held in St. Louis and I hope it is only the beginning.

I thought the organizers did a great job making the event approachable by beginning each day with “Jump Start” sessions. These sessions were designed to provide developers an introduction to technologies they were unfamiliar with but wanted to learn. I presented the “Jump Start: SharePoint Development” sessions and received good feedback from those that attended. I approached these sessions from the perspective of a .NET developer new to SharePoint and that seemed to resonate with the attendees.

My other session covered the SharePoint developer experience. In this session I talked about the current challenges SharePoint developers encounter and demonstrated how utilizing tools can help you become a more efficient developer today. I then finished the session by previewing how SharePoint development will become a first class citizen with the release of SharePoint 2010 and VisualStudio 2010 showing the screen shots Microsoft made public at the Worldwide Partner Conference.

I had a great time at the event and am grateful to the organizers for their efforts and for allowing me the opportunity to speak once again. I cannot wait for next year and am confident the organizers will improve upon what is already becoming a must attend event for the region.

Slides from My Sessions:

Update: STSDev 1.4 has been released and appears to offer a lot of new functionality comparable to WSPBuilder as well as resolved a number of the issues in 1.3 I discussed during my session. Thanks to the attendees in my SharePoint Developer Experience Present & Future session that brought this release to my attention. You can download STSDev 1.4 here.