Bangalore, what a hoot (from what I saw of it) - out of an entire week I had just two hours spare to look around, I guess that's what web sites are for, right ? - I can sit in the comfort of my somewhat untidy office and take a virtual tour of Bangalore, perhaps I might even recognise the route from my hotel to the conference center or to the Microsoft office :O)

The guys from the Microsoft India office did a fantastic job of hosting the event and making sure the hands on lab hardware was up and running ready for the first day of the conference (thanks chaps) - It was good to see Deekap working late into the night on his Managed application demo for the mobility session, good job on the arc drawing code deepak ! - perhaps I can get Deepak to release his code and get it hosted here...

I'm looking forward to seeing the feedback from the event, we must have had close to 1000 attendees over the two days of Windows Embedded Essentials events, if you attended it was great to see you there, comments and questions are always welcome on the eBlog...

Within a couple of hours of stepping off the flight from Amsterdam (interesting routing from Bangalore -> Mumbai -> Amsterdam -> Seattle [note the arrows denote the route, not a C++ pointer!]), I dropped into the Windows Embedded ChallengE being held at the Microsoft Redmond Campus Conference Center - this is where the similarity comes in between Bangalore and Seattle - yet another conference center ! - I was really amazed with the amount of thought and effort that had gone into the Academic ChallengE projects - most of the teams had little or no Windows CE embedded development experience and had just two months to get up to speed and build an embedded device that somehow addressed the competition topic of “Safety”.

In the couple of months leading up to the ChallangE competition we had a number of online chats so that teams could submit questions around native application development, managed application development, building and customizing user interfaces, device driver development etc... there were a number of common questions that came from a number of teams (that's what made them common questions) - I will pull together the questions and answers over the next couple of days and get them hosted here...

- Mike