What a refreshing experience. Don’t get me wrong – I love TechEd. I love the PDC. There are enormous amounts of information presented at these large-style conferences. …and the information is pretty much delivered in a monologue. The audiences are just too large for a dialog.
I get to hang out and brainsuck at the Applied XML DevCon this week, and I’m having a blast. Tim Bray already blistered one of the folks on my team for something he said on his blog. Matt was able to respond. It’s a dialog full of opinions, best practices, etc. Tim Ewald calls this type of event “boutique events”. I forgot how much I love these gatherings. There’s two folks in front of me – one who fired up Whidbey to create a web service. The other guy is walking thru some XSD code.
Time to get back to the talk….