I spent 5 of the last 7 days speaking at the Web Services DevCon
The DevCon was a blast, with tons of great talks. The
crowd favorite was Clemens Vasters' presentation - he showcased all
the things you could do with the extensibility hooks built into
ASP.NET's WebMethods plumbing, and how well you can integrate it
with the rest of the Windows platform (i.e., COM+, WMI, etc.). It
rocked. I also really liked Noah's talk, which provided the kind of
insight into XML Schema that you can only get from someone who was
deeply involved in the creation of that very important language. For
excellent DevCon coverage, see
Brian Jepson's blog. Also check out the comments form the evals.
My DevCon sample code is available here.
Win-Dev was great too. There were a ton of old friends around, and Chris Sells
Aaron Skonnard, Craig Andera and Fritz Onion all stayed at the house. I did
a bunch of fun plumbing talks, but the highlight for me was really the keynote.
I've been talking at Win-Dev for many years, so it was fun to headline. I talked
about the state of Web services, open issues, and some of the ways I've been thinking
about using Web services at MSDN. It got a good response, especially from Chris, who
I inspired (see my next post, above).
My WinDev sample code is available here.