OK, so I won't be accompanied by a full orchestra, and if past experience is anything to go by, I won't expect a lot of groupies. But, I do have a couple of presentations coming up that I wanted to plug. While I know this sounds like a cliche, getting out and about talking to real architects and developers who use our stuff is one of the best parts of my job. It's fantastic to be able to connect to so many people via blogs, forums and webcasts, but face-to-face presentations and discussions still can't be beat.

The first event I'm presenting at is the patterns & practices Summit, right here in sunny Redmond. The event starts tomorrow, Monday October 9th, and my session (on Enterprise Library vNext) is on the first day - so if you were hoping to attend but haven't registered yet, I think you've missed your chance. But if you're already signed up, please hunt me down and say hello. And while this event doesn't let us travel to exotic locations, this does mean that we were able to sign up heaps of great presenters from the patterns & practices team and other related groups in Microsoft (not to mention some fantastic external speakers).

The other event on my schedule is a little further away, both in time and (for me at least) distance: I'll be coming to TechEd Developers in Barcelona, which runs from November 7th to 10th. I'll be presenting on Enterprise Library vNext, as well as Software Factory Futures. Don Smith will also be coming along, presenting on the Web Service Software Factory and Proven Practices for Implementing Services. We plan to spend plenty of time hanging out at the booth giving out free stuff (and even more time checking out the pubs and clubs of Barcelona :-), so if you're planning on coming to this event, please stop by and say hello.