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Whether or not you were one of the fine fellows (or few women) in this pic, I’d love to know your thoughts about this year’s PDC.
What really blew your socks off? What are you most looking forward to getting stuck into first? Are there any questions you’d like to ask us or each other?
Let’s get a discussion going - I think it’ll be cool to make our own little UK dev community summary blog post of all the goings on. Serious, silly or somewhere in between, anything goes. I’ve seen some great Twitter comments, so let’s see what we can do with 140 characters or more…
I'll also add some PDC10 references and resources here:
Summary: What a great event! The content was excellent, informative and well delivered, with the exception of a few freezes in the steams towards the end of the evening. Fantasic food and drink put on throughout and some great company. The XBox kinnect is looking awesome as is the Windows Phone 7. The only down side, no free phones like the americans :o( Highlight of the evening was definately Steve Ballmers keynote featuring phrases such as "blah blah blah" and "awesome"! Great work!
Great event, thanks for inviting us. Shame about the food situation - not really caused by MS staff, but well handled by them when things didn't go quite to plan.
As the first time something like this had been held, it was great. Shame about the video quality (especially when watching code demos) and sync issues but in general a great night, well managed and I'd do it again.
Fantastic night, hope your already planning next years.
Few gremlins in the works, but you guys did a sterling job, Steve Balmer's "Boom Baby" comment really made people sit up and pay attention, people now realise he's passionate about this stuff, and that he's not just a business man.
Way more people there than I expected (In fact I get the feeling the numbers took everyone by surprise)
Some fantastic content, some fantastic people, really got the enthusiasm going again. My highlights where the code first stuff, and the keynotes.
Thoroughly enjoyed the event. The first round of pizza only ran out 'cause some peeps had stacked their slices 4 high in some cases. We all owe a debt of gratitude to whoever ordered the emergency Domino Pizzas in :)
Best of all - I won a phone 7 - sorry just had to say it.
Steve Balmer – good, could have been better. Needed more WP7.
Bob Muglia – ok, Would have been a lot better if there had been a break between Steve and Bob. 2 hours is way beyond the attention span of a crowded room. I could feel the discontent all around me and it distracted from the presentation.
Also, the two minutes silence was a debacle. I know Disney are vicious when it comes to distribution, but I think that MS could have done better than the “normal service will be resumed” message.
The guy from Spin City certainly livened things up!
The food: The piggies certainly got to the trough! All gone by the time I got there.
Anders – Async programming: Very good. A bit of “Jam tomorrow”, but you expect that at this sort of event. Demos didn’t really illustrate the power of Async, which was strange.
Anders – on Channel 9: Very good. One of the people in Memphis asked if we could ask a question (as Anders had run out of questions) MS guy flying the screen didn’t seem to know what to do, so the question wasn’t asked (and it was a very good question).
Oh, and the men’s loo had run out of hand-dryer paper by this point (with no electric alternative).
Pizza part 2: Was upstairs at Memphis. Only 3 slices left when I got out of the room. Now starving.
Code First Development: 3 false starts. Lots of people left the room in frustration (including me, but I was starving as well as frustrated).
I would have stayed for the OData Services session, but with an empty stomach and flaky comms that seemed a long way away. Hope it went well for those that stayed.
These comments may seem a bit negative, but all in all, I’d do this again, just a few technical issues that need sorting. There’s not much you can do about the piggies.
Thanks to all the organisers. It was a good use of my time.
Another amazing event from the Developer Evangelism Team.
From Keynote 'till not quite the end (I had to leave early), it was exactly what I expected. The content and chats to fellow Devs (and the amazing Marc Holmes and the beautiful Rachel Collier) was soooo good, that I didn't even notice PizzaGate. I'm sure it will go down in history and people in years to come will say "Do you remember the Autumn of '10, when all that Pizza vanished in the blink of an eye".
Congrats to Gary Crook on the Phone 7 win. If you're reading this, I was the one standing next to you. I knew I should have copied you...wait...I shouldn't have typed that out loud. I'll just have to make do with my Phone 7 emulator. Now if only I could make that mobile :)
Now it's up to all attendees to start developing for WP7 and pushing The Cloud, remember "We're all in!".
I would; without hesitation, attend again.
Thanks to the team and all your efforts for a truly enjoyable evening.
P.S The pure "awesomeness" of XBox Kinect will be getting added to my Christmas list. Yes, I said it, a Christmas list! We're never too old for a Christmas list.
I thought it was great idea to group fellow devs together to watch and discuss the PDC semi-live. Of the PDC itself then I thought the keynote wasn't good. For me a keynote is about grabbing some 'key' idea and inspiring the audience. Whereas this was simply an advert for IE9, Wp7 and Azure, none of which are really news to developers are they? Having said that, twitter from the UK was alight with oohs so maybe I'm wrong. Once sessions proper began I enjoyed them and I look forward to viewing more of them soon.
The TVP PDC event itself was good, obviously pizzagate wasn't a great reflection on my fellow developers (IPizza) but TVP reacted well to it. Loved the Xbox kinect. I was a bit disappointed that I couldn't get to speak with the devs from MS though, it was very late and I felt they were too busy with organising everything as apposed to answering questions. Overall it was good event but it would have been nice to have some sort 'meet the expert' style areas...even it would be just for IE9, wp7 and azure ;)
Ha ha thanks Kev. The 100m 'sprint' on Kinect was a great runner-up battle to win the next phones.
I'm v excited about the possibilities on Phone 7, especially the ease with which it looks like existing .NET skills can be taken straight over. No having to learn Objective-C here :)
I've circumvented having to justify to the wife now about getting Phone hardware, but I can see the next argument will be over my need for Kinect :)
Thanks to you all for the hard work in putting together this event.
Was a long day that started off at 5:30 when the long trek up from Exeter via Oxford began, but ulitmately worth it in the end.
Here's hoping that you can put a few more events like this on the near future ? Ideally it would be great to get some HOL / Dev events going in the evenings.
Having followed Mike's blog / videos for a while, I like to see the main man himself tackle a few evanglist demos to the community. How about sharepoint 2010 on the phone using MVVM !!
Thanks for all your efforts
Attended the event at LSU. Enjoyed it although the technical glitches didn't go down well. Heard much about Steve Ballmer's style of presenting and he did not disappoint. Thank God for advancing age.
Highlight for me was the live demos on Asyn programming in C# 4.0 by Anders and 2 sessions l followed online on OAuth Data Services.
Downside was not winning a Windows Phone and the glitches in the system which meant that even when l was watching the event online on Saturday, there were streaming problems (just like when they were on live).
Will definitely attend again.
The event was very good, and the idea was great - to attend the PDC remotely, and be around other techies. Better than watching alone on one's PC :-) In future, it would be good to organize the presentation screens so that we can watch the speaker, demos and source code together - i.e. at least two screens per room, please.
SteveB's speech was good, and enthusiastic. So was Bob Muglia. However, the thing that was missing was a "vision speaker" that would talk about the longer term vision behind what was being released and announced. I think that developers want to be *inspired* by a vision rather than just making money. BillG used to do this and a new visionary needs to take his place.
I am very keen to develop something for the Phone and also for Azure. My expertise is in back-end systems and apps, so Azure will be easier. However, the phone is exciting and I am keen to get into XNA and Silverlight for the phone.
The Microsoft staff were excellent and I am sure to see some or all of them some time in the future.
Thanks for a great event and keep developers in mind when there is another such tech event. I will definitely attend. And, don't forget that when you put pizza and beer in front of developers, they will go crazy and eat everything in sight!!