Today is the last day to benefit from the early bird discount and registrations are just going great.
The descision to split into a DEV and an IT Pro event was definately the right one. It's just amazing what you can do with the content if you all of a sudden have twice the amount session slots.
If I look over the session list then there's one thing I feel particularly good about: the speaker line up. Content is one thing and very often makes one select a session. But then the experience you get from a session is for 90% driven by the speaker. Proof is that for instance Rafal Luckawiecki can get the event's top score with a session on MSF 4.0. Not that MSF is particularly boring...ah well, it actually is.
So just to list some of the speakers...
Anders Hejlsberg (Microsoft Corporation), Clemens Vasters (Microsoft), Steve Swartz (Microsoft Corporation), Ron Jacobs (Microsoft), Roy Osherove (Team Agile) ,Keith Brown (Pluralsight) , Chad Hower (Microsoft), Aaron Skonnard (PluralSight), Arvindra Sehmi (Microsoft EMEA) ,Ingo Rammer (thinktecture) ,David Gristwood (Microsoft) ,Patrick Tisseghem (U2U) ,Ted Pattison (Gorilla Training) ,Bob Beauchemin (SQLskills) ,Donald Farmer (Microsoft Corporation) ,Don Vilen (Microsoft Corporation), Kimberly L. Tripp (SQLskills.com), Brian Randell (MCW Technologies), Ivar Jacobson , Jeff Prosise (Wintellect), Fritz Onion (Pluralsight)...
And there are more: David Chappell, Rafal Lukawiecki, Carl Franklin, Stephen Forte, Richard Campbell...
Oh wait, and there are more...
You get it, it's going to be great. I know it!
Since yesterday I started to use Live Writer. And man, I love it. I started blogging in dutch to my Live Space to keep my family up to date of where I am.
I did run into an issue however. I couldn't post entries containing pictures to my Live Space. Smart (smug) as I am, I installed the Flickr plugin which works wonderfully well.
However the techie in me had to dive deeper. Why weren't my posts with pictures succesful? I found the answer on the Live Writer MSN group. It was a bug to be fixed in the next release.
Guess what happened today. Live Writer 1.0 Beta was released. I LOVE short release cycles. And yes my posts with pictures now pass through to my Live Space.
Cool to check out is also the plugin gallery. I have an idea myself but won't tell untill I'm ready. It's a real goldmine ;-)
Now I configured my MSDN blog account too, I hope to be blogging more frequently again.