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Post PDC Thoughts

I realised I never did another post after my first at the PDC, now what does that tell you?

One thing it tells me is that blogs are not they primary news form for events now, it has moved onto Twitter. Though as yet I am still lagging behind on this one, I have an account but no tweets as yet. I find there is too much noise most of the on Twitter, it is useful when at an event like PDC to get the buzz, but for me not day to day (though I know I am missing stuff because of this view)

For me the key story a the PDC as a whole was that the Azure fabric can extend into your IT systems using AppFabric. This means I can easily see a day where you write an application for an internal IT system that can dynamically grow to an Azure data centre when needed for load or disaster recover, all without any special coding model because the Azure/AppFabic is ubiquitous.

So a light PDC from the blogging front, but one for of future architectural promise

Oh one last thought, on past trips to the USA I have been to the Baseball, which I like, not that dissimilar a night out to one at the Twenty20 cricket. This time we tried Basketball, less to my taste. When watched live it seem the game play just gets in the way of the adverts and the other various audience participation entertainment. I have never seen a sport with so many ways to stop and clock (and for so long!). Looks like I need to stay with bat and ball games.

PDC Keynote Day 1 thoughts

So the PDC2009 day 1 keynote is over and what was the story? Well it is more of a vision thing, but then again this is a PDC not a TechEd so what do you expect. For me the two major themes were

  • Dallas – a centralised data service that allows unified access to both public and private via subscriptions. Thus allowing core data being used for any purpose the user requires within the EULA of the data in question. It will be interesting what will be published in this manner, is there a market for a centralised data clearing house? only time will tell.
  • AppFabric – Basically taking the operating model for the Azure services and allow a company to have a similar model in their own IT system. Thus allowing code to be written that can work on the corporate system or Azure cloud without alteration. This I see as being big.,

So what was not mentioned, well it was mobile. The only comment was a ‘come to Mix in the spring for stuff about the next mobile offering. Whatever is shown there is going to have to very good to address the momentum of the iPhone. I think a good bet is that leveraging the Azure fabric might be important for the mobile offering