Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe 2009 Registration Opened

Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe 2009 Registration is now open.

There are a few novelties this year:

  • Due to attendee feedback, both the Developer and IT Pro editions will take place at the same time (November, 9-13).
  • The registration site uses Windows Live™ ID for authentication.
  • Registration prices are based on a tiered approach with the earlier you registration the more you will save. Register first, save the most!

Top Reasons To Attend Tech·Ed Europe 2009


    • MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 - Learn about Microsoft's next-generation operating system

      Advancements Windows 7 brings to user productivity, security and PC management - all of which save businesses time and money.

    • MICROSOFT OFFICE and new ways to maximize business productivity

      The Office System track will help you deploy, adopt and develop on business productivity applications.

      Learn about deploying Microsoft Office to your users, building pervasive Microsoft Office SharePoint solutions and managing your work with Microsoft Business Productivity Visio.


    • STREAMLINING your way to cloud applications

      Find out how The Azure™ Services Platform reduces the need for up-front technology purchases, and enables developers to quickly and easily create applications running in the cloud.

    • SECURITY that helps cut application support costs

      Find out how Microsoft’s ForeFront technologies can secure your IT environment faster, and help you write more secure code to eliminate application support costs.

    • TRUTH about maximizing deployments and search

      Find out how SharePoint can help create that central repository, maximizing deployments and search that eliminates multiple versions and misunderstandings about the source of the "truth" on any given project.


    • VIRTUALISATION that helps leverage existing investments

      Get an in-depth understanding of today’s low-cost virtualization technologies and how they can help you make the most of your current software and hardware investments.

    • HOSTING for economies of scale

      Learn how to take advantage of Microsoft’s hosted services to scale your IT department’s communications and collaboration offering. You’ll also lower your hardware, management and power costs.

    • UNIFYING to reduce costs and help increase efficiencies

      Truly unified communications create a single communication infrastructure. That means reduced costs for PBX enhancements while improving productivity through unified inboxes along with rules that help workers manage interruptions.

    • DEPLOYMENT - maximize your existing IT infrastructure and do more with what you've got

      Learn how to get maximum value out of your existing IT infrastructure.

The Future Of C#

If you were able to attend this session at PDC or Tech-Ed EMEA Developers, you were presented with a first class presentation of the future of C#, presented, respectively, by Anders Hejlsberg and Mads Torgersen.

For the near future (.NET 4.0) C# will have:

  • Dynamically Typed Objects

  • Optional and Named Parameters

  • Improved COM Interoperability

  • Co- and Contra-variance

A preview of the compiler as a service was shown, but that’s not for the .NET 4.0 / Visual Studio 2010 timeframe. Probably, not even for the next.

Starting with .NET 4.0, C# and Visual Basic will converge in terms of features and follow a path of co-evolution going into the future.

No! That doesn’t mean that XML literals will be in C# in a foreseeable future. What that means is that the above list also applies to Visual Basic.

Talking of Visual Basic evolution, the _ line continuation character has been retired. If you have any use for the underscore, please visit


PDC And Tech-Ed Wrap-Up

(It might seem a bit late for this, but, lately, I’ve been having a lot on my mind. So here it goes.)

This was my first PDC. It was just as I had been told.

For those who don’t know, the PDC is all about the future. The near future (.NET 4.0 and Windows 7) and the further future (Windows Azure, “Oslo”, “Dublin”, “Geneva”).

Next year’s PDC (Yes! Apparently, there’ll be one next year) will be also held in Los Angeles from November 17 to 20, and (I suspect) will be the commercial launch of the Azure Services Platform and a better story to tell about “Oslo”.

Tech-ED EMEA Developers, on the other hand, is more about the present and the near future. But, this year, attendees were able to have a sneak peek at what had bee shown at the PDC.

Next year’s Tech-ED EMEA Developers will be held in Berlin from November 2 to 6. Probably, like in 2006, it will be the launch of .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010.

And I intend to attend both.

PDC2008: Building A Schedule

I’m having a hard time building a schedule for the PDC. I’m mainly interested in four areas:

  • Cloud
  • Parallel
  • Identity
  • Oslo

and they all have overlapping sessions.

I guess I’ll have to cook the PDC and Tech-Ed EMEA 2008 Developers schedules together to see if I can cover the most of the subjects.

Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers: Meet Me In Barcelona

Once again, I’ll be at an ATE Booth at Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers.

As I already said about the PDC, what I like most of these events is networking with Microsoft staff and other attendees. So, if you want to meet me, I’ll be glad to meet you.

Microsoft Tech-Ed EMEA 2008 – Registration Open

Microsoft Tech-Ed EMEA 2008 is open for registration.

Do notice that, this year, the event for IT Professionals happens before the event for Developers.

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 to RTM before the end of November 2007

Today, S.Somasegar announced at TechEd Developers EMEA, amongst other things, that they the product team at Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5. They are on track to shipping these products before the end of November 2007. They will have the marketing launch for these along with Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 at the end of February.

Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007 – I’ll be there

Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007 is getting closer.

This year I was again selected to be at an ATE (Ask The Expert) booth. Hopefully, the Architecture booth, like last year.

Meet me there and at the MVP Community Lounge booth.

Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007