Fixing WinHEC – Part 2

  In my last posting, I presented how to fix WinHEC from the attendee’s point of view.  This post will look at why it is critical for Microsoft to get it right.  For the last 10 years, the Windows group has been waging a war to improve driver quality.  In that time, many great tools and initiatives have aided the development of better drivers.   But there are still a lot missing items, and unfortunately, Redmond seems disconnected from some of the problems of the driver community.   Yes, a number of us try to call this out, but even the most … Continue reading Fixing WinHEC – Part 2

Fixing WinHEC

As anyone who has been to WinHEC over the years knows, its content swings between being a heavy technical conference and being a marketing conference.   This year’s WinHEC is scheduled for November 4-7, 2008, again in Los Angeles, California.  I do not expect much from this venue, since neither of the two WinHEC’s previously in LA had a strong technical presence.   Going to LA requires putting engineers on airplanes and into hotel rooms and not just for a few hours in a Seattle conference center.      So what makes a great techie WinHEC?    1.      Lots of technical presentations – Some of … Continue reading Fixing WinHEC

Bleeding edge and far from it

I am just back from WinHEC and while there I realized that many people including a number from Microsoft don’t distinguish developing for the leading edge from living there. I am known as a guy who has done a number of things that Redmond had said “Windows is not capable of doing” and technologies that Microsoft was later proud to show off once they were working.  When it comes to my tools, I am far from the bleeding edge.  For instance, though I recently started using the latest Visual Studio, most of my work is still done with VS6.   I … Continue reading Bleeding edge and far from it

Never stop learning

One thing I always recommend to my customers is to keep their developers up to speed on the latest Windows driver technologies.  I’m thinking about this right now, since last week saw the release of Developing Drivers with Windows Driver Foundation and we are less than two weeks away from the start of this year’s WinHEC.  It is scary how many managers and developers believe that they don’t need to know this new stuff.  Even if you are still required to do drivers for NT 4.0 (hopefully not), learning the new stuff can improve your code.  Just seeing where Microsoft … Continue reading Never stop learning