Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Back From PDC 05 - A Recap
PDC rocked this year. Both for us personally, as well as in general. Here's
From an EPS and CoDe Magazine point of view, we had a great conference. We
were a media sponsor, had a double-sized booth, and a lot of traffic and
excitement going. Our magazines were in all the attendee bags, so we were able
to do other things at the booth. We gave away tons of bags that ended up showing
up everywhere (we even saw a few at the LAX airport a few days later). We also
had temporary CoDe Magazine tattoos. If you were spotted wearing one, you were
eligible to win cool prices, such as a PSP. People loved this one, and we had a
lot more people with tattoos than we expected. Some in places we hadn't expected
So long story short: We probably had more than our share of exposure at PDC.
Kudos to the CoDe staff, in particular Tammy, Cleo, and Tom, who came up with
all the great ideas. (And also thanks to Tammy's mother who helped out at the
As far as PDC in general is concerned, I was also rather pleased. There
seemed to be a lot of excitement around new technologies. Here are some that I
thought were cool:
- Windows Vista. No need to say more.
- Avalon (excuse me: Windows Presentation
Foundation): The Northface demo at the keynote rocked. Some of the
other examples (like the photo album) were pretty cool too. There were tons of
session on WPF, and many of them were very valuable.
- Windows Communication Foundation (formerly
"Indigo"): Lots of great sessions on this too. There is a lot
of information available on this, so you probably don't need me to write about
this on my blog...
- Windows Workflow Foundation: This was a new announcement
at PDC. Pretty nifty. Workflow built into .NET/WinFX on a framework
- Microsoft Expression: One of the highlights in my book.
MS Expression is a suite of new design tools, including a new drawing program
that is a mixture of pixel and vector based drawing. (Currently code-named
"Acrylic"). Then, there is an Avalon/XAML designer called "Sparkle". This is a
pretty cool piece, especially if you are into advanced UI design. And there
even is a new web designer called "Quartz". So lots of new stuff here for both
win and web developers. Check it out at www.Microsoft.com/Expression.
- LINQ (Language Integrated Query): The second major
announcement at PDC05. C# and VB.NET will have query features integrated
right in the language similar to how it worked in Visual FoxPro (xBase) in the
past. This allows the developer to use SELECT style query operations on data
sources as well as pretty much anything else such as XML and collections of
objects. You want to select data from a database that is joined with controls
on a form and data coming from XML and return a collection of business
objects? No problem with LINQ! Unfortunately, this stuff will not release
before Orcas (the next version of VS after 2005), but you can already get
early bits! We will provide some in-depth info on this in the upcoming 2
issues of CoDe Magazine (first to the punch again ;-) ).
- Atlas: ASP.NET controls that use the new AJAX paradigm.
Pretty cool as well!
- SideShow: Aux
Displays are now called SideShow. This is still a very very cool
- Office 12: Quite radically different from an interaction
(UI) point of view. No more menus and no more toolbars. Looks pretty neat, but
I haven't had a chance to play with it myself. Can't wait to start using it
And there was a lot more. So there will be a lot of stuff to talk about for
CoDe Magazine and also on this blog!
And there was lots and lots of other stuff. A number of cool community events
like the MVP party, which provided great networking opportunities.
As is often the case at PDC, speakers were hit-and-miss. One can tell that
these guys get paid to develop software and not to give presentations. But in
almost all cases, the content rocked, even though it sometimes was hard to
listen to the presenter...
Posted @ 10:14 PM by Egger, Markus (EPS Software Corp.) (firstname.lastname@example.org)