Andrew Connell

I'm all geeked up about PDC 2008!

With PDC 2008 around the corner, I'm all kinds of geeked up! You see, I'm a PDC virgin. I never could get approval to go to PDC at former jobs... frankly it was hard to justify it. When I went out on my own almost 2 years ago, one thing I said to myself was "I'm going to PDC no matter what" as I had no boss to check with (well, except the one at home). Unfortunately that year they canceled PDC, and I went crying all the way home (not that long of a commute considering I work from home). This time around, when I saw the dates were posted and registration opened up, I registered immediately. I even elected to treat myself to a precon session! If you've taken a look at the session list, you may ask yourself "why is a SharePoint guy going to PDC when there are only a few SharePoint sessions?" Wow... there are just so many reasons. Honestly, I'm looking forward to going to a show where I can focus on some other stuff. There are four awesome SharePoint sessions I'll certainly be hitting: SharePoint 2007: Creating SharePoint Applications with VS 2008 by...

With PDC 2008 around the corner, I’m all kinds of geeked up! You see, I’m a PDC virgin. I never could get approval to go to PDC at former jobs… frankly it was hard to justify it. When I went out on my own almost 2 years ago, one thing I said to myself was “I’m going to PDC no matter what” as I had no boss to check with (well, except the one at home). Unfortunately that year they canceled PDC, and I went crying all the way home (not that long of a commute considering I work from home).

This time around, when I saw the dates were posted and registration opened up, I registered immediately . I even elected to treat myself to a precon session!

If you’ve taken a look at the session list, you may ask yourself “why is a SharePoint guy going to PDC when there are only a few SharePoint sessions ?” Wow… there are just so many reasons. Honestly, I’m looking forward to going to a show where I can focus on some other stuff. There are four awesome SharePoint sessions I’ll certainly be hitting:

  • SharePoint 2007: Creating SharePoint Applications with VS 2008 by Chris Johnson ( see CJ’s post about this session … looks cool!)
  • SharePoint Online: Extending your Service by Troy Hopwood
  • SharePoint 2007: Advanced Async Workflow Messaging
  • FAST: Building Search-Driven Portals with MOSS & Silverlight (oh yeah… maybe the most interesting one!)

Aside from the Office & SharePoint stuff, there are two other topics I’m very interested in absorbing: Silverlight & anything related to the cloud / Live services / Mesh.

I’ve been remiss the last year or so in truly diving into Silverlight. I saw v1 as a toy and have held out for v2 that, from my POV, really puts the power in my hands. So to get my deep dive, I registered for the full-day precon on Silverlight with Jeff Prosise .

As for the cloud / online services, as a SharePoint person I see this as one of biggest areas for potential growth in SharePoint adoption as well as possibilities for developers.

Of course there is a lot of other stuff that will be there I’m looking forward to (Workflow Foundation futures, Oslo, SQL, Home Server, WCF, Visual Studio, etc)… and I can’t wait for the keynote. I’m like a kid in the candy store that week.

Are you a SharePoint guy and at PDC? Don’t worry… you won’t be alone! I know of a few SharePoint MVP’s and folks from the product team who will be around. Oh yeah… have you heard of SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night ? We’ll be doing another one of these informal socials to help generate next-morning headaches… don’t you fear! Stay tuned… I’ll have another post up soon on when/where we’ll be doing this.

Only 16 days left… ooo… I’m excited!

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.