Andrew Connell

MSFT PDC 2005 - It all starts today

Today is the first real day of the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Now I know what it was like for those who weren’t at TechEd… living virtually through the bloggers and the news that trickes out of the event. With over 1,000 bloggers at this year’s PDC, I’m sure we’ll hear all the news as it breaks! I’m bummed (I’m not there), I’m stoked, and I’m totally distracted!

While watching the fight / MNF game last night, I made sure I had read through all posts in my major folders in FeedDemon so I can see what new stuff hits this week.

With so much stuff coming out of the PDC, here’s what is really on my “anticipation” list (in order):

  • MCMS 2002 vNext: sure, it’s O12, but deserves it’s own mention)
  • SharePoint v3: sure, it’s O12, but deserves it’s own mention
  • Anything Office 12: UI, clients, new server products
  • VS .NET Codename: Orcas (we’ve all seen VS.NET 2005 and SQL 2005, I want to see what’s coming next!)
  • Project Atlas : Scott Guthrie will be releasing info on the new post-ASP.NET 2.0 update that provides real developer & debugger friendly AJAX
  • Vista: not as big on my list… it’s huge for everyone else, but yes, it does still interest me

I couldn’t agree with Mark’s post more… I think this is the start of a very big change for Microsoft develoeprs & in turn, consumers of Microsoft products/technology. I can’t imagine a better time in our past since the Internet came of age in the last 10 years when our geek world is getting turned on its head. We’ve all heard a bunch of stuff related to Vista, Office 12 System, .NET, etc… at TechEd a lot of stuff was shown… but nothing breath taking… it was more a “see, check this out” of stuff we heard was coming. This week, I feel like Bill Gates & company have jumped in the driver seat, screamed “hold on” and slammed the peddle down to the floor. For the record, I’ve jumped in the car… this is going to be one hell of a ride!

I wonder how much blogging I’ll do this week as I become a blog sponge! Now for a few links, enjoy the week!

» PDC 2005

» Bill Gates’ PDC Keynote Webcast info

» PDCBloggers.net

» PDC Flickr site

» PDCUnderground.com

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.