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Test Driven Development: Myths and Misconceptions

The day started off with a, for me, new type of session – a white board discussion or a chalk talk. It was an informal discussion in a smaller forum. This particular WBD was lead by my new idol Roy Osherove on the topic TDD: Myths and Misconceptions.

It started with an open question about which topics to discuss and after having a collection of about 10 we started to talk and sometime discussion turned far away from the original topic.

This was a very fruitful session and unfortunately the 75 minutes ended way to fast.

Connected Systems - Part 3: Data and Transaction Management

Steve Swartz and Clemens Vasters did a well rehearsed dialogue (for some reason Plato's dialogues comes to mind...). This dialog was certainly not without humor and they made their points. Luckily I had found, and put on, my architect hat, the one with a propeller on top, because the level was abstract and philosophical. Not a single code example and it wasn't even given that all was about relational databases...

The theme was that data is different and is accessed in different ways depending on different scenarios, but all boils down to a number of patterns of use.

Demo Extravaganza: Adopting ClickOnce for Real World Applications

Demo Extravaganza! Demo Extravaganza! Demo Extravaganza!

This form of lecture appealed to me more than any other form here, including the White Board Discussion". It could be correlated with the previous session not showing any code at all...

There was a great number of examples with opportunities to ask direct questions and some digression by the lecturer. All this in a mid sized group (100), bigger than WBD but smaller and hence more "question friendly" than the regular sessions.

Sometimes the information comes to late... I could have used the information in this session a month ago... :(

But on the other hand, I know it now and if (when) I'm in another ClickOnce project I can show off some tricks... :)

Extending ASP.NET 2.0 with Custom Providers

One of my "old" idols, Jeff Prosise... kept his place up there!

Again, one of those sessions. I want to rewrite a big part of what I've done in this area the last year. Not because it's particularly bad, but because now I know how it is supposed to be.

The information in this session is mort certainly a candidate for a lunch session back home.

C# 3.0: Future Directions in Language Innovation

A rerun... I couldn't resist going to this one despite the fact that I saw it last year at PDC.

And I was lucky, it had happened quite a lot on the subject. Anders Hejlsberg showed LINQ (again) but the underlying techniques, and the changed to the language as well.

This is a session that makes you think and when I left the room I felt like another person than when I went in, all in a positive way.

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Keynote

Interesting demos by Eric Lee and Anders Hejlsberg, some sales talk from Eric Rudder and Simon Bank.

Eric Lees's demo was about SharePoint 2007 and AJAX showing the benefit of using these products and how to program them. I felt I knew what AJAX is and how it works but know it's the time to get into details.

On the other hand, I think I'll leave SharePoint for a while. Not because it's not interesting, but rather because a colleague of mine who also is here in Barcelona will look at it, start working with it when we're home and eventually will lead an internal lecture about it.

Hejlsberg, brilliant as usual, showed off Linq. I thought I knew it since visiting PDC last year, but quite a lot has happen to it. I aim for some Linq sessions this week and some playing with in when home - very interesting.

Well, its time for the first break out. It'll be...

Developing Rich Web Applications with ASP.NET AJAX

Five quick minutes with PPT's then all demos...wow!

If we haven't looked at this it's about time. ASP.NET AJAX will be released before the end of the year and if we're aiming on developing web sites in the future we must learn how this works.

It feels like I could be a web developer for real now. All of a sudden can I do what I want without writing tons of untyped, non debuggable, javascript code. 

I look forward to our internal lunch lecture next week on this topic when our java folks will present where they are.

ASP.NET: Developer and Designer AJAX Bliss with Visual Studio and Expression

I thought it would bee more AJAX regarding the title, but the emphasis was on collaboration between designers and developers. Interesting way of working and it is in the direction of what we discussed on our latest internal conference. Just imagine our Art Directors working with Expression and not in Photoshop.

ASP.NET AJAX Tips and Tricks

All demos... I'm in heaven!

This was a session full of examples what you can do with AJAX and how you would do it. More substance to what I've been watching most of the day and I am more convinced that it's time to learn this technology.

Summary of this day

I was overwhelmed that I didn't knew as much AJAX as I thought I did.