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Ray Ozzie and friends presented computing in the cloud or Windows Azure as it is now renamed/rebranded to. It'll be interesting to see some of the Azure sessions and what it actually will do.

Windows Azure is an "Operating System for the Cloud" which is suppose to ease the development and more to ease the deployment and maintenance of services running in one or more data centers with load balancing in place and multiple servers cooperating. The intension seems to be that Microsoft will remove the plumbing part of service development or rather to make it work in the production environment - so that I as a developer cam focus on developing the business logic. In the same way as we develop rich clients today, we don't have to bother about the storage and other stuff that apparently service developer have to deal with.

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They also talked about Microsoft Online Services where programs as SharePoint and Exchange is presented as a service "in the cloud" or perhaps it just some kind of hosting service. Well, Exchange is not a part of my daily development life, but since I've been on quite a large SharePoint project the last year I'll be investigating this further this week and I'll if I can find out the differences.

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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.