Events & more Events – a retrospective
It's been a real time for me with events. First the PDC in Los Angeles with over 6,000 developers (in case you missed it, all the sessions were recorded and are available for streaming or download). At PDC we announced Windows Azure, Visual Studio 2010, demoed Windows 7 and generally made a big splash with our vision of Software + Services.
Hot on the heels of that event we had Liberation Day here in Sydney with over 1,000 on-site and ten times as many watching Steve Ballmer, Gianpaolo Carraro and Tim Sneath online. That content is still available on the Power to Developers web site.
Two weekends ago local community hero, Deepak Kapoor ran a full-day training session on LINQ to SQL at the MS offices with great hands-on experience for the attendees.
Last Wednesday I presented at Stephen Lead's Ignite Spatial, with over 100 people squeezing into a function room in a city pub to see 10 presentations in an hour. 20 slides per presenter, 15 seconds per auto-advanced slide.
Of course, it doesn't stop there. We've got the Innovate On roadshow coming to a city near you, the Office and Sharepoint Forum in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and many others. This is a great time to be a developer. As I said, while I was ripping my shirt off at Liberation Day, I'm really pleased to be able to say "I'm a PC".