We're baaaack! Bob and Chris hit the road in September...


Chris and I are about to embark on another road trip visiting all our favorite haunts here in the Northeast. Please come and join us for a day of deep technical sessions, questionable demos and the usual taunting from the back row.

Agenda: A Tasteful Blend of Satisfying Technology

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Arrive, check in, grab some coffee and a seat

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM Announcements and Introduction

9:05 AM – 10:25 AM Coding in a Dynamic World

Clinging to static ways? Relax your grip a little and take a look into the world of dynamic languages. There’s been a lot of talk, but what are they, and most importantly, what do they mean for you and your development efforts today? In this session, we’ll introduce the concepts behind dynamic languages and the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR). You’ll see how features such as dynamic types, method dispatch, and code generation in current dynamic languages like IronPython and future ones such as IronRuby and VBx offer effective new options for your designs and implementations.

10:25 AM – 10:35 AM Take a break and show your dynamic personality to fellow attendees

10:35 AM – 12:00 PM Practical Silverlight

Silverlight is cool but why would I use it and how does it fit into my existing web applications? How do you setup a Silverlight development environment? Can designers and developers really collaborate using Blend and Visual Studio? What impact will Silverlight have on my production environment? How can I build applications using Silverlight that invoke web services? These questions will be answered in another session. This one is about COM+. Just kidding.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM You’ve seen the (silver) light, now see about some lunch

12:45 PM – 2:10 PM Developer Productivity Tips and Tricks for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008

You might be spending hours each day working with Visual Studio, tragically only a few keystrokes or menu options away from better ways of doing the same work. This session will help you become a more productive developer and architect with Visual Studio. We'll focus on tips, tricks, and hidden gems that are available in both the 2005 and 2008 versions of Visual Studio, but of course you just know we'll throw in a few 2008-only teasers as well…

2:10 PM – 2:25 PM Enjoy an efficient break

2:25 PM – 3:45 PM Software as a Service, Software + Services, Service with a Smile, Can I Get Some Service, Where is the Waiter?

This session will introduce the concepts behind Software + Services, and what that means in a practical sense as you architect and develop new systems. We’ll talk about leveraging web services, either your own or third-party ones such as Live.com, to create compelling service-enabled systems and mashups leveraging assets such as maps, photos, rich media, contacts, search and other services.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Wrap Up, Evals, and Free Books

REGISTER for one of our 5 city stops:

  • Burlington, VT
  • Rochester, NY (West Henrietta, right off of Rt 90)
  • Portland, ME (Westbrook)
  • Hartford, CT
  • Waltham, MA
Location Date & Time Registration
Sheraton Hotel Burlington, VT870 Williston Road, Burlington, Vermont

September 10, 2007

8:30 AM–4:00 PM


Event ID: 1032350476

The RIT INN and Conference Center W. Henrietta, NY5327 West Henrietta Road, W. Henrietta, New York

September 12, 2007

8:30 AM–4:00 PM


Event ID: 1032350477

Sheraton Hartford Hotel East Hartford, CT100 East River Drive, East Hartford, Connecticut

September 17, 2007

8:30 AM–4:00 PM


Event ID: 1032350481

MESDA Westbrook, ME506 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine

September 18, 2007

8:30 AM–4:00 PM


Event ID: 1032350480

Microsoft Corporation Waltham, MA201 Jones Rd, 6th Floor, Waltham, Massachusetts

September 20, 2007

8:30 AM–4:00 PM


Event ID: 1032350668


Technorati Tags: MSDN, Silverlight, Visual Studio 2008, Software as a Service, Ruby, Python, web services, mashups