The Roadshow Has Begun!

We'd like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended the first two stops of Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow!  Both events were well attended and, equally important, had active and engaged audiences to keep things interesting.  We spent each day covering the four technologies of the .NET 3.0 Framework - Windows Communication Foundation, Windows CardSpace, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows Presentation Foundation.

Our first event was held at the R.I.T. Inn just outside of Rochester, NY.  This being our first visit to the R.I.T. Inn, it turns out the facility is great and the location was very convenient, leading to a strong turnout of 60 people.

[Thanks to Bob for taking the pictures!  Bob also has pictures of our Zune winners in his posts (1|2).]

We got back on the road Wednesday, driving from Rochester to Burlington, VT in about 7 hours.  A great day for driving and some very beautiful scenery along the way, listening to tunes from Bob's Zune.

Thursday's event was held at the Sheraton in Burlington and it seemed that everyone knew everyone there.  I'm sure much of the credit for that goes to Julie Lerman for running the fantastic Vermont .NET User Group, which is celebrating it's 5th anniversary.  Congratulations, Julie (and thanks for the jar of Bove's sauce!)

Follow-up information from the events:

  1. I showed how to enable tracing/logging in a WCF service and how to visualize the collected data using the Service Trace Viewer tool from the the SDK.  If you'd like to see/hear more on this, Scott Hanselman recently posted an episode on this very subject.
  2. I mentioned that there were two excellent blog posts on enabling Workflow persistence and tracking.  They can be found here (Persistence) and here (Tracking).  The tracking post includes details on the Workflow Monitor SDK sample application I demonstrated (which is itself a great example of designer rehosting.)
  3. In Rochester, I ran into a security dialog when running a sample WCF service.  A small change to my app.config was in order, as described in this blog post by Eric Johnson.

...and some random notes from the road:

  1. Total number of errantly-thrown orange stress balls: 2
  2. Chocolate-covered espresso beans and beef jerky are the Official Traveling Foods of the Roadshow.
  3. The Dinosaur in Rochester is hands-down the best BBQ that Bob and I have ever had.
  4. When navigating while Bob is driving, don't give him choices!
  5. Bove's is still my favorite restaurant in Burlington.

Next week we're visiting Portland, ME (3/6) and Manchester, NH (3/8).  The final stop on our first tour is Farmington, CT (3/20).  If you're in the area, we'd love to see you there!

We're also working on setting the content for our next Roadshow.  Let us know what you'd like to hear!  We'll soon be announcing the dates and content for the next Roadshow, so keep an eye on our blogs.