The Road to MIX

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The MIX Conference – billed by Microsoft as its web conference (and now with phone!) and me as “Microsoft’s most right-brained major conference” – takes place in Las Vegas next week! It’s the conference where developers, designers, UX/UI pros and businesspeople get together to talk about “consumer”-focused applications and sites for the web and phone.

A little aside: I put “consumer” in quotes because I hate the term but don’t have a reasonable substitute for it. My problem with the term “consumer” is the same one that Jerry Michalski has: it makes us sound like “living gullets whose only purpose is to gulp down products and crap out cash.“ If you can think of a better word for “consumer”, please share it with me!

There will be a fair number of announcements made at MIX, so we’re doing a couple of things to make sure you get the news as soon as possible:

  • We’re sending a few members of the Evangelism team to cover the event, including myself, John Bristowe (who’ll be presenting at MIX), Frederic Harper and Paul Laberge.
  • We’re bringing along a few friends to help cover the event, including Mathieu Chartier, Richard Campbell , Colin Melia , Andrew Louis and Mark Arteaga .
  • And finally, videos of the sessions will be posted online very soon after they’ve concluded.

You can view the MIX11 schedule to see what’s going on during the conference, or you can check out the pared-down schedule I’ve posted below, featuring those sessions that focus on the web and the phone. You might notice that a lot of the scheduled phone sessions have no name and (TBA) beside them: I leave it to your imagination and deductive powers to figure out what they might be about!

Monday, April 11

Web Phone
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-conference Boot Camps Pre-conference Boot Camps

Tuesday, April 12

Web Phone
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Keynote Keynote

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Hot from the Labs: HTML5 WebSockets

HTML5 for Silverlight Developers

Application Design for Windows Phone

Flickr API: Tap Into Billions of Photos for Windows Phone 7

XNA Game Studio for Fun, Profit, Danger, Excitement and Windows Phone 7 Games

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

50 Performance Tricks to Make Your HTML5 Web Sites Faster

Microformats and Semantic Markup

Node.js, Ruby, and Python in Windows Azure: A Look at What’s Possible

Deep Dive MVVM

Expert Lessons: Top Tips for Building a Successful Windows Phone Application

Who Would Pay For That Feature? Adding Analytics to Your Windows Phone 7 Applications

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Building Adaptive HTML5 Applications

JavaScript: The Language

Making Better Web Apps For Today's Browsers

Rx: A Library for Managing Asynchronous Data and Events in your Windows Phone 7 Application

Wednesday, April 13

Web Phone
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Keynote Keynote

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Deep Dive Into HTML5 <canvas>

ECMAScript 5: The New Parts

Going Mobile with Your Site on Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7

Building Windows Phone 7 Applications with the Windows Azure Platform

Going Mobile with Your Site on Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Hacking with the F12 Developer Tools

The View of the World Depends on the Glasses I Wear

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

2:35 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Building Data-centric N-tier Applications with jQuery

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

5 Things You Need To Know To Start Using <video> and <audio> Today

Adding the Awesomesauce Flavor with Internet Explorer 9 Pinned Sites


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Devil Went Down to HTTP: Debugging with Fiddler

Interactive Panel: JavaScript

Script#: Compiling C# to JavaScript using Visual Studio

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Is that a Sherpa on Your Shoulder?

Reactive Extensions for JavaScript (RxJS)

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Attendee party Attendee party

Thursday, April 14

Web Phone
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Designer and Developer: A Case for the Hybrid

The Future of HTML5

MMP Player Framework: Past, Present, Future

Writing Maintainable JavaScript

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Filling the HTML5 Gaps with Polyfills and Shims

Analyzing and Improving Windows Phone Application Performance

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

HTML5 for Skeptics

Modernizing Your Website: SVG Meets HTML5

Making Money with your Application on Windows Phone

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

CSS3 Takes on the World

Data in an HTML5 World

Good JavaScript Habits for C# Developers

Creating Windows Phone Applications Using Expression Blend

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Designing Great Experiences for SharePoint 2010

All Thumbs: Redesigning an Existing UI to Suit Windows Phone 7

Get Real! Sketch, Prototype, and Capture Great Ideas with Expression Blend and SketchFlow

New Technologies for Immersive Content Creation

The Tale of Two Apps: Making a Splash in the Windows Phone Marketplace

Windows Phone Session (TBA)

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.