PDC 2009, Day One

Two days ago I lied. I said I was going to post every day, but Monday was so uneventful that there simply wasn’t anything to say. I helped set up the booths and went back to the hotel… Yawn!

Tuesday was more interesting. We had a couple of parallelism-related talks, and Luca Bolognese talked about language support for asynchrony in C# and VB in his future directions talk. Parallelism and asynchrony go hand-in-hand, which is exactly why Axum has integrated language support.

It was amazing to see the interest in anything Azure at the conference. All afternoon, there was a long line of people waiting to do the hands-on Azure labs right next to one of our booths. Really cool to see that it’s generating such excitement among developers. We had less traffic, but then, ours was just a booth.

A nice partner exhibit reception was held in the late afternoon / early evening. They closed all the Microsoft areas and only had the partner booths open, which gives that section of the floor a great focus. There was a lot of cool things to look at, and it seems to me that there were a lot more partner exhibitors this year than last, but I don’t know that for a fact.

I’m excited about my talk on Thursday, but I have some trimming or speeding up to do before then so that I can clear the 60 minute session limit. Oh well, that’s what tomorrow is for…