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Microsoft Office Developer Conference 2006Last week was quite a whirlwind. I spent the week in Redmond at the Office Developer Conference. It was nice to have some blocked time (three days worth!) dedicated to Office SharePoint Server 2007. Overall, it was a great conference.

The content/session highlight for me was probably Dave Quick’s where he went into great detail (is there such a thing as a 500 level session?) about the caching improvements they’ve implemented in MOSS specifically to make SharePoint Internet scallable… hence the CMS -> MOSS ala Web Content Managment (WCM) shift.

As with any conference, the best part has to be the networking. Not not the fickle wifi, but putting faces with names. Aside from meeting all the softies on the various Office teams (like Maurice Prather, Dave Quick, Arpan Shah, Fitz, Lawrence Liu), I finally got to meet Mart Muller, Matthew Corsier, Steen Molberg, Bjarne, and Stephen Huen.

Have to say it was kinda cool seeing Bill Gates in person finally. I had a great seat about 30’ away from the stage for the keynote. In related news, I found my Treo’s camera sucks in dark rooms with well-lit stages as Bill was complately washed out. :P

Orlando Code CampI booked the red-eye back from Seattle to Orlando knowing that it would be a semi-rough flight… I just didn’t know how rough. After nodding on & off for a combined total of 2hrs, seemed that within 2 minutes of hitting the ground, a pretty severe nose bleed kicked in. For once, I wish I had a long layover… unfortunately, I only had 20 minutes. I jumped on my next flight, going through countless paper towls and napkins. Yeah… THAT sucks. Anyway, finally got to my hotel mid afternoon just in time to cram some prep work for my sessions.

The Orlando Code Camp seemed to be quite a success… great attendence and logistics… hats off to the the Orlando .NET User Group! Thanks for all the hard work Shawn Weisfeld & Jessica Sterner (who, on her birthday, came out with all the speakers for our pre-camp livations)… you guys put on a great event. As mentioned previously, David and I presented on Office SharePoint Server 2007. If you haven’t been to a code camp, you’re really missing out.

I’ve now been to three code camps (Tampa & Jacksonville last year). These are great *free* events for developers to not only learn about cool new development things, but also to interact with fellow developers in your community who share similiar interests.

ASP.NET PodcastOne cool little development: Wally McClure came down from Tennessee and recoded a roundtable for the most recent ASP.NET Podcast that I got to sit in on and share some of my thoughts on the code camp as well as the Florida development community. Check it out here (direct download link).
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