Microsoft TechEd Europe 2009 in Berlin, Friday

2009-11-13
So the last day of TechEd is over. After a full week, my brain is a little tired. The last day doesn't have the same energy as the other days. I find it somewhat unfortunate. The lunch was only a bag with sandwich, salad and stuff. The lunch break is shortened and only one session after lunch. Of course, people want to go home since I assume their brains are as tired as mine. But I did manage to retrieve some previously unknown facts for Silverlight.

WIA308 The Biggest Little-Known Features in Silverlight – Jeff Prosise

Name an extremely good, speedy and focused presenter that comes well prepared! Yes, you might say Jeff Prosise. This was one of the best sessions at TechEd. And definitely the most valuable code demos with zip download. Stuff I already know I’ll use in my Silverlight projects in the future.

Things that Jeff went through:

Final verdict: this session was great!

WIA301 Architecting Microsoft Silverlight Applications with MVVM – Shawn Wildermuth

Shawn knows a lot about the Model-View-ViewModel pattern but unfortunately he isn’t able to communicate that much of his knowledge. There is way too much code writing going on during his presentation. Also, even though there are a few pointers to take with you, I didn’t really feel that I got the whole gist of what is so great with the MVVM pattern.

Not that many notes:

Final verdict: this session was ok.

DEV05-IS Building Extensible Systems in Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 and Microsoft Silverlight – Magnus MÃ¥rtensson

This session was first scheduled, then removed, and now reintroduced as the last session on friday. I don’t know the reasons behind this, but since it was the only session on MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) I was pleased that it wasn’t killed after all. This should have meant less than perfect preparations for Magnus, which might have shown through – or he was just going with the fact that it was an interactive session. Anyway, it was a relaxed presentation where he took requests about what to demo and a lot of questions from the audience. As it turned out, it isn’t that much to the core of MEF, which I guess is only a good thing.

Last notes:

Final verdict: this session was ok.

And the end has come.

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