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It’s getting to be that time of year again…PDC!!!  For those who may not know, “PDC” is the beloved TLA for Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference.  This is it.  The geeks conference.  If you are a bit twiddler, this is for you.  PDC is where most of the forward-looking stuff is revealed.  It is also where certain executives come out for their semi-annual keynote ;-).

Microsoft PDC logo

PDC is in their 14th year!  Amazing.  The conference, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 17-19 NOV (with pre-cons happening on 16-NOV), will be awesome.  Learn about new stuff, see things you haven’t even heard of yet, and network with the industry’s best.  Silverlight will have some representation there of course and you can see some hints already on the session listings:

It is going to be a great PDC for Silverlight and I will definitely be there to hang out with the developers and listen to your feedback about Silverlight and see what you are doing with it.  Follow PDC09 on Twitter or search for #pdc09 for information updates.

Join me in LA!  And if anyone wants to help me find the Kogi BBQ truck while there this time, let me know ;-)


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8/7/2009 11:28 AM | # re: Silverlight at Microsoft PDC09 – we will be there!
I hear you Marc. Fully half of my time is spent working on an ASP site. Corporate developers in most manufacturing industries are stuck with slow moving infrastructures, low budgets (IT is a cost center you know), constant fire fighting, little care about investing into developer skills improvement (98% of that I have to do on my own time), and a "we don't need that, we don't need that, we need it yesterday!" app requests. Your rewarded for how fast you get it done, not how well you get it done. Source control? Don't need it. {shakes head}
8/8/2009 7:31 AM | # re: Silverlight at Microsoft PDC09 – we will be there!
I hear the frustration of those out there who want to use the new stuff but can't at their jobs.

I was in this situation then I started making Open Source projects on CodePlex.com. I was able to get a job doing what I love AFTER I was able to prove I knew how to do it with a finished product on CodePlex.
8/9/2009 9:35 PM | # re: Silverlight at Microsoft PDC09 – we will be there!
There's no excuse for lack of source control. Especially with excellent products like SubVersion out there which forced giants like Microsoft to re-think their feature sets and implementations, you need to have it even if you're only a 1-developer shop. It's a whole different mentality when you're forced to think in terms of changesets and branches instead of just CTRL-S. I think the best part is that you can be a Microsoft shop and still use open-source tools, which helps prepare you for the time if/when you start to work at a place that has its act together.

You wouldn't want to have twenty years' experience working at a manufacturing job that only moves pallets using hand carts, and then try to get a supervisory job that requires working knowledge of fork lifts and cherry pickers. If you can get free experience driving a forklift, you'd be dumb *not* to take it. Yeah it might mean a few weekends of lessons when you'd rather be at the pool, but eventually you might even be able to convince the boss how much better the tool is (for the short term) and get to check the box on the next interview (for the long term).
8/10/2009 9:15 AM | # re: Silverlight at Microsoft PDC09 – we will be there!
Oh I agree. I was dumbfounded to find years of code in asp/vb6/c++ littered all over file shares and no consistent, source control setup. So I promptly wrote up a proposal, recorded a screencast, proposed implementation group and plan, and submitted it to management. Couple months later and they haven't even bothered to review it. sad.
8/13/2009 11:22 AM | # re: Silverlight at Microsoft PDC09 – we will be there!
Cool. I will decide until second week of September my assistance to PDC2009, I've never been and I really want to go. Do you know if Brad Abrams will be participating with his Silverlight experiments where he mixes many other Microsoft new cool stuff?

 
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