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Well, I wish I was going to this event: ReMIX UK!  For one, it would be starting the day of my birthday and would be a great birthday treat!  Secondly, I would be able to meet up with my fellow escamoles chaps and maybe take in some local cuisine instead.

If you are in the UK, or for some reason really wanted to see the current value of the US dollar, make sure you head to ReMIX UK!  The lineup is pretty incredible when you look at it…here’s some Microsoft favorites:

I also saw on the agenda for the 2 day event that Tim Sneath and Jesse Liberty were listed, so it should be even richer (pun intented) content.  In addition it looks like some great stuff on the designer and creative strategy side of the business as well.  I’m sure there will be enough Silverlight stuff there to keep you going as well as WPF, ASP.NET and others!

By the way, I listed Dr. Neil above as one of my Microsoft favorites.  He’s actually one of our Regional Directors.  If you have never met Dr. Neil…do so.  He’s a great guy, very intelligent and fun to be around.  Ask him about how he manages developer teams and the ‘check-in’ metaphor for people, not just code.  Seriously, he would be a not miss either.

I wish I could travel across the pond for this one, but I’ll be hopefully approximately 25 meters under water in some area of Mexico celebrating with friends.  Have fun though!

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I'm Speaking at Mix Essentials - La Esencia de la Web - 5 de junio, 2008, México, D.F. This week I’ll be traveling to Mexico City to meet developers and designers at the local MIX Essentials (English translation here – funny that RIA gets translated to LAUGHS) event.  I’ll be presenting two sessions there this week.  I was fortunate enough to be asked to kick-off the conference talking about building RIAs with Silverlight 2.  I’m particularly excited about this as I have some things to show that haven’t really been shown broadly yet.  I will also be speaking on working with data in Silverlight 2 later in the day.  This session will cover working with services, servers, sockets and LINQ as a part of Silverlight development.

I hope that all those near Mexico City and around will be able to join us at this event.  If you are planning on being there, I look forward to meeting you and getting feedback on Silverlight as well as seeing what really interesting things are being developed in Mexico.  See you soon!

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Je viens en Belgique pour MIX!

MIX Essentials Logo In one of my previous posts I made reference to the MIX Essentials event happening in Belgium later this month (24 APR).  Well, it turns out that I will be there!  I'll be speaking on Silverlight 2 and creating rich applications and am joining the company of Gil Cleeren and Catherine Heller...oh yeah and Ballmer (I tried to catch a ride with him, but couldn't cash in my frequent flyer miles).  My session will provide an overview of everything new in Silverlight 2 and how you can start building your applications using it today.  I'm hoping you all that will be attending will bring some great questions and not throw anything at me (unless it is euros, those are fine). 

I've only had one other trip to Europe ever (to Italy) and am looking forward to going to Belgium.  Everything I know about Belgium is from a recent show on Food TV, so I'm looking forward to some education :-)!  So I'm taking some travel tips from Scott Hanselman and getting things in order (already have the monster cable thanks to my peep Jason Mauer and I, too, highly recommend that one).  I look forward to seeing you there!

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We're off!  Just minutes ago The Code Trip left the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas en route to our first stop in Salt Lake City.  It's going to be a late night of coding and editing of some video.  Now that we've officially left, I'll share the actual pictures of our bus so you can be on the lookout for us:

The Code Trip

Tomorrow (late tonight) we roll in to Salt Lake for the combined .NET community user group meeting at the Franklin Covey building.  We're going to spend 2 hours talking about what we saw at MIX08.  We've got a special guest on board, Kelly White from the Portland area user experience group (PDXUX) who will be sharing his thoughts on Silverlight 2.  We'll show some of the Deep Zoom technology and some other great stuff!  Don't miss this if you are in the area.  See you soon!

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The Code Trip LogoWow, it's been a few months now since I thought about doing a road trip talking about the next wave of technologies.  I originally thought it would be the "Silvertour" but we've now actually made it happen.  I can tell you that the behind the scenes of this has been a long process.  It seems so simple and I can hear the people now saying 'why was it so hard, c'mon you are Microsoft and have zillions of dollars.'  Sure, maybe that is true about a big company, but that's also the point.  We are a company of companies and thus we still have budgets.  For me, that's been the biggest challenge wrangling in budgets, efforts, desires, balancing other goals, etc.  It's been a long process.

But it's on baby.  The Code Trip is coming...like in a few days literally.  We thought small (budgets) and wanted to go the RV route.  Well, for various reasons (stop by an event and we can chat), we got a friggin tour bus.  And in fact it's the tour bus coming off the Styx tour.  How crazy is that?  Here's a preview of what we'll be cruising around the western U.S. in:

The Code Trip Bus

So we're off...leaving from MIX on Thursday, March 6 (stop by the blogzone to help send us off).  Our schedule is up on the site and will be continuously updated.  The site will be evolving after MIX announcements :-).  We're excited to head out.  We know we've forgotten things probably.  Heck, it will be a great time and we look forward to seeing you all on the road.  Visit the site, subscribe to the main feed, follow us for real-time updates on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.  We'll be having contest announcements TODAY as well so you'll want to make sure you follow all those links as we'll announce some contest in certain areas.

From MIX we'll be hitting these cities first:

Please join us in person if you can, but follow us on line to view our daily log podcasts and code samples we'll be putting up.  See you on the road!