Last week I spoke at TechEd India and the
Visual Studio 2010 launch. It was a great event with over 3,000 attendees, far
more than attended the Visual Studio launch in Las Vegas! Senior vice president of
the Developer Division at Microsoft, S.
Somasegar, did an awesome keynote. I did three sessions:
Something happened to me that never happened before in my 13+ years of being a professional
international speaker: I lost my voice! I was in Indonesia the week before and picked
up a small bug and had no voice. This was a new challenge for me, and Microsoft offered
to cancel my sessions, but I figured why would I let no voice stop me from delivering
my sessions!! So I decided to throw away the slides and just code. I had no voice
anyway, so I spoke the universal geek language of code.
I think that the sessions went very well, however, since the code was written on the
fly, I don’t have full demos available to download. For the RIA services talk, I ripped
Abrams blog here and basically showed items 1-5, and 8-9. For the WCF/Silverlight
session, I ripped off myself, you can see a walk
through here on my blog (substitute the music data in my blog with IPL
cricket teams since that is what I did in India). For the OData session, I have
written a ton on data services here
on my blog, and check back after TechEd USA and I will post a full demo with Silverlight
4.0 and the new OData
client (which shipped yesterday.)
At TechEd, Telerik also had
a booth and I tried to help out the best I could with no voice. We were bum-rushed
for the free tee-shirts and we gave away about 300 tee shirts in about 1 minute.
Telerik also had a party with the Indian MVPs at the Opus Lounge in Bangalore and
we had some tee shirts for the MVPs. We made them put them on right there. :)
We had some epic karaoke and I continued my tradition of singing with an MVP Lead
female songs as Abhishek Kant and I sang “Like a Virgin” to bring down the house.
What little I had of my voice was now completely gone!
See you next year TechEd India!
Stephen Forte sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).