Yesterday myself and Carl from the Boston area office attended the MSDN Northeast Roadshow stop in Waltham, MA for a good day of geeky goodness. Chris Bowen and Jim O'Neil from Microsoft were again on point with informative (and fun!) presentations on the following topics:
- Something WCF This Way Comes
- RIA Window: Expression, Silverlight, and MVVM
- LINQ De-crypted
- Tales from the Webside- ASP.Net Webforms, Ajax, and more
The sessions were action packed (watch out for flying RoadBlocks!) with tons of good info. While they all rocked, my personal favorite were the looks into WCF and RIA development talks. The WCF talk covered a walk through why you'd move to WCF as well as the basic building blocks of WCF and how to take advantage of it. The RIA talk was great as well, especially since information on MVVM development can sometimes be hard to come by (as well as an excellent talk of where the need for MVVM came from, awesome job, Jim!). It was also a surprise to see just how many people had not heard of Blend before, but all the more reason why they were giving Expression Studio away as a prize at the end. Carl won out though, and I may be borrowing his copy of Ninja Gaiden 2 at some point. :)
All in all a great time though, I won't bore you with the details but definitely check out Jim's Live SkyDrive for the materials. It won't give you the same effect as being there, but there are some cool samples you can check out. Also, be sure to subscribe to Chris's blog so you can be sure to attend the next one (or one of the next stops in this RoadShow)!