I attended the MSDN Northeast Roadshow in Waltham, MA yesterday and strongly recommend that anyone in the Augusta, Maine or Farmington, Connecticut areas check out the show when it is in your area within the next week. Lots of great content ranging from why MVC is not that scary to reasons why you should be looking out for the Silverlight 3 release. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the event, it's a great opportunity to find out what is new and exciting with the Microsoft development world, dodge colorful question reward bricks (the sound of impact on an unsuspecting crowd member is something you won't soon forget), and get the level of jokes that only developers would appreciate. :)
There are some definite highlights I want to cover (hint: Maine and Connecticut residents, these are reasons why you should attend!):
- Windows 7 Dev Story - Any chance you aren't excited about Windows 7? Well, you should be! We are going to have a lot of fun little tidbits and enhancements available to make things more intuitive and user friendly, and it may be the geek in me, but being able to shake a window to hide other windows is just cool.
- Desperately Seeking Silverlight - A look at where Silverlight has been and where it is going. For those of you who are following this, the SL3 release is going to be huge for a few small reasons (if you don't believe me, download our Silverlight 3 beta bits and give some of the advances in SL3 a whirl!).
- Deep Dive into MVC - This is the third talk on MVC I've been to in the last year and it is finally starting to sink in.
- WPF 1,2,3 - As if things like the Ribbon aren't cool enough, just wait for the last demo. It is so worth it.
But don't take my word for it- Chris, Bob, and Jim provide a heck of a day and it is well worth checking this out yourself! Especially considering our Q2 release is right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with the latest stuff out there before diving into the new things we will be offering.