Monday, June 12, 2006

Tech Ed so far...

Just have a moment to make a quick post. Here's what's been going on so far...

First Session Web301 ASP.NET: accelerating Web Application Development with the Microsoft Enterprise Library. To be honest, I was not impressed with the content for this as a "300" level course. I expected some really in-depth stuff about extending it and writing your own providers. This was a basic "see spot use EL" thing. Not NEARLY deep enough. The speaker did seem to be half-asleep, but some of the comments I heard people making were just mean. That's not cool.

Then one to DEV304: Delving into Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects. This was MUCH better. I've played with the Logical Datacenter Diagram and the Application Designer a bit. They are pretty cool. But this speaker went into some great detail with the System Designer and the Deployment Report. I'm definitely gonna try to get my clients (especially those with big data centers) interested in this!

Just got done with CON206 (WinFx) Windows Workflow Foundation: Introduction. I hadn't done much with WF (very clear, it's NOT WWF. Those people are very... litigeous) but I'm excited about it now. It seems like there might be some overlap with BizTalk... I'll ask Brian about it later and see what his take is. But, I think it's going to be a very helpful tool.

One non-technical observation. And an explanation. If you meet me here at Tech Ed, and I seem hesitent to shake your hand, there is a reason. Everybody is pressed for time and the bathrooms are full. I get that. But, PLEASE take a moment and WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER YOU "GO" for Christ's sake! It's just gross.

For some non-Microsoft technical (sorta) content, I did learn something about my iPod this morning. I have a travel adapter for it. I plugged it in after my workout this morning and.... nothing. No charging, no nothing. After several minutes of what my Mom would refer to as "Sailor Talk" I figured out (and no, it wasn't in the directions) that the iPod must be in standby BEFORE you plug it in. WTF? Anyway, crisis averted.

Time to go get my "learn-on." Later....

9 comments:

Brian said...

No handwashing... #1 or #2?

James Bender said...

Neither as far as I can tell. I'm not taking a poll as they leave the stalls...

Anonymous said...

You are a nerd lol!

Drew Robbins said...

Ooops.

Alexei said...

Hey, perhaps for James we should change the labeling of the classes, say multiply it -i, so fro everyone it will be 300, for james it will -300i, read imaginary 300 :)

James Bender said...

Autsko, are you "Anonymous?"

Just a hunch ;)

Brian H. Prince said...

Since when are you more popular than me? You have been blogging for mere hours, and you have more comments that I have ever had. :(

The brian in the first comment was not me.

So, I assume you have your DVR recording Matlock for you? I know how grumpy you get when you stay up late, or miss Matlock. Also, did you find an MCL Cafeteria around here?

James Bender said...

I hope the staggering popularity of my blog does negativly impact my pay... :-/

The first Brian was Brian Anzalone from Las Vegas. There must be like 15,000 people named Brian in the English speaking world, and I think I know all of them.

I did not find an MCL, so I haven't eaten since leaving Ohio. I could DVR Matlock, but you know, it's just not the same.....

Anonymous said...

The guy who did that Enterprise Library talk... at first I thought he was Kevin Smith:-)