PDC05 is over

This year's PDC is now officially over. I changed the flair on my blog. The hallways in the Convention Center are slowly starting to drain. If this post suddenly ends, you know I have been kicked out of the building.

I'll be in the States for another two weeks on holiday, so my blog will probably go quiet for that period. Any US or Canadian citizens reading this, who are jealous of that many holidays: it's one of the perks of working in the Netherlands. But hey, we Europeans don't get the free SQL Server license that was promised in the keynote!

I liked most of what I saw here at the PDC. The bad news:

  • We have no idea when C# 3.0, VB 9.0 and (D/X)LINQ are going to be released.
  • IIS 7.0 will be a long wait.
  • Mary Jo Foley was right again: there are no Office 12 and Sparkle bits handed out to attendees. All PDC attendees will get access to Beta 1 of Office 12 when it is released in a couple of months. But Sparkle will only be opened up for those of us who can present a "business need" to have access to a preview version. I fear working in the Financial Services sector will not count as a business need.

It was very nice to meet two Microsoft employees in person after their talk: Adam Nathan and Matt Warren. Well, Matt didn't speak in person, but it was a lot of his work on (D)LINQ that got presented by Anders Hejlsberg and others.

Adam was actually the only presenter of a talk I went to, that had bumped up the font size of the non-code windows in Visual Studio. It's amazing that so few speakers at Microsoft know how to and/or take the effort to do so. Thanks Adam, for that courtesy to the audience.

The best talk this year for me was COM325 Workflow + Messaging + Services: Developing Distributed Applications with Workflow. It really openened my eyes on the new possibilities with Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF aka Indigo). Of course, Don knows how to present his and Dharma's stuff.

Workflows are transparent, Activities/Services are opaque. But as Don said don't go put that on a T-shirt or present it as a tenet of workflow.

More to come after I get back home.

[Update 2005-10-04: fixed hyperlink for Adam Nathan's blog]

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