The Dutch DevDays 2006 Day 1
How was day one? Well sometimes I got bored because I already saw some technologies they had shown before. For instance: the Windows Vista demo and the C# generics stuff. Besides that I had a wonderfull time.
My goodies so far:
- Two free exam vouchers for upgrading my MCAD to MCPD! Cool man! The vouchers will be expired at 12/31/2006.
- I bought a MS press book: Working with MS VS.NET 2005 TEAM SYSTEM with 20% discount:)
Here are my reviews about the sessions I attended.
Session: 1 11:00-12:15 : Overview of WinFX
The keynote was 10-15minutes longer than expected. So I missed some of the WinFX presentation. Martin Tirion spoke about Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation and the Windows Presentation Foundation. I liked the demo's about Windows Presentation Foundation a lot. Now I can finally programming some cool animations in just a few minutes. There will be three new Microsoft Products to create some cool Stuff. The names of the products are: Microsoft Expression Designer, Microsoft Interactive Designer and the last product I forgot. And guess what? WPF is using DirectX under the hood!
Lunch session: 12:30 - 13:15 Next Generation Refactoring
Mark Miller rocks:) He really showed off with the next generation refactoring tool called Refactor! Before the presentation I had never heard about this product.
- Supports VS.NET 2003 and 2005;
- Refactor your code with the least amount of keystrokes;
- No modal dialogs;
- Preview the code before refactoring;
- Context sensitve refactoring;
- Some inline animation with blue and red arrows to indicate the input and output flow of a function. This shows the dependency of the data related to the function call;
- No rename outside the class yet. They are still working on it.
Session 2: 13:30 - 14:45 SQL Server 2005- enabled features in data access
The room was packed with a lot of people. Some of them didn't had a place to sit. It was warm and I almost fell asleep couple of times;). At first I was not planning to go to this session. But I changed my mind about this. Why? Ehh I thought the information might come in handy. But this session was not what I expected. I expected some code demos and some of the new features in SQL Server 2005. But none of these where shown.
Bob Beauchemin spoke about SQL Native Client. This is actually the new driver which incorporate OLEDB, ODBC and the new JDBC. Correct me if i'm wrong. Microsoft rewrote JDBC because the previous driver still has some bugs. This driver was written by a third party.
If you want to use the new SQL Server 2005 features with OLEDB, ODBC of JDBC. Use SQL Native Client. And if you don't care about the new features. You can still use older drivers. The next item I can remember was, the notification service. It works as follows, Create a notification procedure in SQl Server 2005, write a delegate in VS.NET in combination with a dependancy (or was it sql dependancy?) and attach it to the notification service. The notification service can be used to update your asp.net cache. The notification will not tell you which rows are updated, deleted or added. It only tells you that the information has changed. The notification service is best used for information that will not frequenly change.
Session 3: 15:00 - 16:15 Developing Interactive web applications with ATLAS
- Cool demos with the AJAX Content control. This control can be used to update only the information in the defined control.
- Progress control. This control will be used for displaying an animated gif with a waiting text to show that the request is processing;
- It is possible to trigger webservice with a ajax control;
- It is possible to attach different kinds behaviours to AJAX controls;
Related information: The atlas project and the Web developer Helper and Fiddler.
Session 4 16:30 - 17:45 Effective use of Generics in C#
I must say that this was the most boring session of the whole day. I thought it was an in depth session about the tricks, do and don'ts about generics. But instead this was just a introduction about Generics. How boring....
That's it for now.