Target for today: only visit maximum level sessions. Well I did 5 tracks and with a average off 431 … not bad. Here are the results.
Session ‘An In-Depth Look at Windows Forms in VS 2005’ by Brian Noyes. A few windows forms 2.0 controls where showed. Much better support for databinding and the datagrid has been replaced by a better datagridview. I hope that this and other changes are good enough to be less dependent on 3-third party tools. You can download the great demo here and the must-have backgroundworker for .NET version 1.1 here.
Next session was ‘VS 2005 Team System Enterprise-Class Source Control’ by Brian A. Randell and Ashwin Karuhatty. So one session on what the possibilities are and how TS source control is working. Most shocking where the NON-windows support (they actually demonstrated a check-in from Unix machine) and the support for VS 2003, vb6 & vc6 so that you can put all you’re sources into one store. Great demo about creating your own check-in rule . Promising stats about the performance of TS source control in an enterprise deployment.
The session ‘VSTO Programming and deployment’ by BJ Holtgrewe was ended in 45 min by throwing goodies to the audience. A 400 session, not, more like 200, but I don’t care, the only that matters is my daily average. Nice overview on deploying VSTO apps unfortunate to little demo’s.
After lunch I went to the forum for the more comfort chairs ‘Smart Client Offline Data Synchronization and Caching’ by Brian Noyes (again). Different scenarios for creating a offline smart client guided by great examples (download here). Also showed how to deal with the offline application block. Needs lot of config in code, but manages all on- offline issues.
Last session of this Tech-Ed ‘Choose Your Approach to Design and Develop Web Services Applications’ by Christian Weyer. Very good story about how you should design you’re webservices guided by great demo’s (watch his blog for the sources). Nutshell: Contract-first bases with a XSD schema, Versioning using the xs:choise, XSD schema validation. The WSCF tool was giving great support on the demo’s and you should consider using them instead of the VS build in generators.