MIX 08 - Day 3

By James at March 07, 2008 05:54
Filed Under: MIX 08

It sure is hard to get up this morning, maybe all you can eat ribs at midnight isn't the best thing to do.

The first presentation "Using an Internet Service Bus to Build Next Generation Applications and Services" is interesting. Microsoft is releasing a lot of their APIs from their live platform to allow developers to create first rate applications. Head over to http://sessions.visitmix.com/ to check it out. After break is what I was hoping to be an interesting topic, "Microsoft Silverlight and Dynamic Languages". It's given by a team of devs, two guys, and obviously one wears the pants in the relationship. The dude's presentation style is brusk and condesending, especially to his partner. I try to let that go, but when they start talking about how easy it is to code Ruby with VIM, and he's barking to his partner, "no up, up, down, no search for this", I just gotta go.

I chose poorly.

Time to grab my box lunch and head to the last conference of the day, "Effective User Interfaces in Windows Presentation Foundation and Microsoft Silverlight". Glad I got there early. As I'm eating my lunch, the room fills up and soon the pitbulls close the door. Ten minutes in and I realize this isn't what I was hoping for. The presenters are from some design firm, talking about how great they are. Ok, let's find something else.

I wander around and end up in a half filled room. This presentation seems interesting, "Applications = Designers + Developers". It's two guys, one a designer, the other a developer, showing how they built the Deep Zoom Composer with WPF, Blend, and C#. This is so cool. Blend and Visual Studio talk with each other so one persons changes don't affect the others. The designer can just completley change the entire interface, and all of the interactions, events, code behind stay put. This is going to be a great way to work now.

Mix is over. I head back to the Sandbox to see what's what, and the pitbull guards won't let anyone in. Time to head home to see Carmina. YAHOO! 

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James James is a five time and current Microsoft MVP in Client App Development, a Telerik Insider, a past Director on the INETA North America Board, a husband and dad, and has been developing software since the early days of Laser Discs and HyperCard stacks. As the Founder and President of the Inland Empire .NET User's Group, he has fondly watched it grow from a twice-a-month, early Saturday morning group of five in 2003, to a robust and rambunctious gathering of all types and sizes of .NET developers.

James loves to dig deep into the latest cutting edge technologies - sometimes with spectacular disasters - and spread the word about the latest and greatest bits, getting people excited about developing web sites and applications on the .NET platform, and using the best tools for the job. He tries to blog as often as he can, but usually gets distracted by EF, LINQ, MVC, ASP, SQL, XML, and most other types of acronyms. To keep calm James plays a mean Djembe and tries to practice his violin. You can follow him on twitter at @latringo.

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