piątek, 7 marca 2008

Heroes happen here - {in Warsaw}

Mood: Too much paper work, too much organizational stress, but... finally weekend incoming

Yesterday (6.III) I have attended to MS conference Heroes Happen Here in Warsaw, which was sold as countrywide premiership of Windows 2008, VS 2008 & SQL Server 2008. It happened 7 days after the premier in LA (27.II), where quite a big show took a place including Steve Ballmer speech - do you prefer pictures or text from this event?

Comparing Warsaw HaHaHa to LA event or MTS 2007, it was quite modest one, but I liked it as I am not the one who screams seeing fireworks. In fact that was the Microsft&Parnters RoadShow around Poland presenting the bundle of new products. The split on admnistration and programming part was very smart and working well. MS became much better in organization of these events last years and they served quite good, standard package: hotel Gromada; 4 coffee brakes; good food, which you could eat staying in crowdy place (the only constant disadvantage); and nicely looking hostesses. The service was generally decent with one exception, which I have finally figured out - stuffy conference rooms, which made everyone sleppy, but only the technical staff could do it without a shame ;)

Hey man! Who are you? Stop to talk about logistics! The conference is about gaining the knowledge!

Yes, that is true and this is why it was a fruitful day - I had good, quick review of my knowledge about .Net Framework and 2 out 4 speeches were really good.

I must mention new MS ISV Evangelist Barłomiej Zass, who had sold MS religion in eatable way. He did not go with easy way showing just bullets, but he spend visible amount of time to prepare the real examples of "how VS 2008 makes your code shorter". Some of these samples were a little bit marketing like the new face of Unit Tests (descendant ACT was not mentioned), but most of them truely made me thinking about buying the thing, when I saw houndreds lines of code decresaing to dozens with usage of LINQ tricks. At the end there was one thing, which truely surprised me... Version Digresion- he described the versioning strategy, which set up the rules of making the build AFTER EACH check-in. Furthermore, this rigoristic approach is even tougher in some companies (luckily in US), who turns on the red lights and trumpets in open space, if some developer checked-in the wrong code, which does not compile!!! Can you imagine this? How motivating is that, to double check your changes (at least if they compile) before you check-in. Good and scary!

The 1st star of the conference was though Bartosz Pampuch from Comarch. I must admit, he is the one, who makes me beliving in polish MVPs. He taught among others the perfect answer for any architectural question - IT DEPENDS! :D The laugh was iterational :D His nice slides warmed up the audience and his great speech showed plenty of real-code situations including positives and negatives of new MS solutions. He was brave enough to show sincerly the problems when making transactions with WCF, WWF is not easy to understand and acceptable by final users (what is the story with this Properties panel? Why that is so complicated? :D) and some problems with scalability of WWF. This is why his positive feedback about .Net 3.5 was so reliable and at the end of his part, you are willing to play with "his" toys. It was very visible that this fellow has a fun working with these new technologies and he had the ability to share it with others.

And at the end I came back to my workplace... Emails, Words, Excels and other "cool" stuff... Trying so deseprately and unsuccessfully clean up my desk, so I can open for 4 hours straight at least VS 2005 ;)

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