Gray's Matter
Justice Gray - North America's favorite metrosexual software consultant

I Wish These People Updated More Than Once a Year

[this is not a joke, despite how it may read at first]

then you *need* to go see Scott Hanselman's presentation, "Microsoft .NET Framework: Overview and Applications for Babies" *tomorrow*, Monday the 27th of October, at 5:15 PM in room TL49.  You need to see it, and when it blows you away, make sure you provide good ratings and feedback for the presentation.  Hell - listen, if you're *not* at PDC, find some way to submit feedback anyway and make sure it is 10 out of 5 stars or whatever ratings scale Microsoft uses for these things.

Scott has given an overview of this presentation before, but in case you're too lazy to find it by clicking on the link, here it is again:

"Join Scott Hanselman for this lots-of-code-minimal slides talk that walks through the sheer joy of building out a .NET Framework application with Visual Studio using many of the new advances in the .NET Framework 3.5SP1 and 4.0. We have a data layer with Entity Framework, use REST web services with WCF and ADO.NET Data Services, write an ASP.NET site for reporting using Dynamic Data and MVC. All the data will come from a WPF client application and a Silverlight application that the audience will run live! All this, plus it's an application that babies and toddlers will love!"

So what makes this presentation great enough for me to interrupt my *own* self-promotion to highlight someone else? 

a) Scott's presentation is not yet another Northwind-based demo*
b) Scott's presentation is a highly original usage of the .NET libraries and thus stands a very good chance of being *memorable* and having a lasting impact on those in attendance
c) Scott is a Microsoft employee.  For those of you who read the first two points and thought, "Big deal, Justice, you did a presentation on MS MVC that explained the MVC pattern in terms of Steven Rockarts' drug addiction" I'm not an employee of MS, and thus not subject to Microsoft's cardinal rule against being interesting.
d) I know how Microsoft works with these things, and if Scott's presentation is the blowout highlight of the conference,there will be leverage for *more* original presentations, *better* presentations, and ones that actually can *teach* people via unforgettable impacts.  Who actually goes to a Northwind demo and actually *remembers* what they saw?

This is *your* chance to be an influence on Microsoft's future direction!  Previously, the only chances you've had to be part of a zeitgeist moment in the software development industry have been:

  • shaking my hand
  • seeing me wave at either you or someone behind you from a distance

Scott's presentation, believe it or not, may be an even larger moment than the above.  Please, I am begging you, if you have a chance to see this thing, *attend it with all of your might*.  It might be our only opportunity as a profession to free ourselves of Microsoft's Northwind-based demos and moving on to something meaningful!!

* Seriously, I legitimately dream of a day when the statement "This was the strangest Microsoft talk I could sneak past the bosses without them noticing" isn't something that needs to be said, even *half*-jokingly.  We've made some progress but we've still got a long way to go.
Monday, 27 October 2008 #