PDC Day 1 - Part II

This afternoon I attended three session and they were all good. I already mentioned the VSTS session in my last post. After that I went to a session on SQL Server 2005: Building Distributed, Asynchronous Database Applications with the Service Broker.  The demos went a little fast to follow. I have heard and read about Service Broker before so I knew what was going on, if I hadn't I would have left thinking, “What is Service Broker anyway”. I think it's going to be an unbelievably useful tool for developers. I hope everyone goes to see it and understand how they can use it in their architecture. Service Broker Rocks.

After that I attended Windows Forms: Harnessing the Power and Flexibility of Windows Forms 2.0. This is a popular subject. The room was overflowing. It wasn't a huge room mind you. But it was the second time it ran today, the first time they added satellite rooms, the presenter told us 2 or 3 extra rooms. Plus they have added another session later in the week. We got to see some real stuff that will be available soon including ToolStrips, DataGridView, BackGroundWorker, and TableLayoutPanel. The presenter Erick Ellis did an excellent job. TableLayoutPanel is a very cool tool. If you create localized applications you need to look at this.

Dropped in to PDC underground over at the Weston Bonaventure. The RD's were all doing short presentations on various subjects. Very entertaining as usual, although Billy Hollis had trouble with his machine and could not do his presentation. :(

Someone named Holly won an i-mate JASJAR tonight for getting spotted in her hat. She was no more then 2 feet from me in my hat. <|:) Maybe tomorrow.