Monday Nov 7th, Las Vegas NV:
Me and Jeremy arrived at Las Vegas airport from Burbank really fast, within 35 minutes! Our flight was supposed to be an hour long but we were standing right there in Vegas at 11:34 AM...that was amazing. Finding hotel and registration was easy; In order to go to Mandalay Bay, we've to walk some freeways and do some death defying runs in places where there is no sidewalk but I think we'd survive.
Registration for DevConnections was well organized. Upon registration, I've got a nice backpack, a cool conference book with print out from slides and space for writing notes along with November issue of ASP.NET pro magazine (which I already had).
Now I'm having a hard time deciding events between all the four conferences since they are all really yummy. Tempting Business Intelligence in SQL connections, Practical web apps in ASP.NET connections, cutting edge patterns, practices and architecture in Visual Studio Connections and in-depth OO in C++ Connections...some really difficult choices to make (now you see the importance of cloning)
So, if I must decide, Tomorrow I'd be taking
9:45 - 10:45 :Jonathan Hawkin's Developing an ASP.NET Server Control with design time support.
(WCF/Indigo track is nice but I've taken Ami Vora's presentation in Anaheim on Indigo tour before).
11:00 - 12:00 : Data Access in ASP.NET 2.0 / Patterns and Practices Enterprise Library*
1:30 - 2:30: How to Build Win Form today which will interop well with Avalon / Tips and Tricks for ASP.NET 2.0 and VS.NET 2005*
2:45 - 3:45: Creating dynamic websites with ASP.NET 2.0 webparts / In-depth look at win forms*
4:15 - 5:15: Extending ASP.NET memberships and role manager with custom providers / Microsoft Security development life-cycle.*
and then of course T-Shirt redemption
7:00 - 9:00: Microsoft unplugged (quizzes, prizes, giveaways)
I'll soon leave to attend VS 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 unleashed keynote of Scott Guthrie; will write about it later during the night.
*There is a tie here, let's see what Jeremy decides to take