Showing posts with label TechEd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TechEd. Show all posts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Connect(); Build, Ignite- It's Conference Announcement Time!

Somasegar’s blog - Chance to Connect(); on What’s Coming Next, November 12th and 13th

On November 12th, we'll be hosting an online developer event called Connect();Connect(); will be a chance to have a conversation with developers about what’s coming next for developer tools, developer services and application platforms across Microsoft. Check out the Connect(); event page for the agenda and other details.

Connect(); builds upon where we’ve been, and the work we’ve been doing over the last year.  As we prepare for next month’s event, I thought I would share a recap of some of the highlights from the last year.

Where We’ve Been

A year ago, we launched Visual Studio 2013 and announced the availability of Visual Studio Online.  Developers have been adopting both at a great rate with over 7 million downloads of VS2013 and over 1.7 million registered accounts in Visual Studio Online so far. 

Following through on our commitment to a faster release cadence....


Mobile developers today face a diverse device landscape, with Android, iOS and Windows device platforms, and a variety of device form factors.  With Visual Studio, we have been working to enable developers to target every mobile platform, sharing as much code and assets as possible.  With C# and Xamarin or JavaScript and the Cordova tools for Visual Studio (preview), ...


The cloud offers incredible flexibility and new approaches to application architectures and development practices.  Over the last year, we’ve broadened the Azure platform for all developers, with support for Windows and Linux, Chef and Puppet, SharePoint and Oracle, Java and PHP, and much more.  We’ve also talked about the next steps we are taking with .NET, including the open source ASP.NET vNext  and .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”) projects, as well as the .NET Foundation.  ...


Across every part of the software development industry, the one constant is the changing pace of application delivery.  With Visual Studio Online, we are bringing together a comprehensive suite of devops services to help developers embrace the agile and dev/ops trends, from...

What’s Next

Next month at Connect(); we’ll have a chance to talk about the next wave of innovation and releases across all of these areas.  The event will include updates from Scott Guthrie, Brian Harry, Scott Hanselman and myself, as well as deep dives by product team members on a broad array of new Microsoft developer tools and services. ...

BUILD 2015


The Official Microsoft Blog - Introducing Microsoft Ignite and our lineup of top conferences in 2015

Last July, we put the word out that Microsoft will host a unified enterprise technology conference in May. We told you it will bring together the best of previously individual events – the Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences – and then take it to the next level, based on what our customers and partners have asked for. Now, we have more to share.

Microsoft Ignite is May 4-8 in Chicago at McCormick Place. Satya Nadella will keynote and will be joined by technical and business leaders including Brad Anderson, Joe Belfiore, Dave Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Chris Jones, Julie Larson Green, Gurdeep Singh Pall and many others.

Ignite rounds out our schedule of key events for professional communities in the first half of 2015. We start with...


So it's Build 2015 4/29-5/1 then Ignite (fka TechEd+ a bunch of other conferences rolled into one), 5/4-5/8, i.e. back-to-back.

I'm thinking then that besides a bunch of very tired Microsoft employees, that most of the big reveals will be at BUILD. Win10 RTM? VS "14" Release? Xamarin/Unity purchase (hold over from last year, but a boy can dream... :). So announcements at BUILD but actual bit release the following week at Ignite? That way they keep the news cycle for two weeks? Hummmmm... (Remember this is a TOTAL WAG)

Monday, May 19, 2014

What is 14 sessions, 21 hours and free? The Exam Prep Sessions from TechEd North America 2014...

Speaking of content to catch on the Channel 9 Windows Phone App...

Born to Learn - Now Available On Demand: Exam Prep Sessions from TechEd NA 2014

Whether you attended TechEd North America 2014 or not, all the Exam Prep sessions are available for you to watch anytime, thanks to our friends at Channel 9. Catch them all here.

For ease of reference, here's the list of Exam Prep sessions in the order they were presented during TechEd NA. Enjoy!


14 sessions, 21 hours'ish, all free...


Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition"

TechEd 2014 - TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition

The latest edition of the popular Sysinternals Primer series with Aaron Margosis, Mark Russinovich’s co-author of The Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference. The Sysinternals utilities are vital tools for any computer professional on the Windows platform. Mark Russinovich's popular "Case Of The Unexplained" demonstrates some of their capabilities in advanced troubleshooting scenarios. This complementary tutorial series focuses primarily on the utilities themselves, deep-diving into as many features as time allows. Expect to see some advanced analysis, such as manipulating Procmon results with Windows PowerShell, and interesting/useful new features.


How could I not include this in my Sysinternals post collection? :P

Remember, there's a HUGE collection of free on-demand videos from TechEd and Build. Go there, be there, do there! (or whatever, you get the idea... ;)


Related Past Post XRef:
How-To schools you on SysInternals, "Using SysInternals Tools Like a Pro"
Mark TechEd's you... See all four of Mark Russinovich's recent TechEd North America sessions
The “Windows Sysinternals Primer: Process Explorer, Process Monitor, and More” from TechEd 2010 North America

"Utilizing SysInternals Tools for Windows Client" - The Seven Part Series..
A "Windows Sysinternals Administrator's Reference" book by Mark Russinovich? You had me a $30 pre-order special price (and Sysinternals... and Mark Russinovich... and... )
Sysinternals 101 – “Notes from the field,” a quick intro to a few Sysinternals utilities (Process Explorer, TCPView, Process Monitor, VMMap)
Hands On Learning How to Use the Sysinternals Process Monitor Utility

Process Explorer v16.0 is out and now cooking with VirusTotal
Disk2vhd turns 2, v2.0 that is, and a few more Sysinternals utility updates
New Sysinternals utility released today, Disk2vhd v1.0 – Yes ...

A Sweet Summer Sysinternals Suite Refresh
It's a sweet suite! Windows Sysinternals Suite gets a summer refresh [August 3, 2012]...
Sysinternals Suite 2010 Refreshed - All the latest versions, one 12.4MB zip…
Sysinternals Suite Refreshed – All the latest Sysinternals Utilities, one tiny zip (well 10MB zip…)
Sysinternals Suite (8MB of Complete Sysinternals Goodness)

Mesh'ing, using Vista Scheduling and Robocopy|
A handy PowerShell script to keep your Sysinternals Suite up to date
The latest Sysinternals utilities are just a URL away,

Use the Sysinternals Utilities? The EULA bug dialog you? Then try this…

More desktops for Windows 8 with Sysinternals Desktops v2.0
It's a sunny day when we get a new Sysinternals utility...
It’s a new Sysinternals Tool Day! RAMMap v1.0 released!

Monday, July 01, 2013

Lucian Talks Up Async - The Complete Async Set from TechEd Europe

Lucian's VBlog - Talk: The Complete Async -- three talks from TechEd Europe 2013

I gave three talks on Async at TechEd Europe. These cover everything you need to know about async, from beginner to advanced.

Intro: Using Async in Windows 8. This introductory talk introduces how to use async, the connection between IAsyncOperation and Task, and how to cancel an async operation.


Intermediate: Three Essential Tips for Async. (1) Only use Async Void for event-handlers; (2) use TaskCompletionSource to wrap events; (3) understand IO-bound vs CPU-bound code and handle them differently.


Advanced: How to be a responsible async library developer. (1) If your signature looks async, then your implementation should be truly async, and vice versa; (2) always use await Task.ConfigureAwait(false) in libraries; (3) Optimize the fast path.


Talks, lots of Async tips from someone who's deep in the know...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mark TechEd's you... See all four of Mark Russinovich's recent TechEd North America sessions

Sysinternals Site Discussion - Updates: Mark's TechEd Sessions, Autoruns v11.61, Strings v2.52, ZoomIt v4.5

"Mark’s TechEd Sessions Available On-Demand:  Mark delivered four top-rated sessions at Microsoft’s TechEd US conference two weeks ago, and the recordings are available now for on-demand viewing. In Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, he gives an overview of the deployment and operation of Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks; in Windows Azure Internals Mark goes under the hood of Windows Azure to show its physical and logical datacenter architecture and operation; in Case of the Unexplained you’ll see how to use the Sysinternals tools to solve impossible problems; and in Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools you’ll learn how to use Sysinternals tools to identify and clean malware infestations.

Autoruns v11.61:  ...  This update adds more autostart locations, fixes a bug that could cause a crash when Autorunsc is directed to calculate file hashes, and fixes a bug in Autoruns’ jump-to-image functionality on 64-bit Windows.

Strings v2.52:  This release fixes a bug that prevented the previous one from running on Windows XP.

Zoomit v4.5:  ... This release introduces better support for zooming in on Windows 8 Windows Store applications.


If you've never seen Mark speak, you are missing out. I've seen him a few times and every time I've enjoyed it and, best of all, learning something that I was able to put right to use...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

With yesterday's TechEd VS/TFS announcements, does that mean there's nothing new for //build? Nope! We've only heard "about half"...

Yesterday, right after the keynote, Brian Harry and Brian Keller had their Modern Application Lifecycle Management session. At the start of that session Brian Harry mentioned that we've only heard about half of the story only about the ALM stuff and that "we'll do a similarly large set of announcements" and "there's going to be allot of announcements". 

So stayed tuned folks!

Monday, June 03, 2013

TechEd NA 2013 Day 1 Announcement Round-up - VS 2013, TFS 2013, InRelease, SQL 2014, Server 2012 R2, BizTalk Services, Azure-in-a-box and even more Azure...

Brian Harry's blog - Visual Studio 2013

Hold on to your seat, this is going to be a long one…

Today at TechEd, I announced Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 and many of the Application Lifecycle Management features that they include. Today, we enabled some of those features on Team Foundation Service for you to try out immediately and I announced that a preview of VS 2013 and TFS 2013 will be available at the Build conference later this month.

It’s an exciting time now that we can start talking more openly about what’s coming in our next major release. As usual, there’s so much I will only be able to just skim the surface with this post. Stay tuned for many more posts on my blog, the ALM blog, the Visual Studio blog ...

ALM and Beyond - Visual Studio 2013

Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013.

Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new hybrid Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features, many of which were released today through Team Foundation Service, that help development teams be more productive, improve collaboration through agile development practices, ensure the creation of quality, high performing applications, and accelerate delivery times and resolving issues in production through the support of DevOps capabilities.

Available today, Microsoft also announced updates to its Team Foundation Service with the addition of Agile Portfolio Management, Team Room, Cloud Load Testing, Code Commenting, enhanced Web Test Case Management features and more.

Additionally as of today MSDN subscribers will have access to new benefits that will enable them to develop and test more easily on Windows Azure. This new benefit includes up to $150 worth of Windows Azure platform services per month at no additional cost for Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate MSDN subscribers, and use rights to run selected MSDN software in the cloud.


Somasegar’s blog - Visual Studio 2013, ALM, and DevOps


In this vein, today marks the start of TechEd North America 2013, and with it I’m excited to announce several key advances related to the modern application lifecycle.

Visual Studio 2013

I’m thrilled to share that our next major release, Visual Studio 2013, will be available later this year, with a preview build publicly available at Build 2013 in San Francisco at the end of the month.  In his keynote demo and follow-on foundational session today at TechEd, Brian Harry highlighted some of the new ALM capabilities coming in this release and in the cloud, including new features focused on business agility, quality enablement, and DevOps.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Agile portfolio management, which enables you to plan your agile projects “at scale” by showing the hierarchical relationship between work being done in multiple teams across your organization.
  • Cloud-based load testing, a new capability of Team Foundation Service that takes advantage of the elastic scalability of Windows Azure to generate traffic, simulating thousands of simultaneous virtual users so as to help you understand how your web applications and services operate under load.
  • Code information indicators that provide information about unit tests, work items, code references, and more, all directly within the code editor in Visual Studio, increasing developer productivity by enabling project-related contextual information to be viewed and consumed without leaving the editor.
  • A team room integrated into TFS, improving the collaboration amongst team members via a real-time and persistent chat room that integrates with data and interactions elsewhere in TFS.
  • Identity integrated into Visual Studio, such that the IDE is connected to backend services that support, for example, roaming the developer’s settings as the developer moves from installation to installation.
  • Support in TFS for integrated code comments that facilitate code reviews with increased transparency and traceability.
  • A .NET memory dump analyzer, which enables developers to easily explore .NET objects in a memory dump and to compare two memory dumps in pursuit of finding and fixing memory leaks.
  • Git support built into Visual Studio 2013, both on the client and on the server, including in the on-premises Team Foundation Server 2013.



DevOps is an increasingly important part of application lifecycle management and is a growing area of interest as businesses need to develop and deploy quality applications at a faster pace. We continue to invest in improving the modern application lifecycle, with a particular focus on DevOps.

As part of this increased focus, today I’m excited to announce Microsoft’s agreement to acquire InCycle’s InRelease Business Unit, a leading release management solution for .NET and Windows Server applications. InCycle’s InRelease product is a continuous delivery solution that automates the release process through all of your environments from TFS through to production, all in one solution, and all integrated with TFS.


MSDN and Dev/Test on Windows Azure

The technical improvements we’re making to Visual Studio represent just one facet of the work we’re doing to improve the productivity and success of teams using Microsoft platforms.

For example, we’ve improved the Windows Azure benefit available as part of eligible MSDN subscriptions; you now have a choice as to how you use your Windows Azure credits for development and test, whether you apply them for Virtual Machines, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Mobile Services, Media Services, HDInsight, or beyond.  The Windows Azure MSDN benefit includes access to virtual machine images preconfigured with MSDN subscription software, such as SQL Server and BizTalk Server, and alternatively supports uploading your own virtual machine with your MSDN software.


Matt's ALM space - Team Rooms in Team Foundation Service

So now after the Tech.Ed announcement the Team Rooms are available :)

They are not just a chit-chat tool for conversations into the team. They are an invaluable tool for collaboration.

First of all, we can configure it as a broadcast messenger for certain events


Brian H. Prince's Blog - Stop the presses! Stopped VMs are no longer charged, MSDN benefits improved, and more!

Wow, some truly exciting announcements were made today. I will summarize them here, but once again, for the nitty-gritty details, please see the original post.

1- If you stop a VM, you won’t be charged. This is very new. ....

2- Charged by the minute. ...

3- MSDN subscribers receive free credits. Up until today MSDN subscribers receive ‘free Azure time’. This was expressed as a grid, with a certain amount of free time, allocated per service. You might get 750 hours of free CPU, and then 1GB of free data, etc. etc. This was very complicated, and we were always tuning the ‘right amount’ of each free resource to make sure that it was useful by the developer.

Today we are shifting to a free credit per month plan. ...

4- Additions to the support VPN devices list. VPN devices from F5, Citrix and WatchGuard are now supported for point-to-site networking, in addition to already supported devices from Cisco and Juniper.

5- New datacenters being developed.


Brian H. Prince's Blog - But wait! That’s not all! More Azure Awesomeness!

And the updates and news about Windows Azure keeps rolling in today. We are making tons of announcements at TechEd this week. Here are some more:

You should read part one of these announcements.

1. MSDN licenses are now officially allowed to be used in Windows Azure environments (for dev/test).

2. MSDN subscribers get big discounts on Azure costs. A subscriber can spin up any number of Windows Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and BizTalk Server VMs for Dev/Test scenarios using Windows Azure and pay only 6 cents/hr when running them....

3. The Azure management portal will now tell you how many MSDN credits you have left for the month, and when it resets.

4. Web Sites now has SSL support. During the preview, Windows Azure Web Sites could do SSL... 

5. Updates to Windows Azure Active Directory. ...

6. Free Trials are now easier! Until now, the free trial was like the MSDN benefits. You received a certain amount of access to each service. That was both complicated, and hard to understand. Now, each trial receives $200 per month of service credit! Yes, $200!


Totally go sign up for a free trial now, at

7. We announced the preview of BizTalk Services. ...

ScottGu's Blog - Windows Azure: Announcing Major Improvements for Dev/Test in the Cloud

Windows Azure provides a great environment for dev/test.  This is true both for scenarios where you want to dev/test in the cloud and then run the production app in the cloud, as well as for scenarios where you want to dev/test in the cloud and then run the production app using an existing on-premises Windows Server environment.

Windows Azure’s new IaaS and Virtual Networking capabilities make it really easy to enable enterprise development teams to use the cloud to do this.  Using the cloud for dev/test enables development teams to work in a flexible, agile, way without ever being bottlenecked waiting for resources from the IT department.  Development teams can instead use the cloud in a self-service way to spin up or down resources in minutes.  And then when they are ready to deploy their apps they can choose to do so using their existing on-premises servers.  This makes it really easy to start leveraging the cloud even without having to fully bet on it yet for production scenarios.

Today we are announcing a number of enhancements to Windows Azure that make it an even better environment in which to do dev/test:

  • No Charge for Stopped VMs
  • Pay by the Minute Billing
  • MSDN Use Rights now supported on Windows Azure
  • Heavily Discounted MSDN Dev/Test Rates
  • MSDN Monetary Credits
  • Portal Support for Better Tracking MSDN Monetary Credit Usage

Below are details on each of the above improvements.  The combination enables an amazing Dev/Test cloud solution, and an unbeatable offer for all MSDN customers.

Brent Ozar - (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About SQL Server 2014

Just when you thought SQL Server couldn’t get better, Microsoft is announcing the features for SQL Server 2014. They haven’t announced the licensing/pricing, but I’ll tell you what I do know so far.

First, open this in another tab and hit play so you’ve got some background music while you read. Done with the commercial? Okay, let’s get to it:

Cache frequently used data on SSDs. ...

More online maintenance operations. Got  ....

AlwaysOn Availability Groups get more secondaries. If ...

AlwaysOn AG readable secondaries will be more reliable. In  ....

Use Azure VMs as AlwaysOn AG replicas. ....

Failover Cluster Support for Clustered Shared Volumes. ...

Smart Backup to Azure ...

On-premise SQL Server with data/log files in Azure storage. ...

Hekaton: specialized in-memory OLTP tables. ...

Other cool improvements: ...

To BizTalk and Beyond! - BizTalk Services is LIVE!

Windows Azure BizTalk Services (aka BizTalk Services, aka WABS) is now available as a Preview on Windows Azure. I've had the opportunity to work with WABS since the beginning. I'm in awe of how much WABS has improved. For example:

  • The BizTalk Services portal has a much better flow for adding partners and creating EDI agreements.
  • Retrieving tracked data in the BizTalk Services portal is much easier.
  • In the Visual Studio project (specifically BizTalk Services project), creating a Connection in the Bridge design area is easier.
  • Scope of the Loop map operations in a Transform has a much better UI experience.
  • TAP customer feedback directly added to the product, including Refreshing the BizTalk Service instead of doing a full deployment and adding XSLT.


All About Microsoft - Microsoft finds a new way to deliver a private cloud in a box


On June 3 at its TechEd conference, Microsoft officials announced a new product called Windows Azure Pack. For all intents and purposes, as cloud expert Roger Jennings said to me via Twitter today, the Azure Pack delivers what Microsoft promised with the Azure Appliance.

Microsoft's own Web site description of the new Azure Pack basically corroborates this. "The Windows Azure Pack delivers Windows Azure technologies for you to run inside your datacenter, enabling you to offer rich, self-service, multi-tenant services that are consistent with Windows Azure," the introduction notes.

As Microsoft itself explains in its free, downloadable white paper on Windows Azure Pack (thanks for the link @ehorley), the Windows Azure Pack is a superset of the horribly named "Windows Azure Services for Windows Server" technology, which Microsoft announced back in July 2012, and which it made generally available in January 2013.

Windows Azure Services for Windows Server is a set of select features that originally debuted as part of Windows Azure which Microsoft made available to its service providers. The core set of technologies in this were hosted Linux and Windows Server virtual machines; support for high-density Web sites (the complement of Windows Azure Web Sites, codenamed "Antares"); Service Management Portal; and a Service Management application programming interface (codenamed Katal).

The components in the Azure Pack include ...

That's enough reading for now... (and I think my copy-n-paste fingers are bleeding... ;)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

TechEd Reveal - Looks like BizTalk ain't dead yet... BizTalk Services on Azure to be announced next week?

Winson's Technical Multiverse - BizTalk Services (on Windows Azure) prequel

Once the NDA lifts, I will be able to provide additional information on what is known as BizTalk Services.

This should be in early next week. ...

Interesting! Good to see BizTalk isn't dead and is being "cloudified"... Depending on price, options, etc, this might spur adoption. Then again, thinking about how I've heard of BizTalk being used, getting the biz to buy off on it being in the cloud might be interesting. Then again, it might be a no brainer too.

Looks like next week's going to be an interesting week.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Many events, lots of devices, one you and your new Channel 9 Events App

Channel 9 - Stay Connected with the Ch9 Events App

No matter what device you're bringing to TechEd this year, be sure to bring the Ch9 Events app with you!

Browse all the content of the conference, follow your schedule, and stay connected throughout the event.

Download Ch9 Events for Windows 8 | Windows Phone | iOS | Android

After creating your account in the app, link it to your Channel 9 account to enable synchronization of your personalized schedule.

Windows 8 Ch9 Events


View session, speakers, venue information (including maps) and more from Build, TechEd and other Microsoft events. Plan your session attendance with or without network access (once you’ve downloaded the session catalog, it is available offline!) and your schedule is kept in sync with the same schedule available online on Channel 9.


  • Build your agenda for various Microsoft Channel 9 Events such as TechEd and Build
  • Submit session feedback electronically
  • Get the latest event news
  • View the conference floor plans

Windows Phone 8 Ch9 Events


iTunes Ch9 Events


Google Play Ch9 Events


This also will support //build as soon as the sessions are announced. :)

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Microsoft TechEd North America 2013, New Orleans, LA June 3 – 6, Registration opens Feb 12

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - NEWS: Microsoft TechEd North America 2013 announced – New Orleans, LA June 3 – 6

Microsoft TechEd North America 2013 announced:

  • New Orleans, LA
  • June 3 – 6

TechEd 2013

Microsoft’s Premiere Event for IT Professionals & Enterprise Developers

Hands-on learning, deep product exploration, & countless opportunities to build relationships with a community of Microsoft experts and peers.

Registration Opens on Feb 12, 2013


I very highly doubt I'll be able to go this year, but given how much is available live or near-live...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Most TechEd North America 2012 sessions are now available for viewing on-demand...

C9Team - Tech Ed North America and Channel 9 Live sessions are up!

"Tech Ed North America 2012 just took place in Orlando, Florida on June 11-14th and you can view all 427 Tech Ed North America sessions now! They are published on Channel 9 under the events section. We also have all Channel 9 Live sessions up and on demand.

If you missed Tech Ed North America it's not too late to book your trip to Tech Ed Europe 2012 in Amsterdam for June 26-29th. See you all there!


TechEd North America 2012

TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America in Orlando. Experience four days of hands-on training from Microsoft experts



Most of the sessions are available for viewing (Sessions from yesterday/today will likely have their slides/videos/etc online in the next couple days... takes time to edit/encode/transcode these hundreds of sessions) with slides, including a new View Slides online via PowerPoint Web App, video and/or audio.

If you missed TechEd or were conflicted out of going to a session, this is a resource you MUST check out.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Channel 9 now the one stop Microsoft event shop - One site, many events (MIX06,07,08,09,10 for now more coming)

C9Team - New Events Section Now Available on Channel 9!

"Hey folks, we’ve launched yet another new feature on Channel 9, making a new home for all of our ‘on-demand’ event content, consolidating the content from numerous domains and sub-domains.

So while you are waiting to attend MIX11, come take a trip down memory lane with us and experience the content from the MIX events of the past.

  • So far we’ve brought in all of the on-demand content from MIX06 through MIX10 and we are also hosting the newly released MIX11 sessions. That's nearly 500 MIX sessions and over 600 speakers!
  • We are in the process of bringing in all the PDC content that we currently have available at various locations (including PDC08, PDC09, and PDC10)

..." [GD: Post leach Level 95%]

Channel 9 - Events

Welcome to Events on Channel 9!

We have started moving content from our various events into Channel 9, bringing you more great technical content all in common location. So far we’ve moved in all the MIX content from 2006 through 2010, but we are busy at work on PDC, TechEd and more!


In a word... zomg, zomg, zomg... (Okay, that's like many words, but I'm weirdly exciting about this... as you can tell ;)

I've been asking for, well whining for, something like this for a few years now, a single repository for all Microsoft Event content. One place to go to for their awesome post event resources. And it looks like Channel 9 Events is just the ticket.

I hope the next logical step is to provide an Channel 9 Events OData feed (not RSS as I 'd like I can query, filter, sort, etc) so we can build uber cool event browsers/explorers/viewers/etc. How cool would it be to build a Microsoft Event Explorer (MEE... lol) that automagically includes the latest events due to a backend update/addition to the general OData feed?

Still as a V1 this is an outstanding first step. Hats off to the Channel 9 Team for making this happen.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Microsoft TechEd 2010 is OData enabled

WCF Data Services Team Blog - TechEd 2010 OData Service

“TechEd North America 2010 is fast approaching (it starts Monday). This year we have added an OData service to the TechEd site, just like we did for MIX10 earlier this year. The service exposes the sessions, speakers and other associated information for the conference and is a great way to learn OData. Check-out the API page on the TechEd site here for more information on the service. If you are attending TechEd make sure you stop by the DMG booth (in the DAT section) and show the folks from DMG your OData App.

image …”

North American TechEd - API for Session Data

“Not happy browsing our list of sessions on the web, feel like doing some data mining of your own, building an app to show how schedule planning should be done? Well, if any of those statements apply to you, then we have the data you need.

The Open Data Protocol, referred to as OData, is a new data-sharing standard that breaks down silos and fosters an interoperative ecosystem for data consumers (clients) and producers (services) that is far more powerful than currently possible. It enables more applications to make sense of a broader set of data, and helps every data service and client add value to the whole ecosystem. WCF Data Services (previously known as ADO.NET Data Services), then, was the first Microsoft technology to support the Open Data Protocol in Visual Studio 2008 SP1. It provides developers with client libraries for .NET, Silverlight, AJAX, PHP and Java. Microsoft now also supports OData in SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Azure Storage, Excel 2010 (through PowerPivot), and SharePoint 2010. Many other other applications in the works.(from MSDN)

The URL for the TechEd North America OData service is, and you can find more information on how to access this data on …”


Snap via OData Explorer;


Continuing on their OData’ing of their sessions, started with MIX10, Microsoft’s TechEd North America also has an OData service/feed/end point.

Very cool to see this effort continued.


Related Past Post XRef:
MIX10? There’s an OData Feed for that…

OData Primer – A collaborative effort to gather and share OData information and resources

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

As you can already tell, posts will be light this week…

As you can already tell posts will be pretty light this week. I’m getting my brain filled at TechEd (INSERT INTO Greg.Brain SELECT * FROM TechEd) as well as helping out in the Visual Studio Team System – Developer Tools booth, that and the drive into/out of Downtown, well… Let’s just say I’m pretty wiped by the time I get home. ;)

Besides the sessions and booths I’ve had a chance to lunch with some very cool people. Yesterday it was Darren Stokes of the must read Visual Studio Hacks blog and today with Craig Shoemaker, of Polymorphic Podcast and GetPixel8ed. It’s great having time to sit down and chat with these guys…

As for the people helping in and around the booth, I’m extremely humbled by the sheer brain power, personality, knowledge and passion. I mean, wow, everyone be they Microsoft employees, MVP or external staff are very committed to helping in any way they can. I’m hearing personal / email addresses flying out, offers of additional help, taking people in hand to find them the right person to answer their questions and just a general excitement and “want” to help. These aren’t people doing it because it’s their job, but because they seriously want to connect with their customers and to help and it clearly shows.

Time to go catch a session before I head over to the booth. If you’re wandering about TechEd, stop by and say “Hi”…

Related Past Post XRef:
TechEd 2009 Booth Schedule – Come on by and say “Hi”
TechEd 2009 Booth Picture
TechEd 2009 "Staff" Badge Picture

Monday, May 11, 2009

TechEd 2009 Booth Picture

A picture of my home away from home for the next few days...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

TechEd 2009 "Staff" Badge Picture

My first "Staff" badge at Microsoft event. :)

Of course I'm not MS Staff, but still "Staff" none the less.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I need a life. Still there's only one first time... so... um... shut up? ;)

Saturday, May 02, 2009

TechEd 2009 Booth Schedule – Come on by and say “Hi”

As I mentioned a bit ago, It’s official… I’m booth bound for TechEd US 2009, Microsoft has given me a cool opportunity to help out in the Learning Center/Development Practices/VSTS Developer Edition booth. I’ll be there much of the time with none other than the man, the myth, the legend, Brian Keller (of This Week on Channel 9 fame).

Here’s my final schedule, please feel free to stop on by and say “Hi” if you get a chance. This is my first time doing anything like this (well I’ve manned vendor booths at conferences before, but this is different) so I can use all the friendly faces I can get. :)





Staffing Commitments

TLC/BLUE/DPR-ALM: VSTS 2008 Development Edition

May 11

2:30 PM

6:00 PM

TLC/BLUE/DPR-ALM: VSTS 2008 Development Edition

May 12

3:00 PM

6:00 PM

TLC/BLUE/DPR-ALM: VSTS 2008 Development Edition

May 13

9:30 AM


TLC/BLUE/DPR-ALM: VSTS 2008 Development Edition

May 13

3:00 PM

6:00 PM

TLC/BLUE/DPR-ALM: VSTS 2008 Development Edition

May 14

1:30 PM

4:45 PM

Remember I’m just a “guy”. Self boot-strapped into the software development industry years ago, with a driving passion for programming, but no wizard, guru or anything close. I’m a captive, in-house, line of business business developer just like many of you… So please no stumpers or trick questions! LOL. But I will do what I can to help; a sympatric ear and different perspective can work wonders.

Also the current plan is that on Thursday morning I’ll also be a guest host on This Week on Channel 9. How cool is that! It’s just a little under two weeks away and I’m already getting butterflies. LOL

So where is this booth, you ask?




Enough for now. Safe travels and I hope to see you there.

Join Me at Tech·Ed Connect 2009!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It’s official… I’m booth bound for TechEd US 2009

“Dear Microsoft Expert:

Congratulations!  You have been selected to participate in Tech·Ed North America 2009 as a Microsoft Expert in the Development Practices Track Area of the Technical Learning Center (TLC). 


So it’s official, I’ll be working a Microsoft booth at TechEd… How cool is that!

I’ll post my schedule, etc, once I get that all worked out in the coming weeks. Huge thanks to Brian Keller of This Week on Channel 9 for recommending and vouching for me.

See you there!

Join Me at Tech·Ed Connect 2009!