Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


Riding the Developer Tracks

, posted: 11-Sep-2009 05:50

By Ben Gracewood

As a developer, navigating your way around the tons of infrastructure tracks can be difficult. I know Active Directory, Exchange, group policies, firewalls, DR, and desktop deployment are important, but let's face it: they are all deeply un-sexy.

If you're a developer like me, you'll probably be wandering the halls on Monday, looking at session titles and deciding what to attend. I've listed a few of my choices below, with my reasons for attending.

Entree (Monday)

  • ARC302: Enterprise Library 5.0
    Love it or hate it, the Enterprise Library is Microsoft's gold-standard for code reuse and encapsulation. Wrapping up some of the hairiest pieces of plumbing so you don't have to deal with it yourself. 5.0 is the latest iteration, so if you're building n-tier apps regularly, you'll want to hear about it.

  • OR WUX305: Visualising Data Using Silverlight and WPF
    Do your clients keep pestering you about sexy user interfaces? Or do you just want to wow them with some highly usable, good looking interfaces?

  • DEV302: Get ready: What's coming with .NET 4.0
    Like clockwork, new versions of .NET roll off the Microsoft production line every couple of years. If you want to know about lambdas, optional parameters (remember those from VB6?!), Oslo and more, this is the session for you.

  • OR WUX308: Building Awesome Business Centric Applications with .NET RIA Services
    These time-clashes are starting to bother me. It's like Microsoft think that you're either a technical developer or a UI developer. Anyway: WUX308 is all about delivering data to your front-end applications via .NET RIA Services.

  • Mains (Tuesday)
  • SEC312 The "Everything Developers Need to Know About Security" Talk
    "Security is boring", I hear you say. Yes it might be, right up until those hackers use a flaw in your code to get at your client's user database. I bet you'll be wishing you attended this session when the reporters are at your door asking questions.

  • ARC401 Architectural considerations for creating Silverlight Applications
    Don't be scared off by the 400-level talks. They generally delve deep into the workings of applications and frameworks. My dad always said "it's important to know how things work", and this talk will hopefully give you that information about Silverlight.

  • DEV304 Visual Studio Team System 2010: Odyssey Two
    As a Microsoft developer, VS is your toolbox. Come along to this session to check out all the bells and whistles that Microsoft have added to 2010


  • Desert (Wednesday)
  • SOA321 This is not a REST talk
    The title doesn't offer us much, but Jim Webber is an interesting speaker. I'm guessing this might be a web services talk. Jim has another session on Tuesday titled "This is a REST talk".

  • SEC313 Hack-Ed: Teaching the Good Guys Bad Tricks
    I'm hoping this will be an egaging and informative session. Kirk Jackson is going to be defending a honeypot website in real-time as a couple of hackers attempt to break in. Good times!

  • WUX309 ASP.NET MVC - End-To-End
    Like the Enterprise Library, ASP.NET MVC is Microsoft's best-practise implementation of software patterns. Some prefer to roll their own, but it's always good to see how it's done.




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