Tech Ed this year is being touted as much more architecturally focussed than ever before with a special architect track so I though I would go and have a look at what sessions I would go to at Teched. First of all there are a terrifying number of breakouts / sessions / cabana’s etc (844 in total) so deciding what to go to is a challenge. I tend to like a mixture of architecture and high level developer tracks, mainly going on the speakers as the selection criteria. So here is my 5 top must attend talks:
DEV200 General Session: Developer Tools and Technologies by Rick LaPlante. Rick is the General Manager of the Enterprise Tools division of Visual Studio which is the part of Microsoft providing architectural tools. Rick is a great speaker and it’s always worth listening to what his group is doing. Rick did the demo of
DEV300 Visual Studio 2005 by Lori Lamkin. Lori is a PUM (Product Unit Manager) working for Rick in the Visual Studio
ARC400 Tools for Architecture: Developing Service Oriented Systems by Keith Short. Keith is the lead Architect in the Visual Studio
ARC313 MSF by Sam Guckenheimer. The whole area of frameworks is getting ever more important and it will be interesting to see what Sam has to say about what MSF are doing.
MGT200 Management General Session: Delivering a Connected Infrastructure: System Center and Dynamic Systems Initiative by Kirill Tararinov. I think that the operations area and SDM will be a focus in the next few years and this will give a good overview of what Microsoft’s direction is in this space.
Next is the 5 very nice to attend talks:
ARC312 Tools for Architecture: Designing for Deployment by Bill Gibson and Alex Torone; a great tag team. This is
ARC304 Bridging the Gap Between IT and Application Developers by Jim Dial; a very smart guy working on MSA. This pulls together modeling and DSI so is on my list.
CTS400 Connected Systems: Using Web Services Enhancements v2.0 for Messaging Over Multiple Machines and Networks by Keith Ballinger. This is the intro to a massive demo that Clemens is building of services working in a heterogeneous environment and should be very interesting. From this I suspect that there would be a number of other connected systems talks that I would want to go to, particularly CTS 404.
So that is my top ten list of talks to go to, there will also be a lot of discussion and networking events that I would want to drop in on. What are your top ten sessions for Tech ed?