Sunday, July 10, 2005 12:05 AM bart

TechEd 2005 Europe - the rest of the story

TechEd 2005 Europe has come to an end yesterday. In my opinion it was the best TechEd I have attended in the last three years, maybe partially due to the great stuff (SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk 2006) coming up this fall. It was also a very busy week, so heavy I had to take it a bit easy today (on Wednesday night I didn't go to bed and on Thursday night after the TechEd party it was about 4 AM to see my bed :o). So, that's the primary reason why the posts of the last couple of days have been deferred a bit. Here it is now (grabbed from some Notepad random through files):

Thursday morning (very early = about 6 AM in the morning)

Although I had no ATE shift yesterday, I've the feeling it was the most busy day for me at the event. Well, in fact it all started Wednesday evening with a pretty big schedule conflict: 3 parties on one evening is far too much. So, I decided to attend two of those, being the SQL Server 2005 party at Jimmy Woo's in the center of Amsterdam and the Belgian country drink afterwards at “De Rode Hoed” (which is the dutch for ... Red Hat :o oink) in the Keizersgracht. Great music and nice talks with a bunch of people ... what else do you want? At the end of the Belgian party I met a nice guy coming from Belgium too (well, chances are pretty high to meet someone from your own country at the country drink ;-)), so we ended up walking to our hotels at the other side of Amsterdam during a pretty long evening walk - fortunately I'm a pretty good navigator through foreign cities - while talking about a bunch of technology stuff and what to expect in the upcoming years on the field of Microsoft-related technology (well, geekiness is binary in my opinion: or you have it compeletely or you don't :d). Nice experience to chat for a couple of hours on a crossroad somewhere in Amsterdam where our roads to the hotels did split. We left each other at 3:18 AM exactly, about 3:50 AM I arrived in my hotel and I decided to start writing this blog post. Unfortunately I don't have wireless internet access over here in the hotel, so Notepad seems to be the best solution to put these random thoughts on file :-).

Friday morning

Wednesday was a heavy day, Thursday definitely was too. Back in my hotel, I'm writing this stuff again in the early morning (although I plan to go to bed for a couple of hours in a moment). In fact, the night ended the same way as it did yesterday: "a pretty long evening walk while talking about a bunch of technology stuff and what to expect in the upcoming years on the field of Microsoft-related technology" with the same guy I met again at the end of the TechEd 2005 party which was the greatest I've ever seen in the last three years. Last year, it actually was influenced by the WK football (or something like that, I'm not a huge sports fan actually). This year's party covered the "Scissor Sisters" and the band "NU2" with great music and a lot of fun (soccer game, pool, etc). Now, let's go back to the serious stuff. Thursday was my day off at the ATE booth for Virtual Server, so I decided to participate in a lot of sessions today, although I had some side-meetings to attend too. In the early morning after two croissants and 0 hours of sleep, I attended David Platt's session on the new stuff coming up in .NET Framework v2.0. Although it was not that new for me, David gave a great overview of the various technologies coming up. At 10:15 AM I couldn't attend a session unfortunately as I had other stuff to do; although I reviewed a couple of presentations which I grabbed from the mseventseurope website during the lunch break (Euan's session on "SQL Server 2005 End to End: Database Development", "Indigo Under the Hood", "Asynchronous Pages in ASP.NET 2.0" and "Event-Driven Architectures"). It actually was the first timeslot I feeled releaved because I couldn't attend a session: there were so many sessions than it would have been a pain in the *** to take one. Fortunately, attendees will all receive a post conference DVD with all the sessions in WMV format (h). Later on, I attended Kimberly Tripp's sessions on "VLDB Availability and Recovery Strategies for SQL Server 2005" (with a pretty cool demo using 4 USB keys to simulate a VLDB database :d) and "Understanding Transaction Isolation in SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005". As always, sessions by Kimberly are great ones. I guess I'll rewatch these later on the DVD again. Further on the database track, I went to take a look at the session of Michael Rys on "Building Distributed Applications using SQL Server 2005 Service Broker". Although the session covered a bunch of stuff that's Service Broker capable of doing, I had the feeling that I knew almost everything of it already, so I'd rather prefer a level 400 session on that topic (but then other people would have said, what the hell is he talking about ;-)). So, I did a short review of the session booklet for level 400 sessions and came to the conclusion that the number of level-400s was rather low, which will be one of my feedbacks later on. During the same timeslot, Steve Riley was presenting his session "Security Policies? Ugh, Just Give Me a Firewall" which will have been undoubtly great again. As the matter in fact I saw it on IT Forum in November 2004 already, but if you didn't see it already I'd recommend to review it on the post-con DVD. And then it was time for the party of course :-). I'll post photos later on via my website (update: these - 222 in total - will come soon on my MSN Space, I'll post about this later on).

More stuff will be posted soon, talking about the sessions I attended on Friday and some things I'll be doing in the next couple of weeks. One last thing maybe: I just finished my studies on Informatics at the University of Ghent in June this year, with a degree of biggest distinction (exact numbers not known yet, as I couldn't attend the proclamation while being at TechEd of course :d). Some of you will know this already, for others it will be news: I do plan to continue my studies for another two years at the same university, while being actively involved in the Microsoft community and doing further consultancy and evangelization work. More info to come later on.

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# re: TechEd 2005 Europe - the rest of the story

Saturday, July 09, 2005 11:56 PM by bart

congratulations with your biggest distinction!
didn't know yet :-)

# re: TechEd 2005 Europe - the rest of the story

Sunday, July 10, 2005 11:40 AM by bart

Congrats Bart!! Good luck with the rest of your studies and cu around!

# re: TechEd 2005 Europe - the rest of the story

Sunday, July 10, 2005 12:53 PM by bart

Congrats with your very funny week. ;) And of course with your biggest distinction. When you know the exact points, you can always let me know. I also want to know the exact number of your paper. I think it's something between 19 and 20. ;)

# re: TechEd 2005 Europe - the rest of the story

Friday, July 22, 2005 7:29 PM by bart

Sorry for the late night walks :) But I did learned more of them then i did on TechEd :) Unfortunatly these won't ship on the post conference DVD ;)

# re: TechEd 2005 Europe - the rest of the story

Friday, July 22, 2005 7:34 PM by bart

Wow, that's a pretty big statement :-). We should definitely meet up again in the (near) future.