I watched the TechEd (US Developers) Keynote just yesterday.
Tech·Ed NA Developers Keynote delivered by Bill Gates
and you can see more on the TechEd Online site including a changing set of videos at the bottom of the page such as these ones which popped up when I visited the site;
Which kind of freaked me out as I wasn't expecting to be greeted by my own ugly mug when hunting down resources from TechEd US ( that video is from TechEd Europe, you wouldn't believe how hard it is for someone like me to get to a conference like TechEd US ).
During the keynote I started to get a little bit panicky.
There's a lot of new stuff coming on top of all the new stuff that's already coming :-)
I get a bit edgy when I know there's lots of new things around that I should probably know about but don't yet know about.
Some of the things mentioned were a little less new than others but still pretty exciting.
There was mention of Silverlight 2 Beta 2 of course and also some talk about the improvements to WPF in .NET Framework V3.5 Service Pack 1 but I feel I've got those relatively well covered even if it's extremely unlikely that I'm going to start writing pixel-shaders any time soon :-)
There was mention of ADO.NET Entity Framework and Data Services again in .NET Framework V3.5 Service Pack 1 but I feel that I'm on relatively safe ground with those.
There was talk about SQL Server 2008 - specifically spatial data, date time enhancements and filestream. I'm not too bad on some of that stuff as I made some videos around it and spent some time on it.
But then there's SQL Server Data Services which I haven't really looked at to date.
But then there was also some talk of things "yet to come" :-) such as;
- "Oslo". I heard mention of modelling tools, modelling languages, modelling repositories.
- "Parallel Extensions". We already have some bits out there on the web and they've now been refreshed with a June CTP. I'm feeling that this may be time for me to "jump in".
- "Velocity". Something that just popped up yesterday on the new Velocity Blog. A distributed caching solution for .NET.
- Then there's whatever's going on over at Windows Live.
- Then there's synchronisation and whatever's going on with the Sync Framework.
- Then there's the Managed Extension Framework.
I've a feeling there's an awful lot of reading, experimenting, coding needed to try and get a grip on all these different bits.
Maybe I need to focus! :-)
Thu, Jun 5 2008 8:05 AM