For only a 2-day conference, there was a lot of fun packed into VSLive! Toronto this week. I gave a Datagrid/Gridview talk on Wednesday, which was fun for me, so hopefully it was fun for my audience too. My demo buddy Bianca[^] was ill and couldn't make it, which was really too bad. Bianca is the “Interactive Marketing Manager“ for CodeProject (according to her business card), and she was going to help me with a demo called “Datagrids: so easy EVEN a marketing chick can do it.“
I got to meet a bunch of new people, including John Lam (IUnknown), whose work I've admired for a long time. After talking with John in person, I have to say that he's on my list of the smartest people I've ever met in real life, right up there with Dr. Neil from Australia, who now has some serious competition for the smartest person I know. (Other smart people that I know--please don't flame me, thanks.) Also pretty smart--for a marketing guy at least--was Jay Roxe, Product Manager for VB. Jay asked for some blog link love, so here it is. Jay said that he enjoyed chatting with me and Eli because we understand sarcasm for what it is, not a form of humor, says Jay, but a means of communication :) (He said I could blog that.)
A little bit lower on the smartness scale was my new friend Bruce Johnson (JUST KIDDING BRUCE). He's another MVP, so I guess he has to be pretty smart. Bruce had just bought some items from the L.A. County Coroner's office gift shop, very funny stuff.
Wednesday night there was kind of a joint user group meeting at VSLive (there are at least 5 .NET user groups in the areas surrounding Toronto), which was pretty fun. Jim Fawcette himself along with our own Craig Flannagan hosted a panel of various speakers to answer questions from the community. Jim kind of went Jerry Springer on them and tried to incite fights about VB vs. C# which was pretty dang funny.
Thursday I actually made it to some sessions (hey how about that, actually going to some technical sessions at a technical conference, way to go Marcie), but I think the highlight of the week was ObjectSharp's limo party bus tour of downtown Toronto. Now these people know how to throw a serious party. We hit at least 3 bars (that I remember anyway), and they were kind enough to pick up the drink (and food!) tabs for us all. Various speakers, exhibitors, and Microsofties were along for the ride, and a great time was had by all. The Imagine Cup winning kids also came along, which was great. These kids are so smart, they're really starting to make us “grownups” look bad :D