Contents tagged with DevTeach

  • DevTeach Montreal: Family Atmosphere, Top Speakers, Lots of Freebies

    Techie conferences have different styles, and one of my favourites is DevTeach. Run by my MVP colleague Jean-Rene Roy ("JR"), DevTeach has a welcoming, family atmosphere. DevTeach Montreal (from December 1-5) is professionally-run and offers top-notch technical content (in English) in a fabulous bilingual city.

    My seven years as a journalist for Montreal radio stations CJAD and CJFM taught me how the latin heritage of French-Canadians contributes a large measure of warmth and joie de vivre to everything they do. The great thing is that you can experience this feeling without leaving North America.

    Right now, JR is offering some price discounts and a nice load of freebies. For example, you'll get $1000 worth of software (Visual Studio 2008 Professional, Expression Web 2 and the Tech-Ed Conference DVD Set). If you're attending TechDays Canada, you can knock $350 off the conference price. Also check for a special for Canadian user group members.

    BTW, JR provides free wireless Internet access at his conferences so you don't need to be out of touch with the office during the sessions.


  • DevTeach: Getting Control Over VStudio 2008

    After Aaron Marten's talk on Visual Studio 2008 extensibility this afternoon, we were chatting about some possible examples and power tools for the shell. I piped up that I'd like something that would give me some control over the recent files/projects and the Start page. James Lau, Lead Program Manager from the Visual Studio Tools Ecosystem group commented that such an add-in "wouldn't be difficult."

    Well James, I warned you: the challenge is out there! It doesn't have to be feature rich - just let me get rid of project names that I don't want to see any more.

    No rush on this, Friday would be fine for the add-in. After all, even though this is a frequently-requested feature and a pain point in the IDE, I wouldn't want to put any pressure on you guys! <grin>


  • DevTeach: Entertaining Presenters

    While taking in the technical content here at DevTeach Vancouver, I've been watching out for speakers who are knowledgeable and highly entertaining at the same time. When you're sitting in an airless hotel meeting room, the presenters who can keep you truly engaged for 45-55 minutes are the ones you want to see again and recommend to others.