CodeMash v22.214.171.124 is almost here. I plan on spending tomorrow tweaking my slides and sample code (I'm doing "An Introduction to MonoRail" in the Friday vendor session -- Room D). I've only got 30 minutes and I'd like to include time for questions so if you're really interested in MonoRail, don't forget to check out Jay Wren's "Introducing Castle". He'll be discussing the entire Castle Project (of which MonoRail is just one part) in more detail.
Taking a cue from Bill Wagner, here's my tenative schedule (via Silverlight):
I'm starting with the Silverlight talk because I need to learn more about this technology. Next, I'm going to sit it on Jay's Castle talk. I know a decent amount about MonoRail and ActiveRecord, but I haven't touched the Windsor Container or the MicroKernel. After lunch, I'm going to catch Bill's talk on implementing IQueryProvider. Seeing that done in 70 mins will really push my brain to it's limit! I'm still undecided on the last session. Right now I'm leaning towards Dustin's F# talk. I've never looked at F# (or any other functional language for that matter) and Dustin is such a great speaker.
On Friday, I have to see Bruce Eckel's Python talk. I saw some python code about 8 years ago and it took me a while to realize code blocks were defined by the indent level. Yikes! I hated it. So now I want to know why Bruce likes it so much. Next up will be Neal Ford's DSL talk. After that, I'll probably go to the RESTful Web Services talk -- or maybe Software Design Patterns in Python (depending on my interest level in Python after Bruce's talk). Finally, I think I'll check out Josh Holmes' DLR talk. But I'm such a fan of MonoRail, I might check out "Rails: A peek under the covers". So many great topics...
Now I need to spend time making sure I bring all the right cables, chargers, adapters, etc... According to CodeMash organizers, we should be able to get WiFi throughout the convention center this year. The rooms should get it too, but they'll also have a network port so don't forget a CAT5 cable! :)