Upcoming Conference talks in Norway, Germany and the UK

Next month I’ll be in Europe giving presentations at some great .NET conferences.   Below are details on the three conferences I’m presenting at:

Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC 2011)

I’ll be in Oslo, Norway for the NDC 2011 conference (June 8th to 10th).  I’ve heard really great things about NDC – I’m excited to be able to finally attend in person!  I’m doing a keynote talk, two breakout talks, and an unplugged Q&A session.

Details on NDC can be found here.

Microsoft DevConnections Germany

I’ll be in Karlsruhe, Germany for the Microsoft DevConnections Germany conference (June 8th to 10th). I’m doing a keynote talk on the 10th (Friday). 

Details on Microsoft DevConnections Germany can be found here.

Microsoft DevConnections UK

I’ll be in London, England for the Microsoft DevConnections UK conference (June 13th to 15th).  I’m doing a keynote talk on the 14th (Tuesday).

Details on Microsoft DevConnections UK can be found here.

Hope to see some of you at one of these events!


P.S. In addition to blogging, I am also now using Twitter for quick updates and to share links. Follow me at: twitter.com/scottgu


  • I assume you won't be in two places at once - though I wouldn't doubt you could pull it off! I'll see you at NDC - did you mean to put the Germany dates as the same?

  • Welcome to London Sir,

    Wish you great time here!

  • I have a some concerns as a .NET/Silverlight developer and because of the high respect I have for you, I thought that you could shed some light on this issue. I am posting here because there is a higher chance you will read my post.

    I am surprised at the lack of vision from Microsoft in addressing other mobile platforms and their support for .NET developers. On one side, .NET developers don't expect Microsoft to create tools for targeting other platforms. We have always developed exclusively for the Windows operating system. However, with Silverlight, things started to change, and Silverlight quickly became the first development platform that actively targeted other operating system. Soon after, Microsoft's support for the Mono project, both from a Silverlight perspective and a general .NET perspective was a promising move. However, next came the proliferation of mobile devices and Microsoft started distancing themselves from the cross-platform vision and started specializing Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 development and Line-of-business applications. The official reason was that it was unrealistic for Microsoft to port Silverlight over to different platforms. That seemed somewhat reasonable at the time but then Microsoft released a tool that allows iOS developers to port their applications to the Windows Phone 7 platform. My question is: What about your loyal .NET/Silverlight developers? We have been filling your marketplace with apps faster than any other leading platform, but you expect us to ignore 100 million Android devices with 400,000 activations per day and 100 million iPhone users. You want us to be content with 2 million devices sold to manufacturers and a version 1 of your operating system. As a mobile developer, the most pressing item on the agenda after finishing an application is how to port it over to other platforms. The impression I get is that you are willing to invest into those other developers while neglecting your existing .NET/Silverlight developers. This is true regardless of how successful the partnership with Nokia ends up being, because the other platforms are here to stay. Also, how come Adobe (the rival that made you create Silverlight in the first place) has no trouble investing into tools that allows its developers to target other platforms with Flash, but Microsoft can't?
    Why can't Microsoft leverage the Mono project and its recent ports to other platforms with MonoTouch and MonoDroid? This would enable your .NET developers to leverage their skill set and time/money invested into your platform so that we can target other platforms as well.


  • I have to agree with Dragan.

    Our Project has had to cancel our SIlverlight project development, because MS ambiguity in the platform, as now everyone believes MS is only really interested in HTML5/ Javascript.

    We have to rely upon Novell and the work they are doing with .NET across platforms. Good luck to those guys, at least they have the confidence to pursue .NET and Silverlight as Micosoft have left us developers high and dry.

    So we all need to help Novell get up to SL4 and XAML capability and encourage them to support XNA platforms as well. A Visual Studio plugin for Mono would be really great as well. We can then deliver some really great Android and IPhone Apps.

  • Scott,

    I have to echo Dragan's concerns over Microsoft's weak cross platform mobile development strategy. Over the past few years, Microsoft has produced something incredibly valuable in Silverlight and RIA Services: A real cross platform runtime environment that extends the reach of the Microsoft stack and enables productive, interactive LOB development with an extensive partner ecosystem. The .NET stack and Visual Studio environment enable tens of thousands of developers to create solutions that sell Microsoft server technology and proliferate the stack across the enterprise.

    Sitting at teched this week at least 1 person every other row at most sessions was using an iPad. Due to the long battery life, many of us downloaded the session slides to iPads, took notes, and grabbed more info online while sitting in sessions. Windows Phone 7 is a great device, but very few developers work in companies small enough to have a homogeneous mobile strategy that would allow us to write LOBs targeting it. By limiting Silverlight to only Windows Phone 7 it will likely prevent many of us from writing for that platform. HTML5 as stated in a number of Microsoft press releases is an option, but it’s really non-responsive in comparison to a real application, doesn’t have near the client side programming options of Silverlight and the tooling is non-existent in comparison with Silverlight 4 with RIA Services.

    In looking at cross platform development options it seems even flash has created infrastructure to compile their apps as native iOS applications.(http://www.adobe.com/devnet/logged_in/abansod_iphone.html) I've developed on this platform since 1994 and Microsoft has always been great to it's developers and provided the best tools and platforms. Anything you can do to influence the strategy so that we can leverage the incredible number of connected non-microsoft branded devices would be greatly appreciated.


  • I agree with Dragan and Dave.

    Our Silverlight Project has been cancelled as a result of Microsofts ambiguity on the future of Silverlight cross platfrom.

    Please support Novell port thier silverlight onto the IoS and Android, and embed Mono support into Visual Studio. Even if Microsoft have given up on .NET, at least support those who still believe in it.

  • Can i know how to get to this conference please.

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