TechEd Wrap-Up

TechEd is essentially over for me – I’ll be driving to the airport tomorrow
morning and should be home by around noon. It was a good week – though only
about half of the presentations I attended met my expectations. I was able to
use the week to write some long overdue white papers on integrating .NET into
the Corillian Voyager
platform, as well as play with some message-based concept code I’ve been
working on with our chief architects, Scott
Hanselman
and Bradley McLain. Clemens’
talk on AOP
cemented
many concepts I’ve been thinking about incorporating, particularly relating to
session management and audit logging. If only this stuff was baked into the
.NET framework today.

The highlight of the show for me was Scott Hanselman’s presentation
(that’s Scott on the left schmoozing the crowd before his talk): Learning to
Love WSDL
. Granted I’m a bit biased, but damn he’s good at this. He has a way
of blending humor and personal stories with great content.

On a much lighter note, I ran into Scott Ladewig (that’s Scott on the
right, I’m on the left), a college roommate and old friend (well, he’s young,
but we’ve been friends for around 17 years I suppose). Scott manages the IT
infrastructure at the Washington University School of
Business
. Scott and I lived in the same dorm
freshman year, then shared a suite our sophomore year. Scott was a ChemE and
one of the smartest engineering students I knew at Wash U. He worked for Exxon
for a while, but decided he liked computers more so went back to WashU for a
couple of graduate degrees and ended up working there. I was absolutely
floored when I ran into him at the show, and I’m glad we got some time
together.

Scott and I wrapped up the evening at the closing TechEd party,
featuring Smashmouth and the Wallflowers. The Wallflowers were amazing – I’ve
been a fan since their first album and they didn’t disappoint. Great way to
end the week.