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PDC 2008 - Day 0, or Pre-Conference, all about WCF

Today was the first day of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC, http://microsoftpdc.com/).  Or to be exact, it was the "Pre-Conference" day, since the actual first general day is tomorrow, Monday 10/27/2008.

Today I attended an amazing session on WCF, or the Windows Communication Foundation.  For those that were around for the PDC in 2005, this was "Indigo" from WinFX.  I copy the details on today's session below.

A couple of the Los Angeles Convention center workers tried out
the new Microsoft Surface on display.  I talked to them and they like it!

Below I have more information on the session I attended and a bunch of pictures I took with my phone throughout the day.

Working with WCF – Demonstration and Perspectives
Presenter(s): Juval Lowy, Ron Jacobs, PDC 2008, Link

From its initial release with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) offered much more than just the next generation platform for building connected systems. In many respects, WCF is the next development platform for Windows applications, providing system features that were previously hand-crafted on top of .NET and Windows. At its core, the WCF programming model is simple and straightforward, requiring very little work on behalf of the developer. This day-long immersion in WCF starts by briefly describing the essential WCF programming concepts, and discussing the WCF interception-based architecture and its affect on the programming model, both for clients and services. The session then proceeds to share the power and productivity of WCF, demonstrating its key features, the rationale behind them and the best ways of employing them. You will see the well established aspects of data contract tolerance, instance management, transaction propagation, automatic synchronization, queued calls, security, as well as the emerging aspects ofREST/POX web programming and the integration with Workflow Foundation. Don’t miss on this unique opportunity to understand SOA and WCF, learning from Juval Lowy and Ron Jacobs, who offer a profound insight on the methodology, the technology and its application.

About the presenter(s): Juval Lowy is a software architect and the principal of IDesign (www.idesign.net), specializing in .NET 3.0 architecture consulting and advanced .NET 3.0 training. Juval is Microsoft’s Regional Director for the Silicon Valley, working with Microsoft on helping the industry adopt .NET 3.0. His latest book is Programming WCF Services (O'Reilly 2007). Juval participates in the Microsoft internal design reviews for future versions of .NET and related technologies. Juval published numerous articles, regarding almost every aspect of .NET development, and is a frequent presenter at development conferences. Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend as one of the world's top .NET experts and industry leaders.

Ron Jacobs is a Sr. Technical Evangelist in the Microsoft Platform Evangelism group based at the company headquarters in Redmond Washington. Ron's evangelism is focused on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) Since 1999 Ron has been a product and program manager on various Microsoft products including the .Net Framework, Windows Communication Foundation and COM+. A top-rated conference speaker, author and podcaster, Ron brings over 20 years of industry experience to his role of helping Microsoft customers and partners to build architecturally sound and secure applications

PDC 2008 Pictures

It's lot easier to get registered during the pre-conference. 
The first general day of such conferences is generally complete chaos.



The Los Angeles Convention Center - hosting the
2008 Microsoft Professional Developers Conference.



At some point Juval Lowry (www.idesign.net) asked how many people were from Europe.  To my surprise, over half raised their hands.  The dollar is cheap for them.



The Los Angeles Convention Center - view from Figueroa St.



At some point, I took a break and although I was still listening to Juval Lowry and the session on WCF, I was also watching the Raider using my Slingbox (www.Slingbox.com)



The sign above did say at some point "Welcome to the Professional Developers Conference".  I just didn't have the patience to wait for it to roll through again.



Ok, at some point I took another break and while still listening to Lowry speak, I watched the 9ers and Twit Live (www.twit.tv).



This pre-conference session on WCF was about half-full - tomorrow and for the rest of the week it will be another story.



There are a bunch of Microsoft Surface tables that you can play with at the PDC.



Los Angeles has a bunch of such murals - in this case an ad for a Stiller movie.



The Holiday Inn on Figueroa St. is about one block from the convention center. 

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