Dallas TechFest 2008

The first Dallas TechFest was this weekend. There were sessions on .NET, Ruby, REST, Groovy, Flex, AIR, and many other languages, tools, and platforms. It was a chance for members of different communities to get together and cross-train each other. I made a point of stepping outside my comfort zone, rather than sticking with the .NET track.

But the two sessions that I attended within the .NET track were hosted by Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of .NET Rocks. I couldn't miss the chance to see them. The first was a recording of a .NET Rocks episode on community. The second was Richard on web application performance and scalability. If you ever get a chance to hear Richard speak, you must go.

After his talk, I asked Richard to take a look at Update Controls. He was very gracious and gave me at least a half an hour of his time over lunch to show him the demo. He understood the benefits of the library immediately, and gave me some pointers for getting the idea across more effectively. Finally, he told me that I need to complete the database story, which, as it happens, is in the works.

It was a thrill to finally meet Carl and Richard, the guys who inspired me to launch this site. And it was enlightening to see what's been going on in other parts of the industry. Who knows. Maybe I'll get a chance to present next year.

2 Responses to “Dallas TechFest 2008”

  1. Will W. Says:

    I was there at Tech Fest myself and it was a pleasure. You actually won something in the Microsoft raffle, but you weren't there so they moved on to the next person.

    I was wondering if you were there as I wanted to introduce myself. I took a position at Radiant back in August 2007 and have been able to see a lot of the things you did and wanted to put a face with the name.

  2. Catto Says:

    Hey Now Michael,

    That is pretty nice to hear the story about Richard.

    Fellow DNR Fan

    Catto

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