In case you haven’t heard about it before, the event takes place on May 23rd at Microsoft Thames Valley Park in Reading. Rafal Lukawiecki, who was voted best TechEd speaker for 7 years running, is the headline speaker. He does two sessions, and he’s joined by other interesting speakers like Lorna Brown from Microsoft Research, Mike Taulty and Daniel Moth from Microsoft’s development and platform group, and of course the NxtGenUG guys themselves, with John, Richard and Dave responsible for the keynote and the final gameshow and swag giveaway combination. I hesitate listing myself in the “other interesting speakers” category (must be a certain modesty creaping in <g>), but I am in fact speaking at the event myself, completing the lineup.
Developer Express is sponsoring the whole thing, so I’ll be there in professional capacity as well. I hope to see some of you there – feel free to stop by for a chat or a demo of something from DX! Here’s the link again to the page about the event, where you can register. It’s free if you’re a NxtGenUG member, otherwise it costs £59.99. I’m sure it’ll be worth it either way, for a day of interesting sessions, plus food, swag and the chance to win an XBOX 360. This event is not funded by Microsoft, so obviously there’s some cost to cover.
I’m going to be a speaker at Basta! in Germany, talking about the role of the model in Developer Express’ eXpressApp Framework generated applications. XAF is obviously our implementation of the general idea, but this is not supposed to be a sales pitch – the idea is generally usable, whether you like XAF or not. I got some very positive feedback about this after doing a similar thing at DDD day 3 a few weeks back. Developer Express will also be exhibiting there, so this is the perfect time to come and ask us about eXpressApp Framework, and of course all other products.
Just a short notice, the official announcement will go out soon: Have a look at this page, the new CTP 2 of eXpressApp Framework is available right now. There are a number of interesting changes in it – the most interesting being, for many people, that it’s now available to everybody (download directly from that page linked above), not just to DX subscribers.
I’m going to be at TechEd next week. If you are there, please come by the Developer Express booth in the exhibition area for a chat! The other piece of news is, we’re going to make the CTP 2 release of the eXpressApp Framework available in what remains of this week, so TechEd will also be the perfect opportunity to see a demo of that, discuss it with is or just tell us your thoughts.
Yesterday I did a session on Refactor! at the London .NET User Group, the same talk I submitted for DDD day 3. Everything went well and I think people really liked the product. I’d like to thank the group for having me as a speaker, even though my presentation was mostly focused on a specific product. Ian asked me to definitely come back and do another talk sometime, so I guess it’s going to happen. Were you there? Did you like it? Did you think it was horrible? Please feel free to leave comments!
I have recently published a few more XPO related posts on the new Developer Express community site. Previously I have sometimes posted XPO stuff on this blog, and these posts are now all eaten up by the DX site – so I thought I’d let you know if you’re watching this space and not the DX community site. Here are the posts I wrote:
This has been announced today: There’s a Developer Express site now for blogs written by people working for the company. This is it: community.devexpress.com I have published two posts there so far, related to the newest major release of XPO (6.1): “Session Management and Caching” and “My persistent classes are real classes – or not?”.
I have just published this: Transactions and Units of Work
The next version of XPO (eXpress Persistent Objects) from Developer Express has finally been released. A list of new features is here. I’m currently working on a number of technical articles that will soon start to appear in the list on this page - look out for that if you’re into XPO. And if you’re not (yet), be sure to download a demo of the complete suite including XPO from here.