Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Redmond, here we come...

In the last couple of months, me and five fellow consultants have been attending Microsoft Netherlands' Lead Enterprise Architect Program. Up to now, this program consisted of four evenings in which Microsoft consultants elaborated on how their products and components can be used in the daily challenges of defining an information and application architecture and settung up the corresponding infrastructure. All quite interesting, but more importantly, next week we'll be flying to Seattle to visit the Microsoft campus in Redmond for a few days!!

From what we understand, it'll be a very intensive week. We'll leave from Amsterdam on Tuesday, and we'll be back on Saterday morning. Knowing that the flight only already takes 10,5 hours....pfew...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Two days at the DevDays 2006

I've just completed two days of intensive knowledge consumption in which I attended several sessions about all of the major .NET news for 2006. Of course, I'm talking about the Microsoft Developer Days 2006 in the Amsterdam RAI. Just to give you an impression, the guy in the purple sweater is me. Ordina uses a platform for generating database-oriented applications from UML models, also known as the DaVinci Framework. In this intimite session, I was demonstrating how to build a 4-layered website in 30 minutes.

The snapshot below shows me with my good coworker Octavie van Haaften and one of this year's speakers, Alex Thissen who gave a Black Belt session on ASP.NET 2.0 (and obviously forgot to smile to the camera :-)) Four years ago, when Alex was still working for Twice, I attended a .NET course he was doing, and I didn't see him until this conference.