Microsoft TechEd 2009: Day 3

14 May 2009

Day 3, for some unknown reason, was fairly intensive in the sense that we were doing a lot of demos and discussions one-on-one with potential customers rather than the sense of lots of people visiting the booth. Yet again, I was wowing the people visiting my particular kiosk with our WinForms offerings, especially – again – our pivot grid and the simple way we provide to print it. The story of "give your end-users a pivot grid, let them play with it, sorting/grouping/analyzing the data, and then print the current view" resonated deeply with everyone I showed it to.

Also I provided some ASP.NET and Sharepoint demos to relieve the pressure off Mehul and Paul. That seems to be another meme here: ASP.NET is not dead, which you might be forgiven of assuming given Silverlight and ASP.NET MVC, but is really thriving.

Another visitor went into great detail about his particular requirements for the Windows app his team is writing. The grid suited but our rich editor/spell check did not. The reason is that he wanted the editor to support a special RTF code to protect chunks of text from being altered, and the spell checker to support multiple dictionaries at the same time. Both of those sound intriguing to support. I'll have to have a chat with the guys.

And then last night we had some extremely good news. More on that in a moment.

Onto Day 4, the final day. A smidgeon under 4 hours of booth work today and then the strike!

2 comment(s)
Rory Becker - DevExpress

"And then last night we had some extremely good news. More on that in a moment."  erm ... Right.... shall I wait til after the commercial .... :) Don't keep me hanging man ... Good news is good news  ....share...

Also what's this about "the Strike" ??

14 May, 2009
Peter Thorpe

You mentioned protected RTF chunks I would +1 that.

I work for a college and sections of our course leaflets are written to db to be used on websites and other documents. The current solution is writing each section in a separate WYSYWIG html editor with predefined section headings.  Storing each to a field on the db.

Some people are unhappy as they want to be able to provide more info pictures, customize the layout... but we need the sections to be parasable for output to other sources.

Defining and locking down sections in some way would be a great feature or possibly some sort of tagging for paragraphs would be fantastic.

14 May, 2009

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