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!

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