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  • Fun times at Microsoft Tech Summit, Frankfurt

    Last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, was the Microsoft Tech Summit (MTS) at the Messe Frankfurt. Hall 3 to be precise. And you had to be precise: although the Messe is a sprawling convention center with six halls, let alone the concert hall (pictured), due to security concerns you had to enter by one gate and one gate only.

    Messe Concert hall

    With me was Przemysław Włodarczak, our whizz CodeRush developer from Poland, so you can imagine that the CodeRush demos he did in the booth were something to be experienced. Me, on the other hand, I had my hands full in demoing our WPF controls, as well as DevExtreme, especially for ASP.NET Core and Angular. We met existing customers (including a couple who were weaning themselves off their Silverlight apps!) and touched base with some possible new customers. Let’s hope we were able to sway them with our demos, if not the DevExpress Eat-Sleep-Code t-shirts we were giving away.

    DX booth

    The surreal thing about this MTS event was the layout in the hall. To emphasize the themes of Cloud, Cloud management and development, the sessions were all held in eleven “Cloud” tents inside the Hall. These were inflatable white tents with rows of seating inside. An imaginative solution, to be sure, although I was told the really popular sessions meant that things got a little warm inside.

    DX booth showing clouds

    Inside session cloud tent

    For us, with our hotel and the BASTA! event half a mile away, we got very used to the freezing cold winds funneled by the Messeturm as we walked back and forth to the hotel. Back in the day, when I worked for a certain bank in Frankfurt, this tower was known as the Pencil, for obvious reasons. It was the tallest building in Europe until 1997, when the Commerzbank Tower (also in Frankfurt) was completed.

    Messe Turm

  • Spoiled for choice in Frankfurt

    Just a quick note to say that the DevExpress team are in Frankfurt this week to support two events: BASTA! and Microsoft Tech Summit. Luckily the events are right next door to each other: the first at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel and the second, over the street, in hall 3 of the Frankfurt Messe.

    Frankfurt Alte Oper

    At BASTA! there’s our DevExpress booth with John Martin, Don Wibier, and Oliver Sturm, with the latter two also presenting various sessions and workshops. At Microsoft Tech Summit, we have another DevExpress booth with Przemysław Włodarczak and yours truly. Yes, two booths at two events in the same city at the same time: I think this is the first time we’ve done this!

    If you’re here at either event (or both), first of all my congratulations since they’re both sold out, and second, please do come over to either one and say hi. We’ll be glad to talk about and show off what we’re doing at DevExpress and to investigate how we can help you in your development efforts this year. See you soon!


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