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  • Busy times

    After coming back home from Orlando, I had two events to attend. The first was the brilliant UK NxtGenUG Fest 08 in Reading. This was a day of .NET topics and I presented on F#. I met a few of our customers there who hadn't made it to TechEd the week before, and I was glad to pass on all the news about awards, Silverlight controls and so on.

    The second event I went to was a training event in Germany, where I did a day of C# 3.0 (and a bit of Developer Express as well... <g>). Again, I had a good time - if I met you at either of these events, thank you, it was good to talk to you!

    Next week Gary and I are going to be in Glendale at the Developer Express office. As we already announced in the little interview we did at TechEd, we're going to start creating content on technical topics around XAF, and we're going to use the time there to create some video introductions. You'll probably see some of these appear on our site during the week, some others a bit later, so watch out for them!

  • No rest for the wicked - video announcements for XAF and XPO

    ... or the non-wicked, depending on your definition of "wicked" :-)

    In between exhibition hours here at TechEd, Gary and I managed to get Jeff to record an introduction video with the two of us. We talk a bit about the other videos we're going to create in the next few weeks. Click here to watch it.

    We don't have too many details yet, but of course it's about XAF and XPO and all the great things you can do with them. There's always been the problem that while both these products take away a lot of the work you need to do to create a data layer yourself (or even a lot more than just a data layer if we're talking about XAF), they still require certain knowledge and skills from the user. Nothing's for free in this world... (with the exception of our new Silverlight grid control, that is!) So we are going to create a bunch of content to target that problem particularly, to explain our product philosophy and generally help get everybody up to speed on things like designing domain class hierarchies, why ORM rulez and how you can do really crazy things in XAF, like create yet another blogging system. Some of this content is going to be in video format, some in written form -- it's probably going to be two or three weeks, but keep watching this space for it!

  • TechEd got off to a good start

    The first half day at TechEd 2008 is over and we've already had really good crowds at the booth. Mark was doing CodeRush and Refactor! demos and he showed a lot of the new and upcoming features, which are really great. We also demonstrated our new WPF and Silverlight controls and I did some XAF presentations. Lots of people are interested in XAF and object/relational mapping in general, which is interesting to see -- apparently Microsoft's efforts with LINQ to SQL start paying off.

    As I've blogged before, XAF is nominated as a finalist in the Best of TechEd awards, and one of the judges came around to interview me about the product this morning. I think he got a great impression of the product, so that's good, but of course the category that XAF is nominated for is very broad, so there are going to be other products that don't compete with XAF, but are good in their own right. We'll see how that turns out, but being listed as a finalist for the first TechEd after XAF was released is a nice success already.

    So, more exhibition tonight at the attendees party, with food and drinks. If you're at TechEd, be sure to stop by and say hi!

    Oh, did I mention how hot it is here? I'm melting away writing this -- the only thing hotter than I am is my computer. Time to stop :-)


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