Final TechEd 2010 impressions: SharePoint and Visual Studio on the horizon

June 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Microsoft | Leave a comment

Wow, TechEd 2010 in New Orleans was a whole lot of fun! Microsoft definitely put on a great show; the Keynote presentation had a rocking Zydeco band. We had a lot of old friends, resellers, and clients stop by the Transcender booth, and I even ran into a few of my old students from my training days.

Everybody I talked to agreed that three things were hot:

  1. The weather in New Orleans
  2. SharePoint 2010
  3. Visual Studio 2010

I attended several sessions on SharePoint 2010. How hot a topic is it? Well, you had to show up early to get a good seat. The certification prep sessions for SharePoint 2010 were heavily attended. That’s pretty darn amazing since the exams will not be released until later this summer.  A lot of people have adopted SharePoint 2007, and now those folks are ready to move on up. Here’s a bit of what I picked up on the latest and greatest iteration:

  • Holy platform obsolescence, Batman! SharePoint 2010 is now only available in a 64-bit version. This means that you have to have 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2 and a 64-bit version of SQL Server 2008 or 2005. Looks like I’m going to have a yard sale with these old 32-bit servers.
  • Windows SharePoint WSS and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) have something in common with France’s World Cup hopes: they are all gone. WSS has been replaced by the new SharePoint Foundation 2010. MOSS is replaced by SharePoint Server 2010.
  • SharePoint 2010 has a Best Practices Analyzer integrated in the product.
  • SharePoint 2010 has Visio Services. Users can share and update Visio files without having Visio installed on their computers.
  • SharePoint 2010 has enhanced blog authoring features and allows calendars from Microsoft Exchange Server to be merged with SharePoint calendars.

I got to work the Transcender booth for a few hours at TechEd. A lot of the folks that stopped to chat with us said they specifically came to TechEd to see what was new with Visual Studio 2010. There were a lot of sessions on Visual Studio 2010 for the curious developer. Here’s what I walked away with from the Visual Studio 2010 sessions I was able to attend:

  • IntelliSense now has a suggestion mode. You can use suggestion mode for situations where classes and members are used before they are defined.
  • You now have the /langversion command-line option. This option will cause the compiler to accept only syntax that is valid in the specified version of C# or Visual Basic.
  • You can now zoom in and zoom out. You can change the text size of your code by pressing and holding the CTRL key and moving the scroll wheel on the mouse.
  • You can use the Navigate To feature to find a file or symbol that is buried in the many lines of your source code.

While TechEd 2010 was a great place to learn about new technologies, the conference went beyond the technical sessions. Microsoft had the ever-popular hands-on labs. I had to wait quite a while for a seat, which is worth noting because in years past there was always an empty seat. Kudos to the lab monitors; they did a great job.  One of the lab monitors, Bob from Lawrence, KS, even won a dance contest at the closing party on Thursday at Mardi Gras World. Speaking of the closing party, local fare was bountiful and I certainly indulged. The next day I had to exceed the maximum dosage of 12 antacid tablets in a 24-hour period.  I regret nothing!

(Photos below the cut.)

Yours truly, going man-a-mano with Lady Fortuna
Here I am, gatekeeper of the Wheel of Swag.

Delvin and Jennifer

Here are Delvin Benjamin and Jennifer Damis, our customer service manager and marketing brand manager, respectively. If you have a question about one of our products, you’ll probably end up talking to Delvin. Here’s the face behind that smooth telelphone voice and can-do attitude.

The Transcender team had a great time meeting people at TechEd.  We met all sorts of characters.

Cast of characters.

We may have ventured out to Bourbon Street. Strange pictures may have appeared on my camera. On the advice of my attorney, I cannot comment on this matter.

King George

We’re all looking forward to TechEd 2011 in Atlanta! If you didn’t get a chance to stop by our booth this year, make sure that you stop by for 2011 in our hometown.

See y’all (again) real soon!

–George Monsalvatge

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