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Nearly over. For last session attending a talk on c++ apps in windows metro. When I came to TechEd I didn't think I would attend so many sessions on c++, but somehow this has proved more interesting this year. While .net 4.5 is interesting, been playing with it for a while now, so not a ton of surprises. Of course, i still want it at work, but who knows ......

Miss when TechEd was 5 days long!, it's Thursday already and we are on the last day. The snacks haven't appeared, but more developer sessions have. Having access to online schedule is very important, since the new sessions are usually the more interesting ones. On the whole, I think the wifi network has been worse this year - more blank spots, and more ......

Have only got 2 more days in Orlando before returning home to Japan. On Friday going out shopping, with the string yen/weak dollar I can hopefully find many interesting things, once I've cracked how to get around with no car. Returning to Japan, i've got to get me involved in the user groups over there, got to be some for people who don't speak much ......

The content has got more useful for me as a developer, and I've now seen 2 things which I think will make a big difference: Fake in vs2012 - allows me to stub or fake out libraries making unit testing easier/possible. C++ AMP & auto - auto might get me to start using c++ again (it makes code like for each much nicer/easier to write), while AMP is ......

Disclaimer: probably going to next years TechEd. (but not 100% sure) As with most TechEd's, this is not one of the best - but it's not bad. Some impressions so far: The food is not bad, through perhaps not as much choice as in previous years. The snacks, while a bit limited, are at least available. The alumni lounge is ok, through perhaps not as good ......

c++ is catching up with c#.

might actually be worth to Start using std, now they've added auto - which is the same as var in c#

 



Tomorrow am returning home, to Tokyo. Atlanta has been fun, but it does seem like city where you need a car or seriously figure out the metro. Next years TechEd is in Orlando, I like the convention centre, but it seems to in the middle of nowhere. In Tokyo, I live close to middle of city, with plenty to do everywhere. It's funny, when I was living in ......

Next years TechEd will be in Orlando, with registration starting around 24th. Planning on going, but do wonder how it will go. This year have not gone to as many 400 level events, nor has there been as many 'famous' speakers. Perhaps they are holding off till PDC - got to make this years one, missed last year due to being too busy. The content has been ......

So many people have iPhones or iPads this year - in fact, i'm writing this blog on one. The fact that MS also released the tag reader on iTunes shows that they have realised this, explaining why WP7 Is being pushed so strongly at this years TechEd. Every year I bring my laptop to TechEd, but this year have not needed to use it - have been able to do ......

Keynote was interesting as usual - and as usual they overran. It did feel a bit rushed, particularly the section on office, where it took took too long to figure out what the speaker was talking about. Nothing really big announced, but the 100,000,000 rows in excel, or 2,000,000,000 rows in VS was interesting.

Big room, with space for lots of people, but not the biggest teched keynote room they've had. Breakfast was ok, among the better ones they've served up. They are really pushing the myTech*Ed, formally CommNet - I wonder if they've finally got it right. Taken them long enough. At least it worked on day 1 :)

Looks interesting. Wp7 is based on SL3, bits of SL4 and a bit other. Mango to be based on SL4, later this year.

First day - silverlight. What can we do

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Nov 08
Left LA yesterday (or was it the day before - you cross the internation date-line on way back), and was not the most impressed about either UA (who I flew with) or the airport itself. Arrived about 3 hour early, and went to self service check in - they are obviously saving money by automating as much as possible (yes cheaper flights are nice, but..). ......

Well, that was a fun week but it's nice to be home through got to go into work tomorrow. Might have changed teams while I was away . It's interesting comparing LA with Tokyo -Toyko has more people and may be bigger, but LA is more spread out. You can walk a lot further in LA without seeing anything than you can in Tokyo. LA does have a metro but it ......

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