Well I'm back from Vegas having attended the Microsoft Mix '08 conference. It was a first time Mix attendee and I must say my walking away impression is very positive. One of the things I liked the most, in addition to Silverlight 2.0, was the incorporation of designers AND developers. Typically, the conferences I attend or present at have an obvious, developer-centric slant on content. I enjoyed the sessions discussing design issues, strategies, and user experiences. I specifically enjoyed a number of the panel discussion sessions because of the different opinions you hear. My plan is to download a number of the recordings for the sessions I didn't get a chance to attend. If you didn't make it out there yourself, hit the Mix 08 sessions page and download the content.
Scott Hanselman Rocks!
One of the highlight sessions for me was Scott Hanselman's Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Model View Controller Pattern session. This was the first time I had the opportunity to see Scott present in person and I wasn't disappointed. Informative, well-prepared, very-knowledgeable, funny, and engaging all describe Scott's very professional approach to delivering a session. I can see why he is always an audience favorite. I was also fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Scott and chat for a few minutes Thursday evening before dinner.
Karen Corby Rocks!
Another session I was very pleased with was Karen Corby's Creating Rich, Dynamic User Interfaces With Silverlight 2 session. Her enthusiasm and passion for her work on the Silverlight team were evident from the beginning. She was energetic, informative, polished, and fun to watch. Check out her session on the Mix 08 sessions page.
Microsoft Partner Program Session
One session I didn't have time to check out in person was the Understanding Microsoft Partner Programs for Designers, Developers, and Agencies session. I did download it and watch it on the flight back home. It was very informative and points you in the right direction if your business is interested in pursuing becoming a Microsoft Partner. There are three basic levels, a Registered Partner (FREE!), a Certified Partner, and a Gold Certified Partner. While I'm not going to go into the details of the requirements for each level, one tip I can pass along is as a partner, even as a Registered Partner, you can purchase the Microsoft Action Pack for $299 which includes more Microsoft software than you can imagine. Check it out...
Of course, last but not least, is the Guy Kawasaki interview of Steve Ballmer in front of about 2,000 of their closest friends. That is also available for you to download and checkout on the Mix 08 sessions page. Guy didn't pull any punches and hit Steve with a number of direct questions. The chemistry between the two of them was great! I enjoyed that quite a bit.
One of the announcements out of Mix 08 was the calendar for Mix '09. Mark you calendars for March 18-20, 2009 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.
Ok, that wraps up my take on my Mix experience. Go to the sessions page and download the session content as well as checking out the Mix University which is full of educational content as well.
Have a day. :-|