Rob Howard, PM on the ASP.NET team, came to St. Louis last night for the ASP.NET Roadshow. It was an outstanding event and the St. Louis .NET User Group along with Microsoft got around 450 people there for the event. The event covered ASP.NET Basics, ASP.NET Tips and Tricks, ASP.NET Security and ASP.NET Whidbey. Our meeting was about 3 1/2 hours long.
Poor Rob - he got in a car wreck before the event here in St. Louis. He was squished between two cars (the perpetrator being a cab) - and complained of back-pain during his talk.
For our meeting, we were quite pleased to be there with our Kansas City brothers and sisters who took a bus from KC to STL to be at the event! That's dedication! 4 hours to St. Louis - watch a 3 1/2 hour event and then 4 hours back home. WOW! Thanks Jeff Julian and John Alexander for arranging all of that.
We ended up giving out a ton of books and 5 Pocket PCs! Then we had 250 books to give away to the attendees. Obviously, this wasn't enough books for the 450 people that attended. So at the end of the event I announced that we didn't have enough books, but if you left your name and address with us, we would get one in the mail to you within 2 weeks. After that, everyone ran to the table we had near a wall where we were going to give away the books. I imagined everyone would wait in line and grab their copy - BUT IT WAS NOTHING LIKE THAT! Devin Rader and myself got shoved up against the wall and couldn't move anymore as people started grabbing BOXES of books from us, ripping apart the boxes. There was hundreds of people all pushed up against each other as people were in a mad rush to get books. Boxes were falling on people's heads, one lady was getting all stepped on and started screaming. Devin was yelling at people - “STAND BACK STAND BACK!!!”. It was crazy - MAN, PEOPLE LOVE ASP.NET!
Thanks to Rob Howard, Catherine Vegher and INETA for a wonderful event! (pictures to come shortly)