What you need to pack for PDC 2005

I posted this before for TechEd 2004, but I just wanted to remind everyone as they get ready to fly to LA on Sunday or Monday what they should remember to bring. Here is what I am bringing!:

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO PDC 2005:

  • A BIG suitcase. You will be getting a ton of giveaways from PDC. There hasn't been one PDC where I didn't come up with a minimum of five new books. You will also be getting free software, t-shirts, papers, mementos, etc. You will need the space to bring this stuff home so be ready for it!
  • A laptop! Don't come without your computer if you can. If you have a laptop, get a wireless card as there will be usually some shoddy wireless available for you to use at the convention center.
  • An additional outlet expander plug thingy! I have this small outlet expander that turns one three-pronged plug into three three-pronged plugs. Why do I need this you say? Well, think about it my laptop friends: 11,000 people at PDC and 10,000 of those with laptops ... only 1000 (tops) or so places to plug these laptops into. With this expander, or an extension cord, or a power strip - you can then go up to anyone, unplug them and have the two of you share an outlet. It's all about brotherly/sisterly love in the community sharing of electrical power!
  • Walkie-talkies! I bought a pair of two-mile range walkie talkies. Seems like a cool thing to bring even if I don't need it.
  • Business Cards! You will make a lot of new friends at PDC and you will want to be handing out your contact info. You will also be meeting a lot of technologists that can help you in the future and you are going to want their cards. Whenever you get a business card - write a message to yourself on the back of the card on who the heck this person really is and what you promised ... otherwise it is a lost cause!
  • Pen/Pencil! (see above)
  • Digital Camera! Great for remembering the moment and also great for blackmail situations.
  • Ziplock bags! To put your wallet in for when you get thrown into swimming pools. Stay away from me Doug Seven and Donny Mack!
  • Extra pair of shoes! (see above)
  • Funny T-Shirt! With 11,000 people, you are going to need to stand out in the crowd somewhat. A funny t-shirt is always a hit. "Hey did you see the guy with that Bush/Kerry/Ballmer/Gates t-shirt ... oh man was he funny." .... see you would be remembered. I tried to get a Ballmer T-Shirt made that said this, but I changed my mind .... didn't want to stand out THAT much! :)
  • Bottle-opener. For the evenings.  :)
  • Aspirin and breath mints ... for the mornings. :(
  • USB Pen! For passing PPTs/Notes and good blackmail digital photos to your friends with.
  • MSDN Card! (via Julie Lerman): In the past few years, the MSDN booth in the exhibition hall has had great (free) gifts for those that show their MSDN card to them.

Did I forget anything? Let me know ...

PDC Sessions

Looking over the PDC sessions that are available, the ones that I find the most exciting right now include:

TLN307  C#: Future Directions in Language Innovation from Anders Hejlsberg

Day/Time: Wednesday, September 14 3:15 PM- 4:30 PM Room: Halls C & D (Petree Hall)
Day/Time: Thursday, September 15 2:15 PM- 3:30 PM Room: 402 AB
Speaker(s): Anders Hejlsberg
Session Type(s): Breakout
Session Level(s): 300
Track(s): Tools & Languages
Join Anders Hejlsberg, Distinguished Engineer and chief architect of the C# language, for an in-depth walkthrough of the new language features in C# 3.0. Understand how features like extension methods, lambda expressions, type inference, and anonymous types make it possible to create powerful APIs for expressing queries and interacting with objects, XML, and databases in a strongly typed, natural way. It is suggested that you attend "The .NET Language Integrated Query Framework: An Overview" before attending this session.

 

TLN308  Visual Basic: Future Directions in Language Innovation

Day/Time: Thursday, September 15 10:00 AM- 11:15 AM Room: 411
Speaker(s): Paul Vick
Session Type(s): Breakout
Session Level(s): 300
Track(s): Tools & Languages
Visual Basic 9.0 will offer radical improvements in its ability to work with data in all its forms: as objects, as XML, as relational data. Join the language architects for a detailed discussion of features such as query comprehensions, object initializers and anonymous types that enable querying data in a more flexible, natural way than ever before. Also, get a glimpse into the future of dynamic programming in VB with coverage of new features intended to radically simplify working with dynamically typed data on the .NET platform.

 

PRS312  ASP.NET: Future Directions for Developing Rich Web Applications with Atlas (Part 1)

Day/Time: Wednesday, September 14 5:00 PM- 6:15 PM Room: Halls C & D (Petree Hall)
Speaker(s): Shanku Niyogi
Session Type(s): Breakout
Session Level(s): 300
Track(s): Presentation
Take an in-depth first look at Atlas, a new set of technologies that will build on innovations in ASP.NET 2.0 and make it easier to build Web applications that deliver rich, interactive, and personalized experiences in the browser using technologies such as DHTML and XMLHttp. Atlas includes a 100% JScript cross-browser client script framework that allows you to easily build browser applications with rich UI and connectivity to Web services, full integration with ASP.NET application services such as user profiles, a set of ASP.NET server controls for Atlas, and a set of client application services. Learn how you can use the Atlas preview release and ASP.NET 2.0 to start developing richer Web applications.

 

PRS420  ASP.NET: Future Directions for Developing Rich Web Applications with Atlas (Part 2)

Day/Time: Thursday, September 15 11:30 AM- 12:45 PM Room: Halls C & D (Petree Hall)
Speaker(s): Nikhil Kothari
Session Type(s): Breakout
Session Level(s): 400
Track(s): Presentation
Take an in-depth first look at Atlas, a new set of technologies that will build on innovations in ASP.NET 2.0 and make it easier to build Web applications that deliver rich, interactive, and personalized experiences in the browser using technologies such as DHTML and XMLHttp. Atlas includes a 100% JScript cross-browser client script framework that allows you to easily build browser applications with rich UI and connectivity to Web services, full integration with ASP.NET application services such as user profiles, a set of ASP.NET server controls for Atlas, and a set of client application services. Learn how you can use the Atlas preview release and ASP.NET 2.0 to start developing richer Web applications.

 

See you there!

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