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Inside and Out... An attempt to understand technology better...

As part of my role at Microsoft as a Developer Evangelist, I own the Microsoft developer events that are executed across the country to engage with the developers at a huge scale. These include the MSDN Sessions that are conducted across 6 cities every month, the MSDN Yatras that are done in 9 cities every quarter, and finally, DevDays and TechED. Basically:

1) I drive all the developer events of Microsoft India. So, if you want us to talk about something you want to hear, let me know :)

2) I own the technical content that goes into these events - primarily meaning that I am responsible for selecting the nature and depth of session that will be presented to the developers [yes, including demos!], to help the developers understand our technologies better, help them give an insight into where our developer technologies are headed in the future [which helps developers align their development strategies].

3) I am responsible for making developer feel excited and importantly, feel more productive, when they use the technologies - by digging inside the technologies.

Yes, my work expects me to remain abreast with where we are headed - technically. Cos if I dont understand the technology, how can I drive it better across this huge nation? And this is part of my role...

The upcoming TechED 2004 India is our next, and the biggest, technical event for developers, IT professionals, decision makers - to get dig inside of the technologies, tools and servers that are coming up and/or are recently released and understand them better! And this has been keeping me busy - The event is in the entire month of August 2004, where we are touching Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi!

Yes, we are finally coming to New Delhi!

Right from detailed technical sessions [the minimum is Level 200] to focused Chalk Talk sessions, we have got a lot to keep you hooked. Not to mention the product teams members are coming down to speak! Definitely, you wouldn't want to miss this event that goes on for 3 whole days across each city!

For details on sessions, speakers, and registration, visit

See you at TechED 2004 India :)

Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2004 4:02 PM Personal , Events | Back to top

Comments on this post: What I do at Microsoft.. and TechED 2004 India

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Just a few comments on the TechEd 2004 plan:

1. Why is it so unaffordably expensive this time? Many developers who want to come on their own will not be able to make it and it will only be the "richer" companies that will be able to afford sending teams here.

2. The take-aways include VS.NET BETA 1 and the Express Editions. The Express Editions are already available publicly and most people who are coming to TechEd being from "rich" companies like I earlier said, would have downloaded these on their high-speed broadbands already. However, there could have been a few other BETA evals - don't ask me which ones!

3. Why isn't there any coverage on Longhorn and related technologies? Especially if developers had a "roadmap" session on one of the days which told them how to code for creating applications that will be compatible in the Longhorn timeframe, it would be one of the most useful things of the present moment.

4. A whole day of hands-on labs could have been avoided and more sessions could have been conducted instead. The labs could have been shorter and probably will be one day of almost no activity. I didn't quite appreciate the labs during the DevDays 2004 too because they're too mechanical and don't actually give you a hands-on feeling. Gives you more of a cut-and-paste and say 'wow' feeling - which should be avoided if possible.

Further, great job! hope we see great things in teched '04. all the best!
Left by Pandurang on Jul 19, 2004 6:56 PM

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Hi Pandurang!

Replies in order of the questions asked:

1) There are a lot of factors that go into determining the cost for registration. Not to mention that if we compare it other TechEDs, this is peanuts. But keeping in mind the extents and scale to which the event is held, the cost is just minimum enough.

2) Rich Companies, eh :) ? Well, we are giving Express versions for all - "rich" companies or not. And the same goes for VS and other betas that will be given. Have a more broader perspective than just one and you will know what I mean!

3) Longhorn - well, let me put it this way - everything will happen on its time :) Won't sat more or less - and if you have even breezed thry .NET FX 2.0, you will know that there is so much new in there to explore and learn!

4) DevDays 2004 labs were "controlled" labs - and it had its own objective which was served right - @ TechED, these are more flexible labs and you can explore at ur own pace - or understand from the instructor - its your call!

Look forward to seeing you @ TechED!
Left by Gaurav Khanna on Jul 19, 2004 7:06 PM

# re: What I do at Microsoft.. and TechED 2004 India
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Gaurav ... Once again .. i think the devs are again being ignored here ... whats the use of giving away the softwares that are already publically availible .... thats ain't fair ... try something else to please us in the minimum ...

Left by Enigma on Jul 27, 2004 10:05 PM

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Something like this maybe :

Becuase you showed up, you will receive a power packed DVD with all of the content that we will be talking about with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1. Unless you are a MSDN Universal subscriber, this will be the only way that you can get it!!!
Via Http://
Left by Enigma on Aug 01, 2004 11:09 AM

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Why is it that MC++ is almost ignored in all the teched sessions. Are we going to cover any in this event atleast.
Left by Pakku on Aug 03, 2004 5:14 PM

# re: What I do at Microsoft.. and TechED 2004 India
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Seems Pandurang was very much to the point.
As i am a developer in a small company and get knowledge on my own from the usergroup,msdn meets and implement upon them in my work, knowing the company will not invest on me to know more knowledge. I dont bother it much as i know one day will come i am going have a big breake. But since the event TechED is too high cost to me and i think there is a very big pool of developer in this country like me, it could me wiser that you people can bring down the event cost down to have a first hand view for us who cant attend the event in that much of cost.
Hope some body is going thru this and will take a good step.

Left by Pradeep Sen on Nov 19, 2004 4:43 PM

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One of the most frequently asked questions we're asked about is how WCF performs and scales relative...
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