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Yesterday's Israel Visual C# Users Group meeting at Microsoft, Ra'anana featured a lecture from guest speaker Tomer Shamam and he gave a talk about Windows Presentation Foundation.

The meeting was a mess. Here are some highlights to show why I left yesterday's meeting disappointed:

  1. The invitation for the meeting said it'll start at 17:00. When we got there, we were told the lecture will only begin at 17:30.  MS brought in pizzas for us while we waited - thanks for that!
  2. The lecture did not actually start at 17:30. It was delayed for a further 15 minutes because it took Tomer ages to boot his laptop.
  3. The lecture wasn't well structured. It was based on a PowerPoint introduction that was intended for a much longer session. Tomer skipped many slides and it was difficult to keep track of how things progressed.
  4. WPF demos did not work very well. One attractive feature - embedding video into a button control - failed because Tomer's laptop wasn't powerful enough for it.

To balance things a bit let me say that Tomer definitely knows his WPF and I've learned quite a bit from yesterday's lecture. But the points above require significant improvements on behalf of both IVCUG and Tomer himself.

Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 11:22 AM | Back to top


Comments on this post: January IVCUG meeting was a disappointment

# re: January IVCUG meeting was a disappointment
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wow. you're kind of a jerk. Maybe you should try speaking at, or god forbid, running an event like this some time.
Left by not impressed on Jan 25, 2007 4:23 PM

# re: January IVCUG meeting was a disappointment
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Next time you are saying something like that, think twice before blaming someone. Try to focus on the problem and highlight it before presenting it as it was the lecturer fault.

1,2,4 was Microsoft Fault - The time, Window XP...
3 - Maybe you were right, but as you mentioned "Tomer definitely knows his WPF and I've learned quite a bit from yesterday's lecture". Next time try to start with this sentence before anything else. This will honor both you and the lecturer.
Left by Guest on May 08, 2007 8:21 AM

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