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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
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Today I attended a Microsoft sponsored MSDN event in our local area. The presentation was by our own Developer Community Champion, Geoff Snowman.  The topics on the agenda were:

  • Object Oriented Programming in .NET
  • Location Intelligence using MapPoint Web Services
  • Optimizing ASP.NET 1.1 Web Applications
  • ASP.NET 2.0 Membership & Personalization
My primary reason for going was to get an introduction to the MapPoint Web Services as that is something that I am interested in looking at.
I do have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the other topics. While OO is not something new to me, Geoff had one of the most lucid explanations of the pillars of OO (Abstraction, Inheritance, Encapsulation and Polymorphism) that I've ever heard. The fish/shark example was an interesting way of conveying the message.
Regarding the MapPoint presentation, I actually did get exactly the type of introduction that I was looking for on the MapPoint Web Services and it looks like it is something that I may be able to use. The nice bonus is that if you have a Universal Subscription to MSDN, you get a 1 year low volume MapPoint query access included in the sub, which is very cool.
Optimizing ASP.NET 1.1 Web Applications was also a great intro to the topic and Geoff demonstrated both using the Application Center Test tool as well as the SQL Profiler to get to the heart of possible performance bottlenecks in your app. He also pointed out a very valuable resource which is put out by the PAG on this topic, which is their tome on "Improving .NET performance and Scalability", which is THE bible for improving the perf of .NET apps.
The last topic was ASP.NET 2.0 membership which gave the audience a taste of what is coming.  Geoff was certainly hitting the time limit with this topic.  In all fairness to him, and as someone who has done presentations in that type of setting, I personally thought that four topics was a bit too much for the time allotted.
The audience was... interesting. As an officer in the local .NET user group (CMAP) as well as a presenter, I look forward to an audience that is interactive. This crowd was much quieter and I got the impression that some were there just to get out of the office and pick up the swag.. In any case, a markedly different subset of developers than the ones I usually deal with.  Hopefully the fact that Geoff ran over and these guys had to wait until he was done to participate in the drawing for the swag won't impact his presentation scores :-)  In any case, I got what I wanted out of it and the people who were there to learn did as well.
The only complaint I have is as usual about.... Security :-)  Yup, the VPC's were configured to run as Admin.. again! C'mon guys, as presenters you should be setting an example of how you run your desktop and development environment and running as Admin does NOT send a good message! 


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