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I'll Be Doing a PDC2008 Pre-Con on WPF!

May 30, 2008
New York, N.Y.

I didn't know it had been publicly announced until I saw Tim Sneath's very kind blog posting this morning, but it's true: I'll be at this year's Professional Developers Conference in October with a full-day pre-conference tutorial on programming for the Windows Presentation Foundation entitled WPF Code and Concepts. How exciting!

The idea of converting my WPF book into a presentation did not appeal to me at all. (Once I've written something, I'm pretty much done with it. Isn't that what's writing for?) So that's not what I'm going to do here. I've been entirely re-thinking the material, the approach, the emphases, and the demo programs.

You've probably seen talks before where the speaker builds an application just by dragging and dropping controls inside Visual Studio. That's not the type of thing I'm interested in doing here. Instead, I'd like to focus much more on how to write your WPF classes so they're conducive to building those apps — in effect, how to make your classes "XAML ready."

I don't do fluff. This is going to be hard-core stuff. We're going to be looking at a lot of code, and discussing it, and analyzing it, and getting a good feel for what makes WPF such a powerful framework for Windows programming. I hope to see you there.

(I'm going to be travelling today and tomorrow, and possibly staying at a hotel without WiFi, so if you post a comment, it might not show up until late Saturday.)


Gulp... "FULL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION $2395 USD" + airfare + hotel + eating

Any hope of publishing PDC sessions with all this nifty new WPF/Silverlight/LiveMesh etc technology? After all MIT is open sourcing intellectual capital with free access to its lectures. Maybe MS could gain a bit of good will for its media technology by using it for the "common good" (sounds rather communistic).

I for one am willing to contribute my capital share of business networking potential and volunteer to beta test PDC online media from Colorado.

If MS Labs gets busy, I'm even willing to use a bit of my savings to buy an iPhone for watching that Web10.0 DeepZoom MultiScaleVideo PDC session! Oops make that a zune phone.

randy, Fri, 30 May 2008 11:24:05 -0400 (EDT)

I will not attend the pre-con.

Any chance that there will be a rerun of this session at the regular conference?

— Peter, Mon, 29 Sep 2008 07:27:20 -0400 (EDT)

I hope not! It'll be exhausting enough doing just one six-hour presentation during the week! — Charles

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