The day started at 8am with room preparations, sessions at 9:30, and it was all over by 5pm. Just 7 hours for 10 sessions, so it really was a whirlwind tour of .NET devt topics.
We plan to post some of the slides and materials up on the http://www.codecamp.net.nz site over the next week or so. Here is the list of presenters and their topics:9:40am Chris Auld: Silverlight at MIX and Intergen (30min)
Chris introduced some of the features of Silverlight 1.0 and 1.1, and showed a few sample programs that have been built. One of them from Intergen was an Amazon search client.10:10am Tom Hollander: Patterns and Practices (60min)
Tom showed some of the cool features that come out of the P&P team, and built a WCF app using factories and showed how to wrap and hide exceptions so that sensible exceptions pass across the boundary. He also showed a community project he's involved in to throw sensible exceptions based upon SQL error codes (part of Enterprise Library Contrib
I was interested to see some of the things in Enterprise Library that I didn't know about, and I enjoyed this session.11:10am Ivan Towlson: WPF databinding (45min)
Ivan got down to the nitty-gritty in WPF and showed how to databind against data objects and have changes in the model show up in the UI and vice-versa. He then drilled into a few different scenarios such as formatting and templating, and showed how to do those a few different ways in WPF.
Sean McBreen talked briefly about OpenXML and some of the standardisation efforts that are going on right now. Then Chris Auld and Adam Cogan entertained us over lunch with a little skit on how Adam
doesn't do business. Very entertaining! Some good ideas on how to interact with clients and be prepared for meetings.1:45pm Kirk Jackson: C# 3.0 new features (30min)
I went through some of the C# 3.0 features, and talked about when you'd use them (mostly, if using LINQ), and at the end I showed a few slides of the upcoming XML support in VB9, which is cool if not scary!2:15pm Adam Cogan: TFS and VSTS - what is coming (60min)
Adam showed us some of the new features that are coming into Team Foundation / System in the upcoming release. Interesting thing was that out of the audience, only a handful are using these products.3:15pm Dave Dustin: SQL 2008 new features (10min)
Dave put up a list and talked through some of the new features in SQL2008 -- if you want to hear more about them, go along to the next SQL user group in your area (Auckland
Dave didn't have a very good afternoon with his powerpoint deck, but I thought he did well fielding questions from the floor.3:30pm Andrew Peters and Jeremy Boyd: Opinionated domain modeling (30min)
Andrew and Jeremy talked about what it means to be an opinionated toolset, how domain modeling has evolved over the past few years, and what is currently state of the art. They then showed Lightspeed
, their product, in action, and Jeremy built up a functioning online store quite quickly using Lightspeed to persist the data.
I'm biased, because I'm friends with these guys, but I continue to be impressed with their product and what they've put together. It really seems to be lean, fast, and does what you need.4:00pm Tony Goodhew: Insights into the development of Orcas (50min)
Tony talked without a slide deck about the development process that they use when developing Visual Studio 2008 right from the inception of the project prior to the release of 2005. His talk was humorous, and I think showed some insight into how to effectively run a software development project of that magnitude.
I was particularly interested in how they measure stability of code, and how they conduct the exit and entry reviews at the end of each milestone.Summary of the day
There were a lot of people at Code Camp. I think at the peak we had over 170 people in the room, though during the day people came and went.
Everything was a bit pressed for time - 10 sessions in 7 hours was a lot. The format was different to the previous Code Camps that we have spread over 2 days. I am soliciting feedback on whether people prefer the compressed format or a more sedate Code Camp -- please email me on email@example.com
Thanks for everyone who attended, to our wonderful presenters who gave their time to entertain and educate us, and to our sponsors (Microsoft, Intergen, Fronde and the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional program) who helped make the day possible.