St. Louis Day of .NET 2011 – Reflections and Session Materials
August 10, 2011 2 Comments
The annual St. Louis Day of .NET conferences was held August 5th and 6th. It was the largest yet, with over 800 attendees.
The keynote address, given by Microsoft’s Jay Schmelzer, focused on Visual Studio Lightswitch. Lightswitch is billed as a simplified development tool for creating business applications. I have read comparisons to Microsoft Access, and from what I saw at the keynote, those comparisons are apt. I’ll give more detail about the keynote and the other sessions that I attended in future posts.
Interestingly, I did not hear anyone talking about Lightswitch after the keynote. I don’t think I’ve ever been at a conference where there was no further discussion of the keynote.
Among the sessions that I attended were three focusing on MVC… none were great, or even particularly good. This was very disappointing, as it was a topic of particular interest to me. On the other hand, sessions on Entity Framework 4.1, SOLID design principles, Powershell, Inversion of Control containers, and jQuery Plug-ins were good. Two speakers that particularly impressed me were Steve Bohlen (SOLID and Inversion of Control) and Muljadi Budiman(Objective-C).
I found it interesting (but not surprising) that sessions on Objective-C and jQuery were filled to overflowing, despite their focus on non-Microsoft technology and/or vendor-agnostic technologies. I was happy to see that the developer community, while supportive of Microsoft, isn’t blindly supportive.
One last note… there were a large number of sponsors of this year’s event, and I was impressed by the number that were hiring or looking for contract workers. One hopes that this bodes well for developers looking for work in the St. Louis area.
As far as I know, the conference web site (http://www.stlouisdayofdotnet.com/2011/) doesn’t provide a way for speakers to deposit their session materials. Because of that, slides and sample code have been slowly trickling out on personal blogs and web sites. I have been attempting to accumulate as many links to those materials as I can find, and those links are listed below. Full session descriptions can be found here.
Application Development With HTML5
Architecting Applications the Microsoft Way
Architecting for Massive Scalability
Building jQuery Plugins
Building Office 365 Web Parts
Common UX Pitfalls
Consuming Data From Many Platforms: The Benefits of OData
Design Quality: Learning From the Mistakes of the US Auto Industry
Embrace the Buzz – Building Modern DotNetNuke Extensions
Get Funcy With C# and F#
IE9 Pinned Sites
Introduction to User Experience Methods
Jumpstart: SharePoint Web Part Development
The “Little Pitfalls” of C#/.NET
The “Little Wonders” of C#/.NET
Making $$$ with Windows Phone 7
The Making of the Day of .NET Web Site with Orchard CMS
Overview of Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket
Powershell: Not Your Father’s Command Line
Reactive Extensions (Rx) in .NET
Refactoring to a SOLID Foundation
Startup Tips and Tricks
Taming Your Dependencies With Inversion of Control Containers
The Three Tasty Flavors of Entity Framework 4.1
Unit Testing Patterns and Anti-Patterns
What’s Wrong With This Picture?
Why You Should Care the Sony PSN Was Hacked