Hazy Recollections of PDC 2008

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Whew! I’ve finally found a bit of time to write about my impressions of the PDC 2008 conference. If you’re looking for insightful commentary and a “What does this all mean” post, you’ve come to the wrong place. There are plenty of others providing that sort of commentary. I’ll just string together some random impressions and pics from my perspective.

crowd before the MVC
talk First of all, one thing I’m very impressed with is that all sessions are viewable online almost immediately afterwards, with full video of the slides and the presenter. Now I understand why they asked me not to pace too much. To see my presentation, visit its Channel9 Page. Note that my slides and sample code are now up there.

john-lam-and-me I hade a great time delivering this talk (see photo of the room before I started above) and as I wrote before, I uncovered a new presentation tip.

There were 1150 attendees at the talk. If you saw my talk, be sure to submit an eval as the last time I checked, only 95 people did.

mr-open-spacesOf course the best part of the conference (besides excessive amounts of RockBand) is hanging out with the people! I spent time at the ASP.NET lounge at various points in the conference answering a boatload of questions about ASP.NET MVC. This has inspired a nice backlog of posts I should write.

I also spent a lot of time in the Open Spaces area enjoying the geekout sessions. Especially Dustin Campbell’s session on currying, closures, etc… which turned into a discussion of functional languages as I was showing up.

los-tres-amigosOf course, the various parties were great too. I don’t have pictures of the Universal Studios trip, unfortunately, but I will say the Simpson’s ride was awesome. I only brought my camera to the Dev After Dark party, on Wednesday night, which is where most of these are from.

As you can see here, Jeff Atwood, Miguel De Icaza, and myself having a good time at the JLounge. We tried to get it renamed to NLounge, but to no avail.

mike-and-the-dude One of the highlights of the evening was running into my coworker’s hero, The Dude from The Big Lebowski holding a white russian!

Ok, it’s actually Ted Neward graciously posing with my drink as this was probably the 2048^th^ time he heard this joke.

OG-microsoft And wouldn’t you know it, but the Microsofties from the early days showed up to the party. There’s young Bill in the lower left corner.

It was very interesting to meet so many people in person who I’ve “met” before via comments in our forums, on my blog, Twitter, etc…

Especially in the cases where a person in the past reported a bug in a forum, and then at PDC had the opportunity to explain it to me so that we both understood the issue more clearly. In any case, I’m hopefully done travelling for the year.

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7 responses

  1. Avatar for Jason
    Jason November 2nd, 2008

    I like how StackOverflow.com is on the laptop in the first pic.

  2. Avatar for Boersnoes
    Boersnoes November 2nd, 2008

    @Jason: Probably because the talk was about stackoverflow ;)
    Watched the whole thing online. Phil, your content and setup was nice and interesting. But please, stand still!
    I don't know if it was only because I saw it on film, but it made me a bit nauseaus to keep rocking from left to right :P
    Please do take this remark as a positive comment. There cannot be enough publicity for the MVC framework :)

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    Sameer Alibhai November 2nd, 2008

    Wish I could have come, ended up going to the closer, more affordable "Techdays 2008 Canada" event (which was really a bummer compared to PDC2008)

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    Claudio Lassala November 2nd, 2008

    It was cool playing RockBand with you, Scott and Glenn at the bloggers party (Standard hotel)!

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    haacked November 3rd, 2008

    @Jason that's Jeff Atwood's laptop in that pic. :)
    @Boersnoes Ha! Good advice. I noticed it too when I watched the video. When you're up there, you don't think about the camera. I thought the camera would pan out far enough that it wouldn't matter. But they were really up close. ;)
    Next time I'll stay more still, and ask them to invest in a steady cam. ;)
    @Claudio Yeah man, you rocked the drums!

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    ebinary November 3rd, 2008

    Hey Phil,
    Were you one of the few good drummers at the Dev After Dark party? You remind me of one of the guys who was really good. I was drumming there a bit (rusty, but competent).
    Ran into your blog while trying to find where all the pro video and photos that were shot at that party ended up. Any ideas?

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    Nate Thomson November 20th, 2008

    Phil, I really enjoyed your talks in both PC21 and PC20. I was trying to find the PC20 sample code, but could not locate it. You have that laying around anywhere? Thanks again, great job!