Tech Ed Thoughts: Thursday

  • I’m noticing that a lot of the women here are in the DB and BI world. Interesting.
  • Along those lines this conference is dominated by white males. How much so? Think along the lines of how the NBA is dominated by black males. I’ve only heard Spanish spoken once by a attendee.
  • I’ve now seen Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 crash three times during the conference. Crashy, Crashy.
  • Microsoft has announced the Microsoft Certified Architect program. But this isn’t a take four test and your certified program. This is a certification with a peer board review process. Microsoft is allowing architects to certified architects. That’s different. I don’t think I’ll be attempting this any time soon. They won’t be targeting enterprise architects, software architects, component architects and academic architects.
  • I had a demo of Office Writer from Software Artisans. The Office Writer product integrates with Reporting Services to allow true Word and Excel documents from Reporting Services. Very nice. If you need true office documents in Reporting Services it looks like a great product.
  • I also had a good conversation with Infragistics. In my opinion they’ve got the best UI tools in the business. I also talked to them about, er, I better not mention this quite yet.
  • The Thinkpad X41 is one phenomenal machine. I got the opportunity to walk-through a Visual Studio lab that used the Tablet-PC SDK on the X41 and I’m impressed. The screen was bright and easy to use. The swivel mechanism was sturdy and worked well. The only issue that I had was that the pen was too light. Also, since the machine was locked to the table I couldn’t pick it up and walk around with it. The X41 is an impressive machine and I really want one.
  • The wireless on the main convention floor is unusable and that sucks. The load must be incredible.
  • One thing we don’t do a whole lot of in our web application is caching. I need to come up with a caching strategy for the system.
  • I grilled Rob Howard of Telligent Systems, the Community Server folks, on their documentation. It was a really good conversation. They just hired a tech writer so their functional docs should be appearing soon. I also asked if they are planning to use web parts soon, answer: yes. They are also planning some other cool features such as e-mail searching. There’s a cabana on Community Server tomorrow. You know I’ll be there.
  • I got an e-mail last week regarding my post on the INSERT INTO EXEC in nested stored procedures issue. My solution was to take the code in the nested stored procedure and place it in a dynamic SQL statement. This will work fine unless you don’t want/can’t change the nested SP. I asked SQL Server guru Kimberly Tripp about this and her suggestion was to move all of the logic into the root SP.