It's another year, which means it's soon going to be time to figure out
which conferences I'll be attending over the next few months. So far,
three conferences have come up on my radar and I suspect I'll attend at
least two of them. The conferences in order of my likelihood of
attending them are
VSLive: A conference for Visual Studio developers. I'll likely be there with other folks from
MSN Windows Live to talk about the various APIs we provide and perhaps give hints or details on some of our upcoming API plans.
attended this conference last year and found it extremely valuable.
There were developers from small and large Web companies talking about
technical issues they had faced while delivering services on the Web as
well as announcing cool new offerings. The list of speakers
is great; Danah Boyd, Joel Spolsky, Kathy Sierra, Sam Ruby, Jon Udell,
Simon Willison and Ray Ozzie. I don't plan to miss this one.
MIX: This is a Microsoft
conference that will focus on our hip, Web-based offerings like IE7,
Windows Media, Windows Live!, as well as "Atlas", Microsoft’s new AJAX
framework. Given that I'll already have lost a week of work by
attending ETech and I won't really be learning anything I can't find on
internal websites by attending the conference, I'll probably miss this
one. Of course, if my workload is light and/or I'm told I'll be
speaking I might end up attending.
If you'll be at any of these conferences and would like to meet up
to shoot the breeze about mindless geekery, holla at me. Also what
other interesting Web geek conferences are out there?