According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar 2008 is the year of the rat, but if you ask
me it should be called the year of the Microsoft conference.
Starting in March, just after the official launch of VS2008, Windows Server 2008,
and SQL Server 2008, MIX08 is
scheduled to take place in Las Vegas March 5-7 at the snazzy Venetian Resort Hotel
According to recent announcements by Scott Guthrie, MIX08 will likely be the the big
event for Silverlight 2.0 hitting the streets in a Beta with GO-Live licensing. This
is definitely the “What’s Next on the Web” conference. This will be the third year
in a row for MIX.
In June, down in Orlando Tech·Ed 2008 will take on a new look, extending into a two
week event featuring separate back to back developer and IT professional conferences.
(Developers June 3-6 and IT Pro’s June 10-13). Tech-Ed is the most “Here and Now”
event, focusing on doing real work released products and technologies, covering the
complete spectrum. It’s going to be interesting how the splitting of the two crowds
changes the event, and how this will impact some of the technologies that sort of
fall in the middle. Many in the Sharepoint community are not too happy with the decision,
but we’ll see how it goes.
2008 will also feature PDC, the Microsoft
Professional Developers conference in Los Angeles. PDC only happens every few years,
usually providing developers with an early look in new technologies that will take
shape over the follow years. PDC05 and PDC07 previewed gave developers early looks
at VS2005, Windows Vista, and .Net 3.0 (WPF, WCF, WF).
I like to compare PDC and Tech-Ed by saying that Tech-Ed is where you go to learn
about technologies and PDC is where you go to see the things that you’re going to
have to learn in the times ahead to stay on top of things.
I if I had to choose only to attend PDC would be my first choice, followed my MIX
and then Tech-Ed. (That’s assuming that I was only allowed to choose from Microsoft
host events and not things like Dev Connections and VS
Live, then it would depend…)
Bottom line is that 2008 is going to be a very exciting year in dev land!