June RDU .NET User Experience Meeting TONIGHT!

 

Wow, I’m really late on getting this posted….

The RDU .NET User Experience group will be meeting tonight at 6:00 pm  at 1143
Executive Circle, Suite H, Cary, 27511. I’ll be walking through some demos on “Over
the wire data access” (aka – network communication) as well as reviewing some of the
changes in Silverlight 2 Beta 2

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If you’re interested in WPF, Silverlight, and issues surrounding Rich Interactive
Applications you’ll want to check it out.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP by sending me a note or leaving a comment.

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Lunch with Bill Gates and S. Somasegar

Last week at TechEd I had the privilege of attending a roundtable luncheon with Bill
Gates and S. Somasegar following their keynote presentation, along with a group of
“influential members of the community.”

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With this being the last developer conference keynote for Bill before transitioning
from Microsoft to a full time role with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the
timing added extra significance to the event. The lunch conversation largely centered
around education, both in the US and around the world and ways to improve it including
the use of technology. It’s great to still hear that Tablet PC’s are still in the
picture.

It was extremely interesting to hear how many of the same skills and viewpoints that
made Bill so successful with Microsoft are now being applied through the foundation.
His explanations of the foundation’s approach to solving problems was extremely insightful
and showed a very systematic and numeric approach to problem solving. It was great
to see him very relaxed and speak candidly about his goals and passion for making
a difference through the foundation. As a community, it was motivating for us to think
more about how our efforts could be used to make a difference as well.

It was a lunch that I will never forget, and an honor to be associated with the group
in attendance. Thank you to Bill, Soma, and everybody that was involved in making
this event possible and for including me in it.