So as promised here are some pictures we took at the Poster Session, this is where the judges and attendees were allowed to come take a deeper look at the solution we built and the product itself. I personally had a great time at the conference and enjoyed meeting all the people that came to the summit.



From Left to Right: Pamela Szabo, Anjaneyullu Tamma and Me standing by the poster we had setup



From Left to Right: Me, Gretchen Weis and Anjaneyullu Tamma

I have a few more pictures up on my Flikr page, click here.

Disclaimer: I am a little emotional right now. Bottom Line: we did win an award [not 1st place] and I will post details/pictures about it soon.  For years I have believed that the best technology should always win. When I was in college i worked with the JDK 1.1 (Java Development Kit) and I loved it. I had worked with VB 3 and 4 before that and I thought that Java was going to rule. I couldnt have been more wrong. I wrote my “real”
business application in Java and realized the performace as a fat client was a far from real world! It simply didnt respond. I talked to some engineers at sun that I knew during college and told them give me a native interface to windows (something like ngen.exe)….they didnt listen. I knew the write once run anywhere …was worth nothing to me….95% of the world runs windows..so the run anywhere was meaningless, all i wanted
was run on windows! That was 7 years ago….today I realized that as good as the .net platform is and robust our technology all that didnt matter…all that the judges cared about were if we were JAVA!! I was handed a paper today with the recommendations from the judges at the Global Integration Summit and it said the following:

Too much dependency on Microsoft and no support for open source.

The last time I checked web services and SOA were platform independent! (this was an SOA
challenge) in which we smoked out competitors! But hold on a second aren’t the other vendors too dependent on Java/Sun!! I am not anti-java or sun, I admire the innovations that come from that side, but I dont understand why the other side is not able to do the same! Well enough of that….I guess people will be people and their bias will always get in the way! We did win an award at the Global Integration Summit….I am happy about that and I will post
some pictures when Gretchen gets them to me. The real question is how many of the vendors (of the showcase participants) have the kahunas to make their software available to the public to download and evaluate for themselves? The answer….

Stone Bond , AboveAll and BEA!
[see previous post on participants]

– Nikhil Roy

Update: It was ponted out correctly that AboveAll also offers downloads on theier website, I added them to the list.

We are about 45 mins away from going on stage to give the presentation for the Global Integration Summit (see earlier posts for more info). I am told I will be given about 8 mins only to get all the key points out…now thats tough considering all the key features Enterprise Enabler has! I did do a dry run and I should be ok for the 8 min cut-off.

Later this evening we are going to setup a kiosk with posters and additional info where all the attendees and judges will come visit with the individual vendors (expo hall style). I will try to take some pictures and post them here tomorrow.

That's all for now…will blog later on how the sessions went today.

-Nikhil Roy

 

Thats Right!! We are done implementing the solution…from what I can tell it took us about 90 minutes from start to finish. Tamma and I sat here for the last 10 minutes trying to make sure we didn’t miss anything…..we couldn’t possibly be done so quickly could we? Well….we are!!! Now its time to sit back and relaxxxx….and wait for the judging panel. Well we are going to add a few bells ‘n whistles to the solution for “extra credit”!

The solution highlights a cool new technology that is an Enterprise Enabler Server Add-On: Object to Object Mapping (it can also do Object to relational, object to X where x is any data type).

Normally when you invoke a web service you get a response in XML. Enterprise Enabler has a cool feature where we can request the response to be a .net object. Manipulating objects is far simpler than working with raw XML messages. But the real icing on the cake is that you can take that resulting object and create an EE template on it and use it in our mapper/transformation engine. Now isn’t that cool!

-Nikhil Roy

We participated in the VSLive Midnight madness event which started at 8:30 pm which was held in the keynote area of the conference which turned out to be an absolute blast. Billy Hollis [he has a post up here] was MC’ing it and he was great, they also had a live band playing. They were giving away several prizes starting from t-shirts to an iPod. We were also given a speaking spot at this event for about 20 minutes and there had to be a couple hundred people in the audience. Here are some pictures:

 

(While I was getting ready on stage. From right to left: Billy Hollis, Me, Kevin. Click Here for larger image)

(During the slideshow presentation. From right to left Billy Hollis, Me, Kevin, Jay Schmelzer [VB Team] . Click Here for larger image)

Here is a link to the entire photostream from flickr.

Wow! This was one amazing conference and it was awesome meeting all my peers in the .net community. It always amazes me how broad the .net developer community is and the breadth of applications that theseout of it guys are working on.  I had the pleasure of talking to several hundred of the attendees personally and through my Midnight Madness talk. All in all this was a great show – as an exhibitor and as an attendee I got a lot out of it.

Day 2 Midday keynote was great – it was a talk about how ms does engineering and dogfooding – and it was amazing to see some of the stats on # of test cases, how many hours it takes to create a clean build of visual studio and I got a few good takeaways that we can implement in our enviornment. We have a pretty extensive testing and build automation process ourselves.

I have some pictures and more info from the show that I will blog about later today.

-Nikhil

Day 1 – VSLive kicked off with the .net focus day, which was an all day only .net. We got here on Sunday and setup our booth since we are exhibiting at this conference. I also setup the machine with all the demo's on it. There are about 1100+ attendees here and it sure is going to be a busy conference. We handed out about 300 cd's today and I expect we should be handing out atleast another 500 more…….thats exciting!

I did get a chance to sit through the keynote which was pretty interesting it was given by Sam Guckenheimer from Microsoft and he was talking about Visual Studio Next (Orcas) and had some pretty interesing things to talk about. The other session that I was able to sit in was LINQ which I was very excited to go to but rather dissapointed in the conetent of the presentation which was given by Jason McConnell from Microsoft. To his credit he is from marketing and probably should not have been speaking to a developer heavy audience.