The Microsoft DevDays/TechDays in Belgium remain a special recurring event. My first Microsoft conference as an attendee must have been DevDays 2003 (or 2002?) in Louvain-La-Neuve. As a junior .NET software developer (working for Compuware Belgium at that time) I must have realized that the only way forward is to discover and learn. I remember getting in contact with some of the speakers, the dev community and some of my colleagues at that time. Unfortunately some of the usual faces/suspects like Patrick Tisseghem and David Boschmans are not among us anymore, but I’m sure I picked up some of the technology vibes from these guys and I’m happy to be able to pass these vibes to the next generation of software enthusiasts.
Many valuable attendee-years did follow after my first close encounter and 10 years later, there’s still so much more to learn … even more than ever before! Compared to roughly 10 years ago (seems Stone Age right now!), there are so many new releases of interesting tools, frameworks and products. Let aside the multitude of platforms we can develop for! In the early years, there was just a (beta) release of the .NET Framework and the Visual Studio IDE and that was practically it …
So, be sure to check out the full agenda of TechDays Belgium, register and come to visit me at the Sparkles’ booth. I’m still pondering about some promo material at the booth, giveaways and the like … Do send me your (crazy) suggestions!
In the past, DevDays was a dedicated event for the dev community, but since a few years now the event has broadened its scope to be the meeting point for all Microsoft technology professionals (dev & IT Pro). One of the top speakers this year in the IT Pro track is Paula Januszkiewicz and she happens to teach a Master Class in Belgium (via Sparkles) on Windows Security. She will be manning the Sparkles booth together with me to promote her training class and the other IDesign training classes in 2013.
This year, there’s again a Deep Dive ALM Track on the first day of the conference and I feel lucky to be part of a great line-up:
- Application Lifecycle Management: It’s a Team Sport [Brian Keller]
- TFS in the cloud or TFS on premise, how do they compare and what are the benefits for my development team? [Marcel de Vries]
- Software Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2012 and Lab Management 2012 [Brian Keller]
- How to create cross browser test automation using Coded UI Testing [Marcel de Vries]
- Bring it all together: Build, Deploy and Test with Visual Studio Lab Management [Pieter Gheysens]
Something to look forward to is also my duo-session with Kevin DeRudder where we will talk about how to build and test a Windows 8 app with TFS Service and Microsoft Test Manager 2012.
Hope to meet you at TechDays 2013 to share our passion!
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