The second annual St. Louis Day of .NET conference was held on August 28th and 29th, 2009. Over 500 local .NET developers, architects and other technologists, including Unidev’s George Zheng and Jinhai Wang, attended the highly anticipated event at the exciting location of The Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. The conference, with too much info to pack into just one day, had over 50 technical sessions from local and national experts on Saturday and Sunday covering all the technologies of today, as well as providing a sneak preview of the technology possibilities of the future.
George and Jinhai took a lot of useful information from the conference and were exposed to new skills and ideas. “Day to day we use the various Microsoft Tools to focus on one project, but the conference covered every aspect of the tool. Meeting with other users of the same tools, helped me to become quicker, more educated and more productive,” George Zheng says of his experience at the conference.
Jinhai found the session on Language Integrated Query (LINQ), presented by Keith Dahlby, Senior Consultant at Inetium, to be most impressive. The session explored technologies that make LINQ possible and discussed how you can use the same techniques to make LINQ work for you. Another session Jinhai and George both found notable was the session on Silverlight presented by Brad Tutterow, Senior Consultant at Daugherty Business Solutions. Silverlight is a browser plug-in that allows .NET developers to write rich internet applications (RIAs). The session covered how to use Visual Studio and the Expression Studio suite together to build a working Silverlight game, the outcome of the presentation was a working Silverlight game that participants got to take home with them.
A few of the session topics covered at the conference included C #, VB.NET, Sharepoint, WPF, WCF, Visual Studio, .NET 4.0, Expression Blend, SQL Server 2008, ASP.NET MVC and Windows Azure. In an effort to provide the most rewarding experience possible to participants, this year’s conference offered a wide variety of alternative sessions and other unique opportunities such as roundtable discussions, “Birds of a Feather” opportunities, a vendor fair and a Friday night social at Home Night Club, located in the Ameristar Casino.
George and Jinhai both saw the .NET Conference as a success and found the experience to be extremely beneficial to their work at Unidev. They are looking forward to what the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 Conference has in store!