14. August 2014 11:00
Its a good thing I wrote my last blogpost when I did – otherwise I would not have had the chance to complain about the missing Microsoft track :) Shortly after I published my post, the conference announced just that track, and that Mads Kristensen is doing one of the talks on web tooling for ASP.NET. As a web-guy, that is really nice to hear, because Mads tends to have a bunch of good ideas to share, and he always gives a good talk.
I am also happy to see Mark Seeman talking about testing without mocks in F#. Functional programming and F# has been a passion of mine for quite a while, and actually was what landed me my first speaking gig back in 2007 as well as a job that sort of fell out of that talk. So I allways seem to find myself going to F# talks to hear from others who enjoy the language.
Another talk on the track is James Montemagno, who is speaking about Xamarin Forms and how to target multiple platforms with one C# codebase. To be honest it feels to me a bit like cheating when this is part of the Microsoft track. Sure C# is a Microsoft language and they are partners with Xamarin, but it is still a bit of a tangent. None the less, I think it will be interesting and it is a very current topic with a lot of developers looking to build apps.
The last talk that is planned for the track currently is about machine learning on Azure. A topic I have not worked much with, so I think there will be a lot to learn from this. No doubt machine learning is a hot topic as well, so I am sure this will also attract a big crowd.
There is one more track that is still open, so I hope for a talk either around new features in C# or ASP.NET vNext. These are both hugely important topics for the future, so even though there are pleanty of Azure services that could also be good topics for talks, one of these would provide better value for the attendees IMHO.