Record number of sessions at DevWeek 2009

This article was originally published in VSJ, which is now part of Developer Fusion.
The 12th annual DevWeek conference, organised by Bearpark (the publishers of VSJ) will again be held at the Barbican Centre in the heart of London. The main conference takes place from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th March, with a total of eight concurrent tracks, including two on SQL Server, one on software architecture, and the rest devoted to a wide variety of key topics, giving any serious programmer a tempting choice of sessions to attend. A total of 17 pre-and post-conference workshops on Monday 23rd and Friday 27th March provide an opportunity to spend a whole day with an expert presenter, tackling a specific topic in considerable depth, and can be booked independently of the main conference.

A new addition at DevWeek this year is a dedicated ‘Microsoft Professional Developers’ Day’, which takes place on the Monday alongside the pre-conference workshops, and offers an opportunity to hear directly “from the horse’s mouth” about the next generation of technologies coming out of Redmond, some of which will have been unveiled at Microsoft’s PDC in Los Angeles at the end of October.

The main conference opens on the Tuesday with Aaron Skonnard’s keynote on ‘Cloud computing: a new era of software development’. The line-up of speakers is, as ever, impressive: Dave Wheeler on WPF, Silverlight 2 and Patterns, Richard Blewett on Windows Workflow, Dominick Baier on WCF, Tim Ewald on REST, Fritz Onion on AJAX, Kevlin Henney on architecture, Itzik Ben-Gan on SQL Server 2008, and Mike Taulty on Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. The full schedule is now available on the DevWeek web site, where booking has already opened.

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