Six Things I Love about TechEd

Yes, It’s approaching again. TechEd SEA 2007 will be held at Kuala Lumpur on September 10-13, 2007. Same with the previous year, I’ll be there again. Since my work schedules are so tight, I will miss the first day and attend from 11th onwards.

Attending TechEd is something I always waiting for every year. As a prominent and the largest Microsoft technical conferences in South East Asia, it provides a lot of break out sessions, hands on lab, instructor lab, good food, networking, and insights. What do I love about this event? Here are the summarize of my personal preferences:

First, is about the TechEd US 2007 DVD set. Conference attendees are eligible to purchase the DVD set at RM 108 only. It’s less than $25, far cheaper than the usual retail price at $195! This is a collection of all technical sessions (hundreds, yes I mention hundreds!), including the recorded video, powerpoint slide, and demo. Tons of hands on lab manual are inside, keep me updated for the latest hot technologies in the market. I guest it’s around 20 GB in size totally ;).


MS Press discount. Take a few breaks from the technical sessions and go to the exhibition hall. There will be a lot of MS partners and Microsoft booth offering product and services at a discounted price. Usually I jump directly to MS Press booth because they usually offer 20%-30% for the books. It’s a cheap and smart way to shop. Make sure to pick up the latest title about .NET 3.0, Longhorn, SharePoint, or Visual Studio. I hope I can find Dino Esposito’s writing on ASP.NET 2.0. It’s not really new topic, but worth to buy as it’s considered as a long lasting reference.

Hands on Lab and Instructor Led Labs. Get your hands dirty to play around with the latest technical lab. Pick any topics of your choice, sit down, and play with the keyboard. I want to try Performance Point 2007, and some latest ASP.NET topics such as Silverlight and Expression studio. A review about Windows Server 2008 and IIS would be good, as I’m an ASP.NET developer and always keep in touch with the web server. Another interesting sessions are Instructor Led Lab (ILL). There will be one or two instructors stand up in the front and give the guidance during the lab. Ed Quek promised to add more computers for ILL to adopt more attendees.

.NET University: this is a special ILL session. There will be instructors from Microsoft product group presenting about .NET 3.0 topics. Yes, it’s all about WPF, WCF, Workflow, and Cardspace! It’s a chance to interact directly with the people who really know the products, and even who wrote the codes! I’m sure I will be in this class, attend a Windows Workflow. I will also deliver the Workflow topics on September 12.

The food, yes sure don’t miss it. Any taste are served here: western, fusion, malay, or chinese. I really like the desert: unlimited ice cream, cake, and fresh fruit :). My favorite are grilled beef and satay.

Listen, see, practice, save time, learn more! As usual, we are to busy in the office. It’s very difficult to catch up with the new technologies. Attending break out sessions will refresh my brain. It’s better than reading and learning the material by myself. Save the time, learn more.

I have my own favorite tracks. As I’m a developer and mainly focus on ASP.NET, I will spend most of my time in Developer and Web UI track to learn about Silverlight, Ajax, .NET 3.0, LINQ, and everything about upcoming Visual Studio Orcas. Another session that really interesting are Darien Nagel’s on Windows Compute Cluster and Dr. Nitin’s talk on 20 Tips of Office System 2007. As a developer or networking guy, we are usually overlooked Office and just use it as a typing machine. I heard a lot of good comments about Dr. Nitin insights on how to work smarter and efficient with Office system in our machine.

TechEd registration still open until September 06, 2007. Hurry up and register.

Here are some pictures from my last year TechEd:



  4 comments for “Six Things I Love about TechEd

  1. September 3, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Hence, Dondy got seven things… One that you didn’t get so last year… became my room-mate at Chorus! Hahahaha..

  2. MCA
    September 5, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    hi Zikri,

    It was a lucky things not became your room-mate LOL

  3. September 12, 2007 at 2:46 AM

    Sayang CHIP gak diundang ngeliput TechEd. Bikin liputannya ya rul…buat di CHIP. Thanks

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