I've been to a few trade shows, but this is the first technical conference I've ever attended. I arrive Monday night, and I'm definitely looking forward to it. Particularly since the watershed release of VS.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 is literally right around the corner. And this is the magical third version of a Microsoft product -- heady times indeed!
In addition to the precipitous timing, this year's PDC is doubly sweet because Jim Allchin's Tuesday keynote will cover something we've been working on here at Vertigo!
I'm selecting sessions solely based on blogs I enjoy with no regard whatsoever for topic. I was surprised how few names in the session list I actually recognized; I guess I expected every presenter to be a blogger. But it does mean that I'll be seeing you, Panopticon Central, and you, Virtual PC Guy, and you, Mr. Performance Tidbits. And perhaps I'll cap it all off with the brothers Sells. I've also been told that The Microsoft Experience is not to be missed, so I'll be there too.
If anyone's looking for me at the PDC, just keep an eye out for a mildly overweight middle-aged white guy wearing glasses. I'll try to wear my .NET polo shirt so I really stand out.