Microsoft Build is the ultimate conference for me. It’s a developer conference that focuses on Microsoft’s roadmap for the coming year. Every year after the keynote and first day of sessions I rush to a computer to try out what I’ve learned. It’s such a rush to, as everyone says, drink from the firehose. This year, however, was different.
The first day was about server technologies. Normally they save that for the second day. There’s some interesting advances in Cortana, and I think it might be fun to code up a skill for her. ASP.NET Core 2.0 is coming soon, but the major feature there, Razor Pages, is like a giant step into the past with Web Pages. Not really impressive. I’m working on rewriting my web sites using Core, but I’ll probably stick with ASP.NET Core 1.0 for them.
First I’d like to thank everyone that invited me to a party. I had a great time at all of the parties that I attended. There was a Windows Insider’s Party and I think that was the best one. It wasn’t crowded and everyone was friendly. There wasn’t a super star that everyone crowded around, except maybe Brandon LeBlanc. I didn’t get to meet him, but I also didn’t talk to Mary Jo Foley or Paul Thurrott at the Windows Weekly party.
Tuesday night when I first arrived I was invited to a Visual Studio Developer Day. It was like speed dating mixed with a job interview. It was scary and took a lot out of me. They sat us at a table then we’d have 20 minutes with a product team that would grill us on an aspect of Visual Studio. They were trying to learn as much as they could about customer usage of Visual Studio. After the 20 minutes were up they’d switch. This went on for a couple hours. Then they had some drinks and appetizers down in the lobby outside the Company Store where we were given vouchers to spend $200.
Build was a lot of fun. It wasn’t as exciting as previous years, but I am still glad that I had a chance to go. I’ll definitely go next year (given the opportunity).