Dutch DevDays 2005

I’m looking at the sessions that are being held at the Dutch Microsoft DevDays in Den Haag. Noticable is that development processes get extra attention this year. I think this is very good, because a lot of people don’t use these and are even unaware of their existence. Some might already use some form of them, but not know they do.


This year there are two preconference tracks. One is about Team System, which I’m very interested about. The other is on SQL-Server 2005, ofcourse specially for developers.


One architecture track is about Software Factories, maybe the next hype. Avanade is doing this presentation and they hopefully bring some DSL into the presentation. Avanade is also presenting the new Enterprise Library which should be released this month. Microsoft is having a presentation about WhiteHorse. Most of the time, presentations won’t dive very deep into the subject, so I think the last two presentation are only interesting if you’re new to app blocks or whitehorse.


On the technology tracks, ASP.NET 2.0 is explained, an Indigo update is presented by Microsoft and VC++ 2005 is presented by Info Support. Again, the first two presentations won’t probably dive deep into the subject and if you’re interested in those subjects, you should already have seen enough of those. VC++ is probably only interesting if you’re into C++. Also Webservices in 2.0 is presented by Alex Thissen of Twice, but no description was available yet.


In the tools track, InfoPath is explained, but in the server tracks, there’s a BizTalk & InfoPath presentation also, where a full blown demo is presented. So you’d probably have to figure out which suits you best. Another interesting presentation is the Test Driven Development one by Info Support.
Also in the server track, a SQL-Server 2005 BI & Reporting Services is presented, the service broker of SQL2005 where asynchronity in T-SQL is shown, and SQL2005 and CLR Deployment is explained through Team System and best practices.


For some tracks no description is available yet.
On this page a full overview is available.


My choice would probably be:



  • No choice yet for first presentation, awaiting other descriptions.

  • Software Factories (D2)

  • BizTalk & Monitoring (C3) or EntLib (D3)

  • Test Driven Development (B4)

But of course I might not be going, that entirely depends on our management, so Mark… 🙂

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8 Responses

  1. Mario Roovers says:

    It’s very difficult to choose because there are a lot of good subject. I think i would probably choose:

    – VS Teamssytem – walkthrough (pre-conference)

    – Getting personal with ASP.NET 2.0

    – Software factories

    – Enterprise applications with EntLib

    – Test Driven development

    But of course i also might not be going, it also depends on Mark.

  2. Dennis van der Stelt says:

    Dutch devdays are so useless… They charge you over 100 euros for 2 days of marketing blabla about tools which will be released late in 2005!. Well, I don’t know about you but PAYING money to listen to marketing goo is the other way around. If Microsoft wants to sell some propaganda about upcoming goods, don’t ask a fee at the door.

    Needless to say, I won’t go 🙂

  3. Hmm. my name isn’t present in previous comment.. arrgggg saucereader.. #)(*$&#@(*$&@()

  4. Hey Dennis.. You will probably find my there too 🙂

    My collegue Marcel will do the VSTS pre-talk. If you haven’t seen anything from VSTS then be amazed.

    You can probably find me at the D track.

    So Dennis.. lets meet again. Too long ago that we have spoken each other in person.

  5. @Frans: I know the feeling. I’ve been to TechED and it is more of the same. But still.. just go to the topics that you are not familiar with. It isn’t only the marketing blabla.. It is also networking and sharing toughts with other attending people.

    Just like a demo party…. It is much cooler to talk to people then watching the demos 🙂

  6. About the money, my boss pays for it Frans, so no worries there. And my boss pays those tickets anyway, so it would be kind of crazy if I decided not to go because it is a waste of money.

    And you also went to the TechED, same shit, only bigger. TechED they can go much deeper into the subject, because of the length of the presentations. And as Exyll says, if you’re not familiar with some of the topics, it’s nice to visit a presentation. Same reason why I like watching webcasts, because sometimes they explain more with images, then with a 1000 words. And most webcasts I scroll through to skip the boring parts! 🙂

    And for example TDD I wanted to read a book on, but if I can get a presentation of it at DevDays, I’ll know if I want to read more on the subject.

    And chatting is cool as well. More collegues will go, and if I’m going, I’ll meet Exyll again! 😉

  7. Go for EntLib!!! 🙂 And it’s more or less confirmed that it will be released to MSDN on the 28th this month.

  8. – Visual Studio Team System – A complete walkthrough

    – Integrating the Enterprise

    – Software Factories, although I also wnna go to the Indigo update session

    – Enterprise applications with EntLib

    – Test Driven Development met VS 2005

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