I hope that Microsoft reviews the registration rules for the Build 2017 Conference.
2016 was the first in many years in which I was unable to register to the Build conference.
I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and here the Build 2016 registration site has gone alive by 9:01:30 h Seattle time. As it happened, the conference was sold out in 45 s, that is 45 seconds before I was able to even try to register. I have a 200 Mb/s fiber optical Internet connection just for my use and a very performant PC, so these were not factors in the delay.
I have completed the registration in about a minute, a feat by itself, but was put on a waiting list, to never be called back. My local peers were also unable to complete the registration before they were all sold out.
It is extremely unfair with those developers who, just like me, are not located in continental USA. I am deeply disheartened for not being able to attend the 2016 Build conference.
There should be a better way to manage this process so that everyone could have an equal opportunity for registering to the conference.
Eventually, a number of registrations should be reserved for non-USA residents, or there could a pre registration opportunity for us, or any other adequate mechanism could be implemented to guarantee a fair chance for everyone who are really interested in attending the Build conference.
I hope Microsoft takes a careful close look at this situation, or I will never be able to attend this conference again.
As I seasoned developer, I have used Enterprise Library for ever.
Your show was very interesting and clarifying with respect to the future of the P&P group.
I usually develop line of business applications for large multinational corporations. My main programming language has been C# for several years, but a good amount of Windows Services I have to develop are written in C++.
On the last Build Conference (I have attended all of them in recent years), I had the opportunity of suggesting to the Visual Studio C++ Team the development of an Enterprise Library DAB like library for C++. The rationale was that almost every single program requires database access in the enterprise world, and that accessing SQL Server from C++ is not an easy task. Lots of error prone lines of code must be written and debugged and, clearly, it should be much easier. There are some libraries in the market, but none of them has the Microsoft code quality, to which we are used.
The VS Team recommended me to submit a suggestion to the P&P Group. I did it, but, alas, I did not see any progress or even a single comment about it.
I still think this would be a nice addition to the P&P projects and that it would benefit lots of C++ developers. Now, after your show, in which you clarify that P&P is now part of the Azure group, I don't see it happening any time soon, even though it continues to look like a very good idea to me.
Would you please comment on these thoughts? What is your take on an Enterprise Library Data Access Block in C++?
And, if I may, I would like an information about the EL. As the last version of the EL was release in April 2013, is it now a dead project? Will Microsoft continue to develop new versions?
I understand that, nowadays, Microsoft recommends the Entity Framework for data access. As an old-timer, I like to design my databases directly, and to write all my optimized stored procedures. EF tends to make my programs run slower than they do when I use EL. Most of my peers tend to think the same way, a few of them use EF at all.
I would like to see an Azure Friday episode showing the details on how to convert a Windows XP WMWare Workstation virtual PC into an Azure Virtual Machine. I think your audience would like this information as much as I would.
However, it is too convoluted and is not specifically directed to WMWare Workstation. I do not have a Windows Server PC or any VMWare virtualization products (VSphere, etc...), just a WMWare Workstation license.
I have only one VMWare Workstation Windows XP virtual machine, which is required to support one client who insists in keeping XP, no matter what. Because of it, I have to keep a WMWare Workstation product license that I would very much like to abandon in favor of Azure, which is much much better.
Thanks for your superb show! It is short and direct to the point.
Alas, the .exe projects did not work in my case. I tried Notepad.exe, as you suggest, but all I get is assembly code, and a message saying the source code is not available. Does it require the Ultimate SKU, or should it work with the Professional SKU, which is my case?
My PC has Windows 8.1 update 1, 64 bits.
If I may suggest a topic for your show, I would like to see some discussion on how to efficiently access SQL Server (2012/2014) using C++ 11/14. All I have been able to do is use third-party libraries, which are not really reliable.
Thanks again for your superb show. And good luck Ale in your new endeavors.
@LarryLarsen: My English is quite OK. I leaved in the USA for some years, and I spend at least one month every year in California. I speak English daily with my clients in the USA and with some local English-speaking clients too. Everything I write professionally is in American English. My native tongue is Brazilian Portuguese, but I also speak French, Italian, Spanish, and some Japanese.
The problem is really his Australian English. However, I manage to understand it, only that it is somewhat hard sometimes to understand Andrew when he speaks very fast. Every now and then, I rewind the video for fully understanding him. Again, one does not want to miss anything he says, for it is always very interesting and useful. He is very knowledgeable and he is, for sure, the best one in his field.
Don't get me wrong, Andrew Richards is a true genius, but it somewhat hard to understand him sometimes.
I would like to kindly suggest that he spoke a little bit slower, to make it easy for us (whose mother language is not English) to always understand him. The informations he conveys are priceless and I cannot afford to misunderstand them.
Again, thanks for this superb show, that bring us very knowledgeable professionals as Andrew.
I would like to offer a suggestion for an episode: Enterprise Library 6.0 (EL) compared to Entity Framework (EF).
We use EL 6.0 in all our projects (VS 2012 / C# 5.0 / SQL Server 2012 / WinForm). We are under the impression that EF is an unnecessary layer that would cause costly delays during data access operations, and this has prevented us from considering it for data access in our projects.
But, watching this episode about EF 5.0 / 6.0 our eyes popped-out to the perspective of having lots of benefits we do not have using EL 6.0. On the other side, there is a learning curve to deal with besides the performance problem.