Microsoft Professional Developers Conference Impressions
San Diego, Sep 1997
David N. Blank-Edelman
CCS Director of Technology

In the minutes right before the conference proper began, the A/V personnel decided to play a song from the Talking Heads Little Creatures album as background music. With sweet irony, the 6200 people at the conference heard David Byrne sing "We're on a road to nowhere...Come on along..." as their segue into this gathering. It really couldn't have been better.

I've brought back a CD full of the slides from the presentations from this conference, so I won't dwell too much on any individual talk. Here is a mostly random collection of some of the more salient impressions from my trip:

All in all, it was an excellent conference. It was especially useful for allowing me to understand the course of the Battleship Microsoft for the next year and how it intersects ours.

References:

I was asked to by several people to offer some references to the material I've discussed in this and previous reports. Here's some good stuff on the topics:

NT5

http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/info/nt5.htm - major distribution point for information

http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/info/nt5_pdcwp.htm - whitepapers galore!

http://www.winmag.com/windowsnt - Windows magazine NT5 site

DNA

http://www.microsoft.com/sitebuilder/dna - DNA home page

Com+

http://www.microsoft.com/com - com (and com+) information, be sure to check out the Technologies link

NT Management Tools (MMC, Zero Admin Initiative, etc.)

http://www.microsoft.com/management

Good PDC Presentations

http://www.microsoft.com/events/documents/shows/pdc/JimA.ppt - NT5 and DNA

http://www.microsoft.com/events/documents/shows/pdc/DaveV.ppt - ties the whole kaboodle together