Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Review: ArcReady 4/30

So this review is a little late (and a little short) but don't worry, I took notes :).

This was Brian Prince's first appearance at an ArcReady event as the Microsoft Architect Evangelist and well, he did a great job.  Personally I don't know how long he can call himself "the new Josh Holmes" because personally, I dug this presentation more than most of the ones Josh gave.  I could be biased though since this topic is one that directly relates to my job more than most have.


The title of the presentation was "Architecting for Scalable and Usable Web Applications" and was broken into two sessions, one on scalability and the other on usability.  The first session was definitely the better of the two in that it had more meat protein.  I would say that this is partially due to the fact that there are more concrete ways to tackle scalability than there are on usability design.  Usability is much more abstract, a "you know it when you see it" kind of thing.

Both sessions had many techniques to try and tools to use when tackling their respective issues.  Personally I learned a lot from both sessions, I will use many of the items in the future, no question.


Brian did a great job.  If you've never seen him speak, you are missing out.  He comes across as clearly knowledgeable yet humble, is free to admit when he doesn't know something, and is guaranteed to throw in some obscure Sci-Fi reference that most of us understand but wouldn't have been able to pull out on the spot.  He also has a way of speaking that keeps you engaged and learning, which for some tech talks is no minor feat.  In our area Brian is giving a talk on soft skills at Cleveland Day of .NET on May 17th, come see him, you'll be glad you did.

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