I think this will be my last Tech Ed as an attendee. I’m growing a bit impatient with the content available. Please understand, that I consider myself a bit of an ‘alpha geek’ who follows MSDN, Channel 9, and many of the Microsoft bloggers on a daily basis. Hence my problem:
Why should I spend my time at Tech Ed in developer content sessions that I have already seen online? Additionally, the number of developer focused sessions at Tech Ed North America 2012 this year is significantly smaller than the number of IT focused sessions. I am embarrassed by how little Asp.Net developer content and Windows 8 content is available.
If Microsoft REALLY wants to push the app store model, why aren’t they training us to deliver that content at the HUB of their training year? On the TechEd website, when I search the session catalog by product there are ZERO sessions on Windows 8!
Don’t get me wrong, I love Tech Ed as a show for junior to mid-level developers to learn a LOT at. It is an absolute blast to meet and talk with all of these technologists that I have tweeted with over the past few years. That interaction is INVALUABLE. More than anything else, getting some face time with people like David Starr, Peter Provost, Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin have absolutely made my visit to Tech Ed a pleasure and valuable experience.
I just think that I may have outgrown the content at the show, and my talents would be more effectively used in presenting some more topical content or assisting in hands-on-labs when I return to this conference.