# Tuesday, 05 June 2007

More goodness today.  One of my favorites today was a presentation on the new features for building Smart Client applications with "Orcas".  Smart Clients hold a special place in my heart, so I'm glad to see them investing in better support.  Very cool stuff, including the new "SQL Compact Edition" which can run in-proc to your client app, and better still a new "sync provider" that allows you to write your smart client against the local "Compact Edition" database, then do a two way sync with a full SQL database, which provides a super-easy way to deal with offline use of your client app.  Also in Orcas, you'll be able to host WPF in WinForms and vice versa, which makes it easy to both extend and leverage existing applications.

Other highlights from the day include SQL 2008 support for "non-relational" data like files, spatial data, full text documents, etc.  They've really gone out of their way to make it easy to integrate all your data into SQL Server.

One big thing I'm taking way this year is Microsoft's continued commitment to responding to customer input.  In several arenas (SQL, Orcas, ADFS, etc) over and over I keep hearing "you said it was too hard, or not feature rich enough, so we fixed it".  It's really encouraging to see the extent to which real world customer input is having a direct impact on feature direction. 

Both of my BOF sessions went well.  The lunchtime session on NDepend was well attended, and sparked some interesting discussions.  This evening's session on ADAM and AzMan provoked some interesting responses.  One that surprised me was an assertion that MS must not intend to support AzMan because it doesn't get a managed interface in Longhorn Server.  I'm pretty sure I disagree with that statement, since there has been quite a bit of investment in the Longhorn (sorry Server 2008) version of AzMan, but I think it's illustrative of MS's lack of advertisement around AzMan.  It's a great feature, but it goes largely under-represented, so nobody takes it seriously.

Anyhow, busy day, once more into the breach tomorrow...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2007 22:31:03 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Hi Patrick,

Glad I got a chance to meet you and sorry I didn't stay. I had another commitment. I hope a deserving person got the book. I wish I'd had more.

For any of the attendees who might be struggling with the AD or ADAM LDAP programming in .NET, besides the book, the book's website is a useful resource for developers (http://www.directoryprogramming.net). We include code downloads and a pretty active user forum among other things.

I'd happily set up an AzMan forum if someone would agree to answer questions. Ryan and I don't really know it (at all) and I'd hate to set up a forum where I didn't have any idea where the answers were coming from.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 08:55:28 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Joe,

it was good to meet you too, and thanks again for donating the book. In the end, it went to the guy that begged the hardest. :) His manager told him he had like two weeks to learn everything, and he needed a leg up, so the crowd took pity on him.
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