Thursday, June 27, 2013

A day at Microsoft Build 2013

This year’s build sport a whooping 6000 attendees and takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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Tuesday’s registration line.

Keynote

- Touch, touch, touch
- Rapid release, rapid release, rapid release
As you might suspect, the source of these sentences was Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer. Enthusiastic as ever he opened up this year’s Build conference focusing on the wide range of available devices all running windows, and the upcoming 8.1 release. As well as demo’s of some of the new features in Windows 8.1, Microsoft showcased the Preview release of Visual Studio 2013, new API’s for the Bing platform and Project Spark.

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For coverage of the event channel9 got you covered

I found the 1st day’s keynote interesting, and it feels like as a developer on the Microsoft platform, there’s a lot of good things up ahead.

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Demo of the upcoming 3D printer support in windows 8.1

Sessions

There’s a lot to pick from on the agenda, and I suspect the most crowded sessions today were the one’s focusing on the new features in 8.1 for app development. My day ended up having more of a Visual Studio & Azure focus, finishing of with a real mind bender session on developing Neural Networks.
Really looking forward to trying out some of the new features in VS 2013 – Easier code “navigation” with inline preview’s, profile specific settings connected to live account, easier async debugging and more. Another interesting session showed us how to utilize the existing load testing capabilities of Visual Studio Ultimate, and now with VS 2013 you can run your test agents in the cloud via Team Foundation Services. Seems like a great option when a large amount of test agents are needed temporarily.

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Load testing in the cloud.

As I mentioned, the last session of the day was a bit of mind bender. The title was “Developing Neural Networks Using Visual Studio” – I thought placing it in the 5pm – 6pm slot was a bit optimistic, but the speaker James McCaffrey was easily one of the best I’ve listened to. A very engaging talk on a super complex subject. I had no experience what so ever on the subject but it sure made me want to look into it further though.
All in all an awesome day here in San Francisco, tomorrows keynote will most likely focus heavily on Azure and it’s related services – Looking forward to it Smile