3 seminars in 6 days
I am probably devoting too much of my time goining to seminars. But, you know, I think it's worth it. And those 3 were pretty useful. Let's give a brief summary for each of them:
The first event was organized by Microsoft and held in Sofia Univeristy last Sunday. The speakers were good. I liked very much the lectures about Microsoft Solution Framework and SharePoint, since I didn't know much about them. There was also much talk about Service Oriented Architecture and Web Services. I think I got the point, but I don't want to get any deeper in these areas right now. There was a lecture about an interesting project, called FABRIQ, which purpose resembles some of the features of the Microsoft project Indigo, that is coming soon. A very intruguing solution for some enterprose projects.
The next seminar was again a Microsoft one, but more official. It was held on Tuesday at the Inter Expo Centre. Microsoft invited representatives of their ISV Bulgarian partners. There were just 4 lectures, mostly about enetreprise solutions. Again SOA, Web Services, connected systems, blah-blah. The thing I liked the best was to get acquainted with BizTalk, not widely known, but a very interesting product. One develops a BizTalk solution entirely in VS.NET 2003 IDE. There is an administrative panel to use when the project is deployed, so the sysadmins can monitor, stop, resume some processes and customize them a bit. I can talk now much about it, but better, go check it yourself.
The last event this week was held yesterday in the Sofia University. It was about "Writing quality maintainable code". This is a very important topic, so I went there after work. In fact, I did not learn many new things, but it is good to be reminded about the best practices, that one sometimes forgets about. The lecturers knew what they were talking about and did a pretty good job. Well, the presentations took double the time that they had estimated, but let's be forgiving ;) Good job, keep them comming...