PDC: Day 2 Update

Small update here from . There's the usual bling around the exhibitor booths that you expect at tradeshows... I think Altova wins the award for the "loudest" bling with a small logo pin containing a bunch of rapidly flashing LEDs. It should carry an epilepsy warning. Picts to come shortly.

On a cool note, I was a randomly selected for a free developer license of Telerik's r.a.d. controls suite -- I've never used them before but they look nifty. Thanks Telerik!

I attended an IIS7 session on creating custom core server modules -- to echo what Mike said awhile back, it looks like IIS7 is finally modularized enough to allow for some serious extensibility. The core has been completely componentized. HttpModules, Handlers, and App Pools were great in IIS6, but finally it's possible to develop some managed ISAPI extensions that can make handling some tasks (like authentication) a lot cleaner. This was my first look at it, and I'll excuse the fact that the demo tanked multiple times.

On a side note, I received this solicitation by e-mail but figured I'd pass it along:

Hi Brian,

I understand that you're covering activities surrounding PDC. On that note, I wanted to forward news issued today by Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announcing the launch of a developer contest.

The contest is aimed at encouraging innovation via the use AWS' product data and technology, along with Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 software. The contest runs today through December 31, 2005. The grand prize is valued at $5,000 (U.S.).

Detailed contest information can be found at http://www.amazon.com/aws.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best,
Melissa

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