The last stop of .NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip was in Atlanta on May 7th – and now the roadtrip is officially over. The roadtrip took Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell, from DotNetRocks, all over the place; from Mountain View (CA) to Atlanta (GA). I got a chance to attend the Redlands event on April 22th, but did not have time to share a blog post until today.
The Redlands event took place at Esri with many attendees ranging from the Inland Empire and LA area, despite the unusual rainy SoCal weather! During the event Richard Campbell demoed interesting Web load testing capabilities of Visual Studio and Carl Franklin talked about Silverlight 4’s new features and multimedia. They also demonstrated the BING Silverlight 4 application, put together by the Microsoft Bing team, which tracked the DotNetMobile throughout the roadtrip in real-time. You should definitely check out the app features, which include Twitter and Flickr integration and lots more.
Their rockstar guest was Scott Stanfield, the founder and CEO of Vertigo Software, Inc., an award-winning design and development firm that uses the latest Microsoft technologies to redefine the user experience for the Web, mobile and multi-touch environments. Vertigo’s most recent projects include the Silverlight HD video player for NBC Sport’s Sunday Night Football Extra, Silverlight HD video player for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, HD Silverlight live streaming player for the Presidential Inaguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and the Hard Rock Memorobilia Silverlight Deep Zoom application. Scott Stanfield shared the story of how he started out his career, his company Vertigo and also his historical perspective around Visual Studio .NET. You can listen to the .NetRocks show #546 here.
You can check out the rest of my photos from the event on flickr.
A few personal notes on “Tech Celebrities”
When a friend asked us about the event and the event hosts, we tried to outline the .NetRocks podcast as a weekly talk show about Microsoft .NET technologies and Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell as some kind of “tech celebrities”. Our friend seemed pretty surprised… Actually, a while ago, I would have probably have had the same reaction. I would have stated in astonishment – “Celebrity geek? Wait a minute – there must be a mistake”. Well; I am happy that I had to change my mind after regularly attending tech events and user groups here in SoCal as well as MIX09 and MIX10!
So, now we are not just limited to the possibility of becoming tech celebrities in the tech world, we might even get official recognition from the Art scene and dream of giving the first “geek” Oscar acceptance speech?! Well, there is still lots of time until the 2011 Oscars; Hollywood here we come!
This all just sounds too dreamy; but isn’t imagination the first sparkle for any success? Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. (Henry David Thoreau).