Having just completed the three day conference in Chicago I felt the urge to write about the event. Fun is most certainly a word I would use! It’s a real blast. That’s not to take away from the information exchange, education and general idea stimulation that occurred not only during the conference times but throughout the informal evening receptions, which always stimulate great debate.
This year’s agenda is a mix of technical presentations and self-paced tutorials – a total of sixteen brand new tutorials to test and tax your brain and to expand your knowledge of just what Synergy can do today! Although all the tutorials use Visual studio or Workbench as the development environment, many of them introduce capabilities which are cross platform, as you would expect with Synergy! And the presentations themselves cover many subjects including the upcoming Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft – will your software be ready?
Tuesday starts the conference with a detailed review of everything Synergy – and I bet there are quite a few enhancements and new features you never knew existed. Then we move into unchartered territory for the Professional Services Group – Open Source. We will show you two great new Open Source projects that we have created, and invite you to join the community and collaborate together to build some great tools and frameworks. So come and join the orchestra and help us all to take full advantage of Synergy and Synergy .NET. And that’s not all, we’ll have you all hooked up by lunch!
Wednesday kicks off with the development team presenting future thoughts and Synergy opportunities. And of course their unique take on the issues that will affect you – even before you’ve thought of them! Watch out for the pesky new disk drives, they will hurt you if you are not ready! And what do you store on a disk drive – data of course. Wednesday is data day so you can be as selective as you like with the information you receive, but be sure to update those brain cells you’ll need to remember it all.
Thursday starts with the Synergy brain strain – pitching your knowledge and skills against my grey matter manipulating questions. We’ll blow away those early morning cobwebs ready for the final day of presentations and tutorials. Hold onto your input windows as we show you how utilize Synergy .NET and tweak your UI toolkit programs. And we’ll get all %NM$N%REFrrF$%£GRT&FSD£$FSD– that’s encrypted so you’ll need to attend the presentation to know what I said. Get ready to jump on the metro and take a tour of the Windows 8 OS – you’ll be amazed, but is it right for your customers?
Throughout the conference the sessions are informative and thought provoking. Being described by one customer as a cross between Monty Python and Austin Powers one wonders how educational the event really was – but I was assured they’d learnt a whole lot of new things about Synergy and our amazing Synergy .NET environment.
And so the DevPartner 2012 conference hits the road and will be rolling up to York, England, on the 12th June. Do you think you have the knowledge to take on the Thursday morning Synergy brain strain quiz? You’ll only know by signing up and being there. There really is just too much information and opportunity to miss and I hope to see you there!