Well I just made it back from MIX 11 and it was truly an amazing time. If you were unable to go, make sure you check out http://live.visitmix.com for links to all of the sessions and keynotes. I meet a ton of great people this week and got to reconnect with some old friends.
So where do I begin? Well, let’s start at the beginning:
Open Source Fest
This was the first Open Source Fest (http://live.visitmix.com/OpenSourceFest). It was held the night before the first full day of MIX. The event was put together and ran by John Papa (http://johnpapa.net) and spot lighted 52 open source projects in the community. I am not sure what John’s hopes for the evening were, but from mine (and other’s I talked to) point of view it had a much bigger turn out than I expected. Last I heard, there were over 500 people who showed up during the evening. For my part, I was showing the PivotViewer Lessons project on CodePlex (http://pivotviewerlessons.codeplex.com). I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was blown away with the interest in my little project. It was great to talk to so many people interested in the PivotViewer and I enjoyed all of our conversations. I have to give a special thanks to all of the Silverlight Team that stopped by that evening. It is just one more example of how much the Silverlight Team cares about the community.
If you came by and talked to me, I mentioned that there are going to be some big changes coming to the project. If you weren’t there, you will have to wait and see what’s coming. I can say that I am truly inspired now and can’t wait to get started with the new vision of the PivotViewer Lessons project.
It’s seems that the great HTML5/Silverlight debate is still going strong and made it’s way to MIX. For my part, I hope the arguing goes away soon. They are both great technologies and each has its own place in the dev community. So enough of that topic…
If you did not make it to MIX, then I would go check out the keynotes from day 1 and 2. We had some great news from IE to Orchard to WP7 to Kinect to (of course) Silverlight. Tons of great stuff to get caught up and read up about. Again, being a Silverlight guy, I was really excited to see the Silverlight 5 Beta being launched. It has a ton of great features and you can check it out here: http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/silverlight-5-beta
The party at the Marque was a great success. The DJ was great and everyone seemed to have a great time. Judging from the looks of a lot of people the next day, some of us had too much fun. I was able to spend the evening with some old and new friends (I’ll save the names to protect the guilty).
Channel 9 was broadcasting live again this year. It looked like only a few of the folks on the show got carried away. However, watching those shows were hilarious. I even had a friend of mine tell me he saw me in the audience once. Nothing better than to get a text telling you to stop shoving food in your mouth because you are on TV.
So basically MIX was, once again, an incredible conference. There is such a different vibe about this conference. The excitement level is unlike anything else I’ve seen. The hallway conversations are still the best part. If you haven’t been, I highly suggest you go. Congratulations to all of the MIX crew that put the conference together.
Please feel free to contact me if you want to follow up on any of the conversations that we started over the last week. I hope to see you all again next year!