Reading Vista Launch Geek Dinner

I meant to post this ages ago, but what a fantastic end to a superb day!

At Bar Revoution

We started out at bar Revolution (near the station and right next to the building works) where John Donnelley kindly bought everyone a drink.  We hung around until Zi arrived and then headed off to Pizza Express (behind St Mary’s).Phil Stears, Zi Makki & Jon Harris

I was sitting with Phil Stears from Drive Works, John Donnelley, Ben Hall, and Jon Harris & Clare Parr from DPE.  With a couple of guys from Kent University opposite me (including Darren Straight a Microsoft Student Partner) along with Tim Leung from VBUG it was a pretty good turn out! 

Phil Stears, John Donnelly & Ben Hall Thankfully the conversation was once again the usual intense discussion I’ve come to expect from the diverse but always passionate people who attend these events.  We covered a huge range of topics but the one that sticks in my mind the most was about Microsoft’s plans for Expression Blend (which I plan to blog about later)Someone, Darren Straight & Tim Leung it was great to get an insight on it from an Expression DPE.  The best thing about these dinners is that pretty much everyone is as interested in you as they are in them, it’s a novel change to be able to just sit back, relax and listen to what everyone else is talking about without worrying about people fighting to get heard.

Muchos thanks to Zi Makki as usual and don’t forget that there’s another one after WebDD, which I’m looking forward to very much!


ScottGu’s Blog : ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Released

Scott Guthrie has announced the release of ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 (formally known by the codename Atlas). 

Check out Scott’s blog (you can talk to him yourself if you are registered for WebDD) and also

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Reading Geek Dinners

Zi is organising two Geek Dinners, one following this Friday’s Vista/Office Launch and one after the WebDD conference on 3rd February.

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WebDD Conference

Registration is open for the first WebDD Conference at Microsoft in Reading.  Following on from the successes of DDD4, WebDD is targeted specifically at web developers and designers based in the UK and will have a hot line up of speakers including Scott Guthrie from Microsoft and Hiristo Deshev & Zhivko Dimitrov from Telerik.

So signup, if it’s anything like as good as DDD4 was, it’s going to be a blast.