TechEd 2009 – Monday

The first day of TechEd is over and, as usual, I feel like I’ve stood under an information waterfall. The first session of the day that I attended was a Sharepoint session giving an overview of Sharepoint 2007 and the roadmap to 2010. Actually, in all honesty it was more an overview of Sharepoint 20047 and very, very little on 2010. Probably because 2010 is still in development and most of the details may not be publically released.

There were a few useful take-aways from that session.

* There’s a Sharepoint best practice guide available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/bb736746.aspx
* There’s a community kit add-on for document libraries that adds ratings and download counts.
* Only Sharepoint 2007 SP2 will be able to upgrade to 2010. There’s an upgrade advisor check in SP2
* Sharepoint 2010 is 64 bit only and is expected first half of 2010
* Some 2010 features: context sensitive Ribbon bar, direct edit in the web parts, easy way to change and upload images, out of box Silverlight webpart

I spent most of the rest of the morning sitting in the community lounge and taking part in the TechEd Online interviews.

After lunch I went to a session on Tips and tricks of Entity Framework.

Some of the things covered there were on the usage of foreign keys within entity Framework and how to get and set foreign key values without retrieving the whole related object. The presenter also showed how to get the exact SQL statement that that the Entity Framework will execute and how to generate alternate queries and how to do granular exception handling fpor when the call to SaveChanges throws an error

Monday ended with a session that I presented on Query Hints and Plan guides. I understand from a couple people that attended that perhaps the reason for chosing to use hints wasn’t clear so, for anyone reading the blog, I’ll make sure I do a couple blog posts covering that, maybe next week.

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