Hanselman hits a home run

I just finished watching Hanselman’s PDC 2008 session. I have always loved watching Scott, but he has refined his presentation with Baby Smash.
I have read Andy Stanley’s (pastor of Northpoint Church, son of Charles Stanley) book on speaking. Find one thing. It is a good model on keeping focus. Scott trashes the idea. But, he follows what is probably the more important idea … find something you have passion about. I have watched other PDC videos with deeper content and tried to stay awake. They were hard to remember things (lots of notes). This was not that session.
Scott is passionate about his kids. So mixing them with a session on new technology is brilliant. Scott, you need to give this guy a raise! This passion is translated into an application that, on the surface, is rather inane. But what a talk. Here is is:
In hte session, Scott deals with all of these topics:
  • .NET 4.0
  • Surface programming
  • Silverlight for Mobile
  • Twitter – a Microsoft fave (btw, I am gbworld on twitter – make it easy)
  • WPF
  • Astoria
  • Entity Framework
  • POCO (for Java guys, think POJO)
  • REST
  • WCF
  • Silverlight charts

And more. And, even if you are not a true geek, there is some goodness to love here. Wish I was actually there live.

Peace and Grace,


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