Monthly Archives: June 2012

Last week for early bird discounts to St. Louis Days of .NET 2012

This is the last week to get the early bird $75 discount for St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 on Aug 2-4!!

This year’s conference will have:

  • A Microsoft keynote speaker discussing web technology and trends.
  • Great sessions by great speakers! Over half of the sessions to be presented on Aug 3rd and 4th have been posted to the site and you can expect another 30 sessions to be posted this week.
  • Although the MVC session has a waitlist, the other pre-compiler workshops on Aug 2nd still have spots available.
  • Network with your peers at our Thursday and Friday evening social events. There will be food, drink, music, gaming, magic, and more!
  • Open space sessions and a Lab in the Lounge where you can see what some of your peers are building and discuss in depth.

While there is still room now, this year’s attendance will be capped at 900, so don’t hesitate!

And remember, groups of 10 or more get an additional $25 off the ticket price.

Microsoft is Top Pick for ALM

Investigating the market for a new software product can be a daunting task. Sometimes it’s difficult to even uncover all of the players. There’s no shortage of rhetoric on each vendor’s web site, but how can today’s CTO get objective information about how a software package ranks against it’s peers in a given space? Every year, Gartner releases what they call a Magic Quadrant report evaluating various products in a given space.

This past week, Gartner released their analysis of products in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) arena. It is very exciting to see us in the top spot as a thought leader and for our ability to execute. If you are interested in ALM, you can read through an entire reprint of the report here. There’s plenty of new competitors listed and some of the existing competitors have shifted quite a bit.

And this comes prior to the release of Team Foundation Server 2012! I suppose with all of the new features in 2012, they could just add another square to the upper-right. It’s beyond awesome! It’s be-awesome!

St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 First Round of Sessions

Every year a few people ask to see the sessions before they register for the event.

Here’s our first round of 18 selected sessions. There are many more to come of course, but I thought this would be a decent representative sample. (Surprise! They are all .NET developer-related sessions!)

Registration has been spiking recently so be sure to register before the best developer conference in the Midwest sells out!