Wednesday, May 09, 2007

some MIX wrap-up

MIX 2007 has come and gone and in its wake left hundreds of hours (well, maybe closer to 70 hours) of online video of keynotes, breakout sessions, and panel discussions. If you still have yet to see the impressive library of fresh content, check out the official sessions page to download videos in your format of choice. With almost 2-weeks worth of video, though, I thought I'd give you some recommendations so you have a good place to start.

If you're looking for general overviews of the "big" announcements made at MIX (and some flashy demos), I'd definitely recommend the keynotes. I watched both keynotes live and found them each uniquely interesting. Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie's keynote is for the more technically oriented and Robbie Bach's is more generally geared at the creative/marketing type. If you like both fields (like me) don't miss either keynote.

For those looking to really dig deeper into Silverlight, I'd highly recommend Jamie Cool and Nick Kramer's "Building Silverlight Applications using .NET" (part 1 and part 2). They share some very interesting information about Silverlight and do a good job showing a simple Silverlight demo (unlike the flashy demos trotted around the keynotes). I'll be doing a full summary post (along with a gallery of images and slides from this session) very soon. Stay tuned.

Some of the MIX speakers are much more engaging and easier to follow than others, but all of the presentations are packed with valuable information. These recommendations should give you about 6.5 hours worth of viewing material and if I find other "gems" I'll be sure to let you know. Share your favorite picks in the comments.