Michael Paladino and I went down to the Dallas TechFest. We had a really good time. Like always we talked about technology all the way down and back. It was exactly 666 miles round trip. With the cost of gas at about $3.50 and my car getting 30 MPG, our gas cost was about $75 and hotel was about $50. Not too bad for a trip to Dallas in 24 hours.
One of the neat things about the TechFest was meeting the guys at .Net Rocks. I got to talk to Carl for about five minutes during sessions breaks. Really neat to put a voice to a face.
One of the other things that I saw, was the difference between the Java and .Net communities. We had both groups at the TechFest. At one point during the conference, everybody was standing in front of Microsoft's booths and nobody in front of Sun's booth. Not sure why it was, but it was just amazing to see how the Microsoft community has grown.
The session I liked the most was on Instant Web Applications with ASP.NET Dynamic Data by Jason Kergosien. ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a scaffolding framework used to build data driven web applications. The biggest question that I have, is how does this work with Behavior Driven Design? I hope to ask this question in Austin when I go to the Austin Code Camp in a couple weeks.
Lastly when taking a road trip like this, it allows you to eat at some place new. We chose to eat at Big Foot BBQ in Caney, Oklahoma. They had really good baked beans.