Long time no blog. :) One of the reasons I haven’t done it for so long is because I was very busy. Between October 11 and October 14, I was in Bulgaria for a conference, or better put for THE conference for developers, organized in Central and Eastern Europe. The conference name is DevReach. There were a lot of Internationally renowned speakers, Microsoft Regional Directors, MVPs, INETA Speakers, and some of them all those together;). The quality of the conference was very high, both content wise and organizational. The price, very affordable (100€ for 2 days, or 150€ for the VIP Pass), the venue hotel was a 5 stars hotel and the price per room is under 100€ per night, and if you buy the flight ticket in good time, then you get a cheap deal on that too, so the total price will not be more than 600€. And in Europe you won’t find a conference of such caliber at this price.
I asked some of the speakers why are they coming such a long way to this conference. The general answer was, because they are passionate about what they are doing, and they want to share that with the rest of the world. Most of the speakers have come to this conference since it started three years ago, and they intend to come as long as they will be invited. Another reason that was very popular, was because the organizers threat the speakers very well, and for that I can vouch personally. One thing I know for sure, is that next year I will be there, even if I will not be invited as speaker. Why? Just to met with those guys. In my next blog post I will include a link to some videos I took on this trip, as part of my show called “Five minutes with…”, and hosted by My good friend Alan Smith on his site CloudCasts.net
What does this have to do with Multi-core? Well, I was there to deliver two sessions, one called “Practical parallel programming with VS2010”, and one called “Patterns of parallel programming”. Both sessions were very popular, and generated a lot of discussions around the subject of parallel programming. I had discussions with some of the speakers as well, and they were very interested in this subject.
So what is next? First Öredev , where I plan to attend the Erlang programming day with Joe Armstrong, the creator of the language, and then the Meanwhile track on Friday. After that TechEd Europe, where I will deliver 6 sessions, one of them called “The Future of Parallel Programming”. After that PDC, for a preconference day about “Patterns of Parallel Programming”, of course, and after that MCC09 an workshop on Multi Core Computing. So I will be quite busy. Why all that trouble? Because Parallel Programming is as inevitable as object orientation was 15 years ago, so we need to act soon.