Another TechEd has come and gone. Looking back on the week I couldn’t imagine having a more successful week. My only regret is that I didn’t get to attend as many sessions as I would have liked. If this TechEd had one problem – it was that there was so much content that you couldn’t possibly take it all in during the week. Lecture and hands-on sessions, evening events like BOYB Portal Party and the Demo Jam, Birds of Feather, ASUG sessions, Influence Council meetings, SDN contributor meetings: there was somthing for eveyone.
If you are looking for pictures from from the event check out the Flickr sapteched tag as usual. Now I know that more people took pictures than already out there. If you don’t want to sign up for a Flickr account to upload pictures that you took from the event, you can email me your pictures and I will upload them under my Pro account.
On a personal note, I finally got to meet Craig, just one of many fellow SDN contributors that I had never had the opportunity to meet in person. Although we were both fairly busy and didn’t get nearly as much time to chat as eithor of would have liked, we still did manage to get a picture together. We had to squeeze it in quickly on Thursday afternoon. I think Mark would have been rather angry with us both had we not gotten the picture.
I have already written about two of the great evening events: the SAP TechEd 2005 Boston: Demo Jam and the SAP TechEd Boston: BOYB Portal Party. However the best part of the week came at the end. On Thrusday and Friday I got the opportunity to attend two 4 hour hands-on sessions about WebDynpro ABAP. After a long wait, WDA is finally ready to ship (it is just a matter of days till NetWeaver04S ships to Ramp-Up customers). These hands-on sessions no only gave a great introduction to the new tools, but also got fairly deeping into creating applicaitons.
So after being able to spend 8 hours with WDA and actaully writting some applications – what do I have to say: Wow. I had bit of an impression of what I throught WDA would be, but I have to say that the final product exceeds expectations. I can’t wait to begin exploring some of the more advanced features – ALV Grid, Select-Options, Value Help, extreme levels of personalization. All things that the community has wanted in BSP for years.
More exciting however was how fast I felt comfortable within the new tool. No doubt time spent developing Stateful BSP applications using MVC and HTMLB were an excellent way to get ready for WDA.