I went to Mix:UK last week and have waited a while to let my impressions gel. I find that live blogging this type of thing just makes you a part of the echo chamber.
A number things stick in my mind from Mix:UK
- ScottGu is a great presenter (slides); he’s super tech-savy, a great speaker and engages the audience brilliantly.
- WPF is an excellent development platform
- ASP.NET vNext is looking very crisp
- Silverlight 1.1 is cool but not ready
- The DLR is very cool but still not ready
- Expression Blend is ready and can produce epic results
- And last but not least: Software Transactional Memory
I must say that Software Transactional Memory (STM) is the thing that sticks in my mind. WPF was very cool, VS2008 had excellent new improvements and the sneak peeks (including a WPF MRI visualizer) were excellent but STM lingers in my mind.
STM has a great appeal because it is a truly revolutionary idea that cuts to the root of a problem. Just as the call stack revolutionised modern programing; I’m sure STM will be the first step into a new concurrent software revolution.