Don't Miss the Workshops at MIX09 + Register Now for Half Price
This is the most excited I've been about presenting at MIX in the three (nearly four) years I've done it. Don't get me wrong, MIX is a blast and, in spite of the long nights preceding, I've really loved presenting every year.
This year, though, I'm doing something a little different. I'm helping out with the pre-conference workshops (the "pre-cons" if you're old school). I'm signed up to do two.
Design Fundamentals for Developers
The first is Design Fundamentals for Developers. You, like me, have probably noticed a really intense interesting in design from the WPF/Silverlgiht (can we just say XAML?) community. At this point, we pretty much all agree that design matters, right? I think we've made it through that one. Now we need to start the meaningful discussions about how design works. So, you should come to this workshop if any of these apply:
You're interested in design but haven't had any formal exposure to it.
You would like a framework for evaluating and discussing design.
You secretly want to be a designer but don't know where to start.
You secretly want to a date a designer but don't know where to start.
I'm very excited about this session. It's the convergence of my passions (nerd+art). I'm so excited, in fact, that in conjunction with the session I'm writing a book for Sam's publishing about the same topic (more on that later, it deserves its own post).
Hiking Mt. Avalon
The other session, Hiking Mt. Avalon, is with Jaime Rodriguez. Frankly, it can be hard to get started with a new technology of any kind. Usually your first couple of projects are spent making and recovering from mistakes. Nothing can truly replace that process. It's the inevitable way to build your confidence with a technology. That said, our hope here is to speed it up, share whatever we can after having gone through much of that ourselves. This will be the "no right answers" session, just a lot of friendly advice and good ideas. Our hope, by the way, is to involve a handful of other old school WPF/Silverlight folks so that we get a diversity of opinions and a lot of cumulative hours of experience.
Sign up Now
So here's the thing about the workshops: they're an add-on. You have to opt-in to that extra day of conference. For me this is a no-brainer. It's probably an easier decision for me since I'll be presenting (very awkward if I don't show up), but it definitely makes sense for anyone. You've already paid to get there, convinced your boss to give you the time off, etc. The extra day is the most "hands on" of all of them. It may be the day where you'll get the most practical (as in "use it right now") content of the whole conference. Plus, getting there a day before everyone else makes you cool: you'll already know where the snacks are while everyone else is figuring out where to register. Sweet!
Seriously, Sign up Now
Here's the reason that you should really sign up now as in rightnow: For a limited time (not sure how limited, but probably not past January 15th since that's when the general price goes up) you get 40% off! The coupon code is on the site, but here it is just in case: MIXspecial1.
This should be a great event. One more thing: if you're coming to my design session, stay tuned because there will be a contest leading up to it that you'll want to hear about!