I've attended every MIX starting with the first one in 2006. Every
year, this has been the event I most look forward to. Not only do I
love the topics, but I know more folks here than just about any
conference. This is the conference that defines the xaml-dev
While the conference is evolving (size, content, community
contribution), I think it still retains a strong UX focus and
appeals to a different core audience than PDC and Tech Ed.
If you're a web developer, or work with Silverlight,
this is the conference you want to attend.
The big announcements at MIX this year were:
My Pre-MIX Videos
In preparation for MIX, I put out a few videos I had previously
If you haven't checked them out yet, please do. The videos are
all roughly 15 minutes or less.
MIX10 Trivia Application
Success! My MIX10 Silverlight-based trivia application was
shown before most of the sessions, and even made it into some of
the video recordings (check out Bill Buxton's talk for one example). I even
heard of folks in the audience groaning when the answer was cut off
to start the talk :)
Feedback on twitter was encouraging:
The last one let me know I need to extend the timeline for
reading answers :)
Thanks to all the folks inside and outside of Microsoft who
helped me out by submitting trivia questions and answers, and
thanks to Scott Hanselman for suggesting this as a first project
when I joined.
While at MIX, I recorded a whole pile of interview videos with
some really great folks. I'll have them all up on Channel 9 over
the coming weeks. Here's the full list:
- The Umbraco core team (at MIX) on Umbraco (ASP.NET)
- Cory Plotts on Snoop (WPF)
- Richard Costall on Manic Miner (Silverlight and Windows
- Alex Norcliffe and Pete Miller on MimeCloud and Umbraco (WPF,
- Josh Blake on his great Multi-touch / NUI demo from his MIX10
- Dave Campbell on what it takes to put out Silverlight Cream
just about every day of the week (Silverlight)
- Robert Kihm on Aptify on Windows and with Silverlight (Windows
- Barak Cohen and Josh St. Angelo on the Bing Toolbar running on
Silverlight on the Nokia phone (Silverlight)
- Alex Stoychev on a very cool website done entirely in
- David Kelley on a neat Silverlight + WPF Retail prototype
I also talked with a number of people off-camera, discussing
their upcoming products and projects. 2010 is going to be a great
time to be working in xaml-based UI :)
Kelps Leite interviewed me for a short video podcast for XamlCast. XamlCast
is a popular Silverlight/WPF/Phone etc. podcast in Brazil. I can't wait
to see it :)
"Favorite Thing at MIX" Videos
On the last day of MIX, I wandered around the Commons and
randomly put about 25 attendees on the spot with the rapid-fire
question: "Favorite thing at MIX?". I'll have those all edited
together and put up on Channel 9 soon. Thanks everyone for being
such a good sport :)
I went to a few fun evening events while up at MIX this year.
First, there was an invitation-only event run by a good friend. The
entertainment was excellent, featuring the Blues Brothers. Nice to
see old friends and meet new ones there.
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of being in the Umbraco dinner.
Excellent food, and finally got to meet some of the folks behind Umbraco CMS.
After the umbraco dinner, I met up with folks from the RIA
Services team, as well as some Silverlight/RIA insiders, up at the
enormous suite that an attendee was able to randomly upgrade to,
for zero additional cost.
I'm pretty sure that's the first time the huge TV in the media
room had PowerPoint and Visual Studio up on it. :)
It's always hard to pick favorite sessions, especially when you
haven't yet watched the full set, but here are a few of mine:
There are TONS of other good ones that I haven't yet watched.
I'll hit a few a week over the next weeks. From talking with
attendees, the client futures panel was interesting as was the
Let me know in the comments what your favorites were, and what
it was you liked about them
I love retro/geek t-shirts. My MIX attire this year? This year I
wore two custom and one stock. The first is a response to my
frustration with DIVs one weekend. The second is a C64-basic
code-correct shirt for this site, the third (stock) is just for my
friends who used to spend all their time playing M.U.L.E.
You can find the first two for sale in my zazzle store. I make
an incredible $1.50 or so on sales of shirts, so my get-rich-quick
scheme is probably going to need some modifications ;)
And yes, they're usually C64-related. After all, that's why they
hired me ;)
MIX this year was as great a conference as ever. It was awesome
to see everyone and watch how our new phone development platform
really energized the audience. Seeing the Windows Phone 7 emulator
running on most laptops in the commons tells me it won't be long
before the marketplace is full of great Silverlight and XNA for
Windows Phone applications.
See you next year!