Sorry for the late post, I wanted to post this earlier but then a lot happened (getting sick didn’t help and a trip to Kansas City where I am typing this from).
Last Wednesday I flew to London City airport to speak at the first conference of the year: NDC London. The Norwegian Developer Conference started in Oslo but quickly expanded to other locations. I spoke at NDC a few times but I had not been able to speak there for a while. I was happy that the organizers and I could agree on a topic that drew a respectable crowd of nice people coming to hear me talk about A World of Devices. All the documents are here!
This talk is a little different than my usual talks. No code! but a lot of anecdotes from my past as a (huge) geek, who tried most devices that attracted my attention for the past 20+ years. For me it all started when I got a Casio device in which I could store my contacts and calendar information. There was little to no connectivity (this was before I even went online). Then I seriously considered purchasing a Newton! I even went to the store to see it and really hesitated. I loved the handwriting recognition. I really wanted one but I just couldn’t pay for it, no way. Later, my dream came true: I bought a Palm Professional. This was the second generation of Palm devices. I had to order it specially from a US website (in the mean time I had gotten internet access at work and then at home). I can’t say how much I loved this device and the many Palm devices I bought after that. I became super proficient in Graffiti handwriting, so much so that even started writing this way on paper (the Ts were particularly funny).
There are a lot of anecdotes from these pioneer times (like my first mobile internet connection, which I got from my Palm to a Siemens mobile phone through the Infrared port and then to the mobile network. It took ages to negotiate the handshakes and of course typically as soon as you were connected something happened and the IR connection would get cut, for example a bump in the railroad or something similar).
I drew on this experience and all the other amazing devices I either used or coded for (or both) to prepare what I think is an informative and interesting session with a lot of demos: Cortana; Inter-device communication (Microsoft Band connecting through Bluetooth to a PC and controlling a 3D scene thanks to the Accelerometer sensor); Windows Continuum; and of course Microsoft HoloLens.
Thanks to everyone who came by, I really appreciated your presence. Thanks also to everyone who came later to speak to me regarding MVVM Light, WPF, Silverlight, Xamarin or any other topic. It’s always such a pleasure to connect with people all around the world and have interesting discussions.
As always, I created a page on my website for this presentation. There you will find the slides, the link to the Her trailer video as well as the GitHub repo for the Microsoft Band sample.
Happy coding and happy 2017!