It’s the evening before the official start of the Microsoft’s annual IT conference, TechEd. In 2009 we find ourselves in sunny, yet cool, Los Angeles. I couldn’t be happier with the weather and the hotel, but so far the conference sucks.
Why—or, more appropriately, how can I say it sucks when the conference hasn’t begun? Easy, go to msteched.com and attempt to build a schedule. Well, you have to be signed in with Windows Live and a registered attendee I believe, but if you could and did you would quickly discover a rather pathetic fail on the part of the conference planners. The session builder is garbage. You’ll spend the majority time watching this animation, since they’ve not seemed to master the partial page update without updating the entire 670K+ page weight. Seriously, I’d rather look at the source and see and XML Data Island than wait for the entire page to reload every time I updated my schedule.
Aesthetically, it isn’t bad, the site I mean, but the session builder is garbage. The session builder for Web 2.0 Expo at least displayed all the tracks and timeslots in a calendar-like fashion, so you could make your decision by sight and rather quickly.
But, you know, if the content is there, if the sessions are just awesome, who cares about some clunky, hacked-together conference website? Don’t judge a book by its cover, right? So, what are my options for tomorrow’s 11am timeslot? Well, the first keynote is this one.
Seriously, I’m not making this up. I came to Los Angeles for this?