So what was it like? A lot like the previous MS developer events, i.e. PDC, but a bunch of things stood out (in no particular order):
- MS and Apple presenters are pretty much equally good
- If MS presenters would send you to a blog or point you at MSDN, Apple presenters point you to ADC, the Leopard Early Start Kit, but above all else if you wanted a feature or particular bug fixed, File a bug report and email a presenter
- A piece of critical demo hardware always fails :)
- NDA, NDA, NDA!
- Apple doesn't do swag. Apple gave out an itenerary for the day. MS would have made sure you walked away with some glossy print material, a bunch of CDs, a plastic bag, even at a free event. You may have tossed that material in the trash almost immediately, before you even left the conference, but you know free stuff, even junk, makes you feel appreciated ;)
In short, no development technology I have seen in recent memory has me as excited as the Leopard stack.