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Thanks to Microsoft and Xeed, I’m heading to the MIX10 conference which is running March 15th-17th.

I’m a little concerned by something though: everyone who I’ve told I’m in Las Vegas for a whole week has reacted with horror, sympathy and commiserations. A few days is fine, apparently – because you come home to recover. A whole week? Not so much apparently. Great! I’m there from the 12th till the 20th because actually, thanks to lastminute.com, I got a direct flight and a cheaper package than if I was only going for a few days. Now I’m starting to wonder if it would have been better to go for less time and pay to come home and sleep…

Anyways, on to MIX. One reason I’m looking forward to it (and maybe one reason why Microsoft have invited me) is I’ve already been working on a Silverlight UI for media services as part of the MimeCloud project Pete and I have set up. I’m looking at some exciting ways of getting that into a handy package on a mobile device for reporters and journalists in the field, having made a bet that Silverlight would be on WPS7. I’ll also be playing a role in giving people an introduction to Umbraco CMS, at both the free pre-party dinner and at almost every other thinkable opportunity.

Here’s some of the sessions amongst many that grab my attention, give me a shout if you’re going to be there!

SILVERLIGHT PERFORMANCE ON WINDOWS PHONE

BUILDING LARGE-SCALE, DATA-CENTRIC APPLICATIONS WITH SILVERLIGHT

CONNECTING YOUR APPLICATIONS IN THE CLOUD WITH WINDOWS AZURE APPFABRIC

THE HAAHA SHOW: MICROSOFT ASP.NET MVC SECURITY WITH HAACK AND HANSELMAN

WHAT’S NEW IN MICROSOFT ASP.NET MVC 2

BUILDING AND DEPLOYING WINDOWS AZURE-BASED APPLICATIONS WITH MICROSOFT VISUAL STUDIO 2010


p.s. I forgot to say – my good friend, ex colleague and MimeCloud partner Pete Miller is going too so come find us if you’re interested in our open-source digital asset manager :)