Conference Chair Letter

When the summer ends and autumn rolls around, it’s time to get back to work, full tilt. And in an industry as ever-changing as ours, that re-entry can feel abrupt. Attending a conference covering all these changes can be a great way to take charge of the challenge. And when that conference is Visual Studio Live! in its 25th year, that’s all the more to do so.

We’re Andrew Brust, Rockford Lhotka, and Brian Randell, and as Conference Co-Chairs for Visual Studio Live! San Diego, we’d like to personally invite you to join us this October at the Hilton San Diego Resort in San Diego, CA. With 2018 in full swing, Microsoft and the rest of the technology world will continue to push the new with the old. As veterans of the show and longtime speakers, we may be biased, but we firmly believe that an in-person experience, where you get to have two-way conversations about the latest tools and technology, with some of the finest expert speakers in the business—and with the chance to network with your peers—continues to deliver the highest level of value.

Visual Studio Live! San Diego gives you more of what you’ve asked for: pre-conference hands-on-labs, pre-conference workshops, keynotes and more than 50 conference breakout sessions, covering a wide array of development technologies for everyone. From security to databases to the latest Web and mobile technologies, we’ve got you covered. Our speakers will present on machine learning, bots, and enterprise software solutions in-depth, with experience on Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile platforms.

We have picked every workshop and session with the goal of transferring knowledge to you, so you can be a better developer and help your organization succeed in this ever-changing world.

You’ll find coverage on Microsoft Visual Studio Code, .NET Core, C# 7, container technologies and Power BI. If the Web is more your style, you’ll find coverage of JavaScript, TypeScript and Angular on the client as well as ASP.NET Core on the server. Feeling confused about .NET Core? We’ve got sessions to clear it up. Want to improve the quality of your software? We’ve got sessions on unit testing and continuous deployment. Mystified as to how you can bring DevOps to your organization? Our speakers will answer your questions with practical guidance on DevOps for security, the cloud, databases and more.

Our hands-on-labs content provides coverage of Xamarin + Azure Mobile Apps, and a full day on DevOps too. If that’s not what you’re after, we’ve got great workshops on Modern Security Architecture for ASP.NET Core; SQL Server for Developers; and Distributed Cross-Platform Application Architecture. Our sessions, hands-on-labs and workshops drill deep into the subjects you need to master and the fundamentals that are always important.

Our industry continues the march toward the future. To keep up, you need to absorb rapidly and adapt. Go beyond Internet-based content to a live experience, where you get to ask questions in real-time and engage directly with the experts and your peers. Find a way to get to Visual Studio Live! San Diego and get the tools to help yourself grow.

Come celebrate 25 years of great learning and make your own memories with us! We hope to see you there!

Andrew Brust
Founder & CEO, Blue Badge Insights

Rockford Lhotka
CTO, Magenic

Brian A. Randell
Partner, MCW Technologies

Visual Studio Live! Conference Co-Chairs