A Message From
Our Co-Chairs

Fall is a traditional back-to-school period, and a great time to learn about the latest Microsoft technologies. While saying goodbye to those lazy summer days may be tough, an autumn learning experience in the Southern California sun will help you transition just fine.

The reasons for keeping up are many. Start with cloud-based deployment, where you can move traditional workloads from Windows servers to virtual machines and PaaS solutions. Next are the changes for developers using just about any platform, including .NET and Java, where serverless and containers are becoming central to many solutions. Not to be left out, the client stack continues to surprise with native frameworks like Windows Forms and WPF getting new life; JavaScript frameworks continuing to impress with their power, and a dynamic, new world opening up with C#, Blazor, and WebAssembly.

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 Fall at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. You need to keep up with all the exciting changes in technology. 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 technologies with some of the finest expert speakers in the business – 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, Workshops, brilliant keynotes, Fast Focus sessions and more than 50 breakout sessions, covering a wide array of development technologies for everyone. From security to databases to the latest Web and mobile technologies, to microservices and DevOps, we’ve got you covered. Our speakers include industry luminaries & practitioners, as well as Microsoft product team members. They will present on machine learning & analytics, bots, and enterprise software solutions, based on their experience with Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile platforms.

We have picked every Workshop, Hands-On lab 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 technology world.

You’ll find coverage of .NET Core, C# 7 and 8, mobile development with Xamarin, container technologies, SQL Server, and Power BI. If the Web is more your style, you’ll find coverage of 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 collecting the right metrics. Mystified as to how you can bring DevOps to your organization? Our speakers will answer your questions with practical guidance on DevOps for the cloud, the data center and more.

Our Hands-On Labs provide coverage of ASP.NET Core 2 with EF Core 2, and of Azure DevOps. If that’s not what you’re after, we’ve got great Workshops on Modern Security Architecture for ASP.NET Core; Kubernetes on Azure; and Cross‐Platform C# Using .NET Core, Kubernetes, and WebAssembly. 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 its march toward the future. To keep up, you need to learn rapidly and adapt. When you compare 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, we’re sure you’ll agree with us that you can go deeper, more quickly and get to the heart of your questions more effectively. Find a way to get to Visual Studio Live! San Diego and get the tools to help yourself grow.

Come celebrate 26 years of great learning and make your own memories with us! We hope to see you there!

Visual Studio Live! Conference Co-Chairs

Andrew Brust, Founder & CEO, Blue Badge Insights
Rockford Lhotka, CTO, Magenic
Brian A. Randell, Partner, MCW Technologies