Thursday, May 16, 2019
Build is the official Microsoft developer conference and a huge spectacle with thousands of visitors from all over the world. byte5’s seniors devs, Marcel and Dennis, were there. They used their event budget for the trip, which byte5 grants every employee. In the interview, Dennis tells us about his time in Seattle.
They differ mainly in size and in scope. With over 10,000 visitors and at most times twelve parallel sessions, that’s a different scope we’re talking about in comparison to other conferences I have attended. It’s impressive, to say the least.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage - © byte5
Across the board, all sessions had such a high quality. I gathered lots of new information, tips and tricks. Much of which I will certainly be able to apply in my day job!
I found the Blazor session interesting. Before Build, I had always kind of dismissed it as a gimmick. But after the session, I definitely think the technology has potential. Especially for us at byte5, since we have a lot of developers who mainly come from the .NET field.
Marcel and myself in front of the Space Needle - © byte5
I’ve been interested in AI and machine learning for a long time. So far, however, I’ve hardly had any points of contact with it. At Build, I’ve listened to a few beginner-friendly sessions on the topic. It’s a pretty strange world to me, but I’ve decided to stay there and play around a bit, so to speak. Azure in particular offers many services that make getting started with these topics really easy.
Hard to say. For me, the entire trip to Seattle and the conference itself was actually a pretty cool experience! Perhaps my biggest highlight was the closing event, for which Microsoft had rented the entire Seattle Seahawks stadium – along with the food court.