Yesterday I came back from the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, CA. Although I would recommend this event to every SharePoint and .NET developer, I think Microsoft could have done a better job when choosing some of the session speakers. For example, I went to a session called “7 Habits of Highly Effective SharePoint developers” but the session had little to do with development and mostly was focused on SharePoint market research from Forrester.
On the positive note, I got to meet several developers from the SharePoint community worldwide and I was able to get a lot of answers to my project questions from Microsoft experts. I specially liked the “Ask The Experts” event on Wednesday night. This was a great opportunity to meet developers form the different SharePoint product teams (InfoPath, SharePoint Designer, SQL Server, Office 365, etc). Everyone had the opportunity to sit down and talk for as long as you wanted with a Microsoft resource.
I would say that the best part of any Microsoft conference is the networking. You can meet people form the worldwide SharePoint community and learn from their projects and ideas. Also, you can see the kind of issues that they are having with SharePoint which can help you in your future projects.
In summary, this was a good conference and I hope it is even better next year in Las Vegas, SPC12.