Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Bookvar at DevReach, .NET Rocks! and Tim Huckaby Wowed

Today we (Bookvar Team - including Dido, Jordan and me, Ivo was unable to come) attended DevReach.

DevReach

DevReach is an annual conference about Microsoft technologies. Actually it is the biggest event of this kind on Balkans and the region. It attracts one of the most impressive speakers in the .NET community. Just look at the list of sessions and figure it out for yourself. This year's keynote was presented by Tim Huckaby. This guy is doing phenomenal things with his company Interknowlogy. Tim presented for the first time their heart surgery app, as well as their other brilliant WPF based applications. You can check them here. After the keynote Tim gave a session about the way they built their cool apps. When the session ended the Bookvar's moment came. We (Deyan and I) sneak next to Tim and showed him Bookvar. He was showing his great application for about 2 hours and now he was the spectator of WPF goodness. I can explain his reaction with only one word. He was wowed. He immediately wanted to show off the application to other speakers as well and propose to demo the app at WPF panel at the end of the day. And guess what the WPF panel was actually a .NET Rocks! show.

.NET Rocks!

For those of you who did not know what is .NET Rocks! is
an audio podcast about .NET technologies. It is hosted by Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell and is absolute must listen for every .NET developer. So before the actual recording I was able to demonstrate Bookvar in front of about 50 developers & speakers. Perfect audience to show all the cool stuff that we have built. Unfortunately this cannot be recorded on podcast, but here is a picture of the .NET Rocks mind map I have done for the event.

So man when we can actually download Bookvar and explore it?

We are officially announcing that Bookvar will be available for free download on 1st of November here. The version that we will release can be called post Alfa and pre Beta, but we will call it beta 1. It will allow you to start creating mind maps right away and what is most important submit bugs and request so we will be able to improve it on the next release.

So until then keep listing to the great .NET Rocks! podcasts and have fun.