Thursday, January 05, 2006

Another Launch Event

On 3rd January, 2006, I was invited to speak at Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Launch Event at University Of Engineering and Technology TAXILA. This was a Microsoft Event and UET TEXILA is one of the Microsoft partner universities in Pakistan. I being an INETA Speaker and MVP was asked to do this presentation and every thing was arrange for me by Microsoft. I had to catch a PIA (PK 300) flight that departs at 7 AM and reaches ISB at 8:55 AM. The event was scheduled to begin at 10 AM. Due to fog in Islamabad and other parts of Punjab, my flight got delayed. When i reached airport early in the morning i was told that flight is delayed till 11 AM. Then at 11 it was further delayed till 11:30. In the mean time i had passed the information to UET Taxila guys (specicifically, student ambassador, Arham Muslim). Believe it or not PIA waited for 30 minutes to get passengers on board.And caused the further delay. And finally plane took off at 12:45. Plane landed at around 3 PM in Islamabad and I had Mr. Farhan (Network Admin, UET TAXILA) waiting for me at the airport. He was at airport since 1 PM. Anyways finally we header towards Texila and reached there around 4 PM. I offered Zuhr/Asr prayers first. Event started at 4:15. I had moderate audience. I'd say some 75 students + faculty members were peresent. I presented the regular VS Lanch introduction and followed it with a discussion on Web Services and Service Orientation. In the end i showed a small demo, using ASP.NET's ASMX Web Services and SQL Server 2005's HTTP Endpoint. Audience liked the demo. But what they liked the most was goodie distribution. Thanks to Microsoft Pakistan we had enough goodies to pass on to the audience. I believe i got the audience going throught out the event and they were attentive to listen to whatever i had to say. I left the campus at 6 PM and had to catch a flight that was scheduled to depart at 7 PM. Needless to say i wasnt able to cover 47 Km distance in one hour. Thanks to some traffic jams at Tool Plaza. I missed the flight and waited for some 4hrs to catch the next flight. And believe me Islamabad was freezing cold. So i had a couple of cups of tea, kept reading Paulo Colheo's Fifth Mountain.Mobilink wasnt working at Airport so I had to use a calling card to inform folks back home. I also tried calling some one but couldnt really got through. Any ways finally i got onboard and had a nice sleep during flight. I reached home at 2 AM almost and then slept at around 3:15 AM. And the next morning I was at office :(. So at the end of the day, thats how a life of a Developer Evangelist is like. And yes it was my 5th Launch Event in a month or two.

7 comments:

Zeeshan Muhammad said...

Congratulations on another successfull launch event and also a very happy birthday. I love fifth mountain and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Cheers!

Hammad said...

Thanks dude :)
Yes I enjoy reading Fifth Mountain. Its one of those books that one would like to keep reading again and again.
I bought it on your recommendation.
All the best!

Arham Muslim said...

Thanks for coming to university of Engineering and Technology Taxila and presenting us with the Launch of SQL Server 2005, we are looking forward to see you again in future. I apologize for the mishaps that you had on airport while coming to and leaving from Islamabad.

Sana Ali said...

Being 1 of da attendee there, i would like to say that ur presentation was pretty good, yet there were some loop holes , like u were unable to conduct quries session their... nevaz it was nice hearing ya n above all thanx for da visit

Hammad said...

You are welcome.
@Arham: dont be sorry there was nothing any one could do to stop bad weather and toll plaza traffice jam :). I enjoyed being there and delievering the session and I believe you guys enjoyed the session as well.. so thats what counts.
@Sana:Thanks for appreciation. Yes due to shortage of time I couldnt conduct a detailed Q/A session. If you have any comments and queries you are free to ask,

Muhammad Saqib Ilyas said...

Ah, Fifth mountain. I liked reading that one, too. No one knows yet, that I've read most of Paulo's books by now thanks to Faisal Nasim's enthusiasm and liked most of them. The theme is recurring in most of them. I'll post excerpts from his books on my blog for general public's interests.

Muhammad Saqib Ilyas said...

As a side note, this brings me to the conclusion that the speaker should, as a rule, always be scheduled to arrive at the venue town, at least the night before the event. One night's room rent isnt much to bear compared to the inconvenience caused to everyone. However, in cerain situations, the speaker is unable to get an early and extended off from his place of work, which might make this impossible.