Saturday, June 18, 2005


Pakistan Developer Conference Day – 3

I came back to Dubai last night at 1:00am, I have yet to blog about the PDC Day-3 so here it is.

The first session I attended was ASP.NET 1.1 Web Parts Programming for Sharepoint Portal 2003 by Hammad Rajjoub, the session was informative, but Hammad focused too much on explanation and less on demos, may be that is because the topic was too broad for one session, so should have been divided into two sessions. A month earlier, I suggested Hammad to cover Web parts Programming in ASP.NET 2.0 for Sharepoint Portal and pointed him to the article Webparts: From Sharepoint to ASP.NET 2.0 by Dino Esposito. Web Parts in ASP.NET 1.1 are a bit tough to implement, with a lot of coding but fortunately as Hammad mentioned at the end of his session that Web Parts in ASP.NET 2.0 are really easy to develop (See my earlier post about Web Parts)

The next session MS Speech Server 2004: Building Applications that Talk, Listen and Respond by none other than Adnan Farooq Hashmi, was brilliant and Adnan’s knowledge about the topic was excellent. Microsoft has made it really easy to integrate speech into ASP.NET Web Form applications, the topic again faced the same problem of being a little lengthy to be actually covered in one session, and in the end Adnan had to go too fast to finish the demo. Overall the session gave a great insight into building ASP.NET Speech Applications.

Just for the sake of knowing something I already don’t know, the next session I attended was Programming with Master Pages, Themes/Skin and Navigation Control in ASP.NET 2.0 by Goksin Bakir. However, his next session on Web Development Security Fundamentals was informative and he emphasized that Application Security should be considered at the very beginning of an application design stage, the topics he covered were IIS Security, ASP.NET Security and Threats, he gave examples of different type of threats and vulnerabilities such as Buffer Overrun, SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting and Hidden Field Tampering. He demoed some software for testing your application against security vulnerabilities e.g. Active Ports, FxCOP and AppScan as well as Threat Modeling your applications.

PDC concluded with the Closing Session, where Microsoft X-box was awarded to 7 randomly selected delegates in a lucky draw by Nine year old Arifa Karim of Faisalabad, the Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in the world.

It was great to be a part of the Pakistan Developer Conference 2005; it provided a great opportunity to learn from the world’s renowned speakers with highly informative sessions and provided an opportunity to collaborate with peers.

See you in PDC’ 2006!

Below is a snapshot with the speakers and INETA Leaders.

From Left: Hammad Rajjoub, myself, Saqib Ilyas and Adnan Farooq Hashmi

Man I missed the great oppertunity to get in the snap... :) unlucky me
very informative blog entry. Keep rocking !!!

and a very nice pic of yours with other ineta peers. :)
Zubair, I was wondering, is there any way that we can get the presentations of the PDC 05. Thanks
There sure is, once uploaded, you can go to the following URL to download the presentations.
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