MSDN @ Campus report October 1st, 2004

Vinod Kumar

It’s been an exciting trip to down south, been hot off-late with patches of rain. But when I landed in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Madurai it was pretty warm and sunny. Not a surprise for me at this point of the year. I landed on Wednesday morning for a session at TCE on Thursday early morning. Being my home town I had enough time to catch up with all my relatives the day of landing.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

 

Well, I had to start early morning of Thursday towards the university. I didn’t have much of expectation from a government college. But the surprise in store was great. I reached the college campus and was wondering where the hall was. But I saw a good crowd down the corridor of the Main campus building. I did make a good guess to this should be the auditorium I had to go.

 

I entered the hall to find it was a good, completely air-conditioned, well arranged hall with nice podium etc. Impressive!!! I was excited to find such setup in a government college for sure. We had a 3 Part session. First, I had a introductory session on .NET followed by Kaushik (MS Student Ambassador) on End-to-End programming in .NET and to wrap the things up we had Kevin with a talk on Developing Mobile applications with VS.

 

The response was great as far as I saw. We had approximately 175-200 people attending the session. As far as I can recollect we had students from 5 colleges:

·         Thiagaraja College of Engg.

·         SACS College of Engg.

·         PTR College of Engg.

·         American College

·         KLN College of Engg. 

 

The best part what I feel is we had the HOD of IT Department, Dr. R. Rajaram attend all our sessions. It’s a very unlikely site generally in any event. We had a complete Q&A section where the students asked from basics to advanced queries on .NET and allied MS technologies. It was a treat to be part of that group. And the best way to pull more crowd interact we distributed some goodies in the form of Express Edition CD’s and .NET C# Primer books. I was happy to head back home Thursday night, but there have been 2-3 requests to have more such sessions in a formal or informal manner in the future too. A promise that I could make with pleasure.

Had fun nevertheless. Catch the snaps at the “Session Snaps Section” …

PS: I seem to be in full josh today, signing off reports one-after-another:). Let me prepare for the UG session tonight on Recompilation and Execution plans. Catch you.

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