Last year's focus was on the value of attending TechEd. This year's focus has shifted to Microsoft's Build conference, which was recently held for over 5,000 attendees in late June. Some people have already asked questions such as, "Isn't this just another TechEd?" or "Is this a replacement for TechEd?" The simple answer is no; although, it does come with a similar price tag (over $2,000 to attend). Build is a conference with a heavy focus on Windows development (think mobile). With more than one developer conference now being offered by Microsoft, questioning the value of Build is more important than ever. Most companies cannot spare the time and/or money to send a developer to both conferences. Additionally, some developers may initially be swayed by the swag factor. Historically Microsoft has given away free tablets to attendees of Build. It should be assumed that this will be cost prohibitive as the conference grows in future years. With all of these thoughts in hand, is Build worth attending?
Jul 04, 13