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  1. #1
    Vincent Tripodi Guest

    VBITS question

    I'm considering checking this out in NY. My funds are limited so I need to
    make training choices carefully.

    The Q is ... with sessions that run an hour, how much actual training is
    going on? It seems to me that a lot of topics would be glossed over. Do
    you actually leave at the end of the day with practical hands on knowledge?

    The pre and post conference workshops look interesting, with a full day
    devoted to each topic.

    I'd be interested in hearing some opinions on this. Thanks.



  2. #2
    Dave Haskell Guest

    Re: VBITS question

    Vincent,

    > I'm considering checking this out in NY. My funds are limited so I need to
    > make training choices carefully.
    >
    > The Q is ... with sessions that run an hour, how much actual training is
    > going on?


    Lots.

    > It seems to me that a lot of topics would be glossed over.


    Depends on the speaker. I'm sure you can imagine topics that you don't have a
    proper background for and would quickly be over your head in five minutes,
    nonetheless an hour.

    > Do
    > you actually leave at the end of the day with practical hands on knowledge?


    Yes. The VBITS I've attended have been extremely valuable. True, the
    sessions may be "only" an hour, but that allows a wide variety of subject
    matter to be presented, especially given the different tracks.

    I would have attended the one this year in SF if I had had the time; I regret
    not finding the time when it was here...



  3. #3
    Jacob Grass Guest

    Re: VBITS question

    I went to VBits in San Francisco this past January. There were some topics
    which were glossed over, but, regardless, there was a great deal of
    information to be had. And, all of the information covered a great deal of
    topics. If you are looking for information on a broad scope of topics
    (VB.NET, ASP.NET, XML, SOAP, ADO.NET, etc. . .) then I would recommend this
    conference. If, for example, you just want to learn ASP.NET, then you would
    likely be spending extra time and money. But, all in all, it can't heard,
    and is a great place to network. . . .: )

    Jacob


    "Vincent Tripodi" <vincent.tripodi@extremeconsulting.net> wrote in message
    news:3abad2bb$1@news.devx.com...
    > I'm considering checking this out in NY. My funds are limited so I need

    to
    > make training choices carefully.
    >
    > The Q is ... with sessions that run an hour, how much actual training is
    > going on? It seems to me that a lot of topics would be glossed over. Do
    > you actually leave at the end of the day with practical hands on

    knowledge?
    >
    > The pre and post conference workshops look interesting, with a full day
    > devoted to each topic.
    >
    > I'd be interested in hearing some opinions on this. Thanks.
    >
    >




  4. #4
    Bob Butler Guest

    Re: VBITS question


    "Vincent Tripodi" <vincent.tripodi@extremeconsulting.net> wrote in message
    news:3abad2bb$1@news.devx.com...
    > I'm considering checking this out in NY. My funds are limited so I need

    to
    > make training choices carefully.
    >
    > The Q is ... with sessions that run an hour, how much actual training is
    > going on? It seems to me that a lot of topics would be glossed over. Do
    > you actually leave at the end of the day with practical hands on

    knowledge?
    >
    > The pre and post conference workshops look interesting, with a full day
    > devoted to each topic.
    >
    > I'd be interested in hearing some opinions on this. Thanks.


    If you expect to really learn something then neither the 1 hour or 1 day
    presentations are likely to do that (at least they don't for me). I look at
    the short sessions as a way to pick up the general concept of what something
    is and where it might be useful and to get some buzzwords so that I can
    research it on my own later. Having a few related key topics makes picking
    out a book or finding other resources much easier. If the short sessions do
    nothing else, when the VP attends some presentation and comes back saying
    that technology XYZ will solve all our problems I can explain why it really
    doesn't apply or what it'll take to get started.

    1 or 2 day sessions are for areas that I'm defnitely very interested in and
    for which I've already done some basic research on my own. That way I have
    a general grasp of the subject and can get more from the details being
    presented and/or have some good questions to ask.



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