Tonight was the WPF Disciples dinner at PDC 2008. An evening of wonderful food and drink at Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown Los Angeles. But it wasn’t a normal dinner. No gathering can be considered normal when Dr. WPF shows up.
The good doctor deliberately shrouds himself in mystery, perhaps because he is a little mad from his years working with pixels and sub-atomic particles. Perhaps mad isn’t the best word to use. Let’s just say that he’s a touch eccentric. He makes it very clear that his identity must never be revealed to anyone. In return for his anonymity he promises to plumb the depths of WPF and share his hard won knowledge with the world.
I arrived at the steak house a few minutes early. I was escorted to the back of the restaurant a few minutes later. Getting into the private dining room was an ordeal. After producing my ID I was subjected to a scanning with a security wand that hummed ominously and gave off a a faint toxic green glow. Next I had to answer a seventeen question quiz on WPF internals and write some sample code demonstrating my grasp of custom attached properties. Finally I was given my badge and lab smock for the evening and escorted to the private dining room.
Once in the room Josh Smith called me over to a corner and confided to me in a hushed tone about Dr. WPF’s obsession with odd numbers. This became apparent later in the evening when the waiter tried to place two dinner forks at each each place setting. Dr. WPF summoned one of his minions over. After a whispered conversion the waiter was instructed to provide three forks at each plate.
There’s more to the tale, but I’ll let some of the other WPF disciples provide their view.