Thank you, Julia. I am glad you liked my TechEd sessions and thank you for the kind words :)  However ...

What is so strange is that I cannot get  used to seeing him open up and work in Visual Studio. Why on earth is that? Perhaps it is something to do with the level of what he is talking about that it is bigger than coding, so though he obviously needs to code to put the concepts in action, it just seems almost mundane in comparison to the concepts.

Hmmm .... I am not sure whether I agree here. Most of the things that I talked about were really about code all the way and then I can just as well show some (or flood the audience with codce as in WEB404). The takeaway are the concepts. My job is to bring lesser known things into the limelight. In that I do agree.