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this morning, scottgu posted details on the roadmap for the .net web platform.  it is an exciting roadmap to me, so let me hit some of the highlights:

    • ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions - this will include the MVC framework, AJAX improvements, dynamic data support, asp.net and silverlight support, and ado.net data services (entity framework).  this release is expected to be available for download on the web next week in the first preview mode.
    • : because of the significant effort being made and features building in to the vNext version, we are changing the name going forward to reflect that effort -- thus silverlight 1.1 --> silverlight 2.0. we plan on releasing a beta of silverlight 2.0 in the first quarter of CY08 with a "go-live" license in limited scale. this silverlight 2.0 will include:
      • WPF UI framework
      • rich controls: core+some good stuff
      • networking support
      • rich base class library support
    • final release of IIS7 will be shipped as part of win2008 release early next year...for .net this is awesome as we (developers) will be able to better write code that sits closer to the pipe

i think all of these are great news.  of course i'm particularly excited about silverlight 2.0 changes/additions as i'll be finally able to start talking/showing things i've been holding back on because of the impending changes.  stay tuned to this blog for more tutorials that will encompass silverlight 2.0 features -- and of course, The Code Trip will feature silverlight and all of the above!

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[UPDATE: I added other US cities I am aware of, any not listed here, I'm not aware of them.  Reminder that these are being hosted by user group communities in partnership with Microsoft.  If you don't attend the user groups sponsoring these events, you have them to thank and you should start attending and getting involved!!!!

These events are made possible by the commitment of user groups.  You should absolutely participate in them, show your support, be an active member and get to know your local developer contact at Microsoft :-).]

want the latest IDE toolset and start developing solutions in .net 3.5 using asp.net ajax, , LINQ, astoria and all the good stuff?

what are you waiting for?  there are various visual studio 2008 installfests around the country.  my team in the west is no different, but maybe you've been having a hard time finding them?  here's a list for all those happening in the west!  please feel free to blog and spread the word.

we're providing a location, install dvd's (these will be evals because the finals aren't pressed yet), and food/drinks.  this will be a good time to get some questions answered, get vs 2008 installed, play around, and hang out with your peers.  each registered and attended individual will receive a special code to receive the fully-licensed visual studio 2008 professional copy sent to them when the full package product is available to ship.

don't miss these events!!!  registration is limited, so get in now and mark your calendars!

the events in the west are:

in the central area are:

in the east are:

please feel free to linkback to this blog post when you spread the word for the links, etc.  pay attention to the details for each location as venue and times may differ.