Hey Data Geeks! Geek out on ADO.NET at DevConnections again in Spring 2008

I’m happy to announce that DevConnections will be hosting a Data Access track again in the Spring 2008 conference (Orlando April 23- 28).

The Data Access track in the recent Las Vegas edition of DevConnections was a great success. Thanks to a dedicated track, there was a Data Access talk happening during every timeslot during the conference. We had 4 Microsoft sessiosn on Microsoft day, nine during the two “3rd party speaker” days and a post-con session.

The room for this track (which had app. 300 seats) was packed for many sessions. The 4 introductory level Entity Framework sessions were practically standing room only and Dino Esposito’s presentation “Typed DataSets, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Entities: Data Design Patterns Do Matter” was flowing out of the doorway!

So we think it was a great idea and are doing it again in the spring.

Here’s what we’ve got lined up (which will hit the website in the next week or so):

Pre-Conference workshop:I will be doing a full day pre-con session called “Entity Framework From 0 to 60” which will start with intro and eventually dig way down under the covers for doing advanced work with EF. Entity Framework is due to be released in the first half of next year so if it’s not already out by the time the conference rolls around, it will be darned close, so it will be high time to get ready for this technology!

Day 1: Microsoft will be doing two intermediate/advanced Entity Framework talks, a talk on ADO.NET Data Services and Synchronization Services.

Day 2 & 3: We have a great line up of speakers again: Bill Vaughn, Kathleen Dollard, John Papa, Dino Esposito, Cathi Gero, Dave Sussman, DOn Kiely and myself. THe topics will range from Synchronization SErvices to Performance,  intro & intermediate sessions on Entitity Framework, deep dives into ENtity Framework and LINQ to SQL and more.

So when the snow starts melting, think spring and think DATA! See you in Orlando!

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