Top 10 PDC sessions for an enterprise .Net developer

PDC starts Nov.

There will be over 150 sessions at Microsoft's Professional Developer's Conference, next week at the Los Angeles convention center. Many of them will be aimed at commercial programmers building their next Windows app. So I asked a Microsoft spokesperson if she could pinpoint what Microsoft thinks will be the most important sessions for an enterprise developer. I also came up with a list of my own picks.

My Microsoft source recommends:

Manycore and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4: A Match Made in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010Stephen Toub

This session explores how the Multi-core development technique is growing in importance due to the direction that Intel is taking processor architectures.

Dynamic Languages on the Microsoft .NET FrameworkDino Viehland

Dynamic languages are a hot computer science topic today. Hear how the Dynamic Language Runtime in the .NET Framework is a strong platform for Dynamic Languages.

Scaling Your Data Tier with Microsoft Project Code Name “Velocity”Murali Krishnaprasad

A good caching strategy is critical for distributed application performance. In this session, learn more about Microsoft code name “Velocity.”

Microsoft Expression Blend 3 for Developers: Tips, Tricks and Best PracticesDoRon Motter

In this session, you’ll learn that design matters. Use it effectively to separate your projects from the crowd.

Microsoft Perspectives on the Future of ProgrammingButler Lampson, Erik Meijer, Don Box, Jeffrey Snover, Herb Sutter, Burton Smith

This session highlights the outlook of computer programming – the future happens. Hear about it first here.

Workflow Services and “Dublin”Mark Fussell

In this session, learn how to create services with the management and operations interfaces for very little development cost.

Microsoft Silverlight Roadmap and FuturesKaren Corby

Attend this session to hear about programming the web and integrating the desktop. Silverlight can provide the framework that .NET developers need to build  a great cross-platform, rich internet application experience.

It's All about the Services: Developing Custom Applications for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Using Microsoft ASP.NET, WCF, and RESTMaxim Lukiyanov

Check out how developers are using SharePoint to build and integrate applications and line-of-business systems, with options that include ASP.NET, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and RESTful services.

Microsoft AJAX Library, jQuery, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010Stephen Walther

In this session, explore the world of Web Apps.

Data Programming and Modeling for the Microsoft .NET DeveloperDon Box, Chris Anderson

Come to this code-centric talk that focuses on the advances being made in tools, languages, and frameworks that simplify how to model, consume, or produce data.

Here are my picks for enterprise IT folks attending PDC '09:

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Kernel ChangesMark Russinovich

Topics include: scalability improvements, security improvements, power efficiency enhancements and core architecture changes to modularize Windows.

Software + Services Identity Roadmap UpdateKim Cameron, Dmitry Sotnikov

A progress report and demonstration on the identify management plans that Microsoft revealed at PDC 2008, based on claims-based architecture.

Leveraging and Extending Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Identity FeaturesVenky Veeraraghavan

Get an overview of how Claims based Identity will be implemented in SharePoint 2010

Introduction to Building Applications with Windows AzureLearn how to easily write a applications from scratch on Microsoft's cloud computing platform Windows Azure using Visual Studio 2010 Windows Error Reporting

Kevin Hill

See how WER can be used to learn from crashes, collect additional information, and inform your users desktops about upgrades, patches and work-arounds.

Iron Bartender @ GeekFestClint Rutkas’s robotic bartender versus a real bartender.  Five judges will decide who can pour a better drink.  Both competitors will have unique advantages/challenges. 

Man VS machine – who’s got what it takes to be a superior cocktail?  We’ll pit

And if you hear of anything interesting, funny, new, outrageous at this year's PDC, please drop me a line about it. jbort@nww.com.

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