Jeff Blankenburg and I have finally nailed down more details on a .NET University event.
Originally we'd promoted 20 September as the date. Sorry, can't do. Too little time, and too much to get done. That said, we've now ironed out when, where, what, and how.
WHEN: The Columbus .NET University event will held on 8 November, 2008. (OSU has a weak opponent that Saturday, so you don't need to fear missing the game. Plus, I think we can likely get the game on the TV in the venue's lobby...)
WHERE: The Columbus .NET University event will be at the Columbus Microsoft office near Polaris Parkway.
WHAT: The Columbus .NET University event will be a day full of 100 level info on .NET 3.5, and it's targeted to folks who are not currently in .NET, or who are currently working in older versions of .NET. Please be clear on this: if you're someone who's an aspiring Alpha geek, meaning you're all over the .NET 3.0 release and have played around with 3.5, then this event isn't for you.
That said, this event is for your friends and colleagues who aren't as far up the technology curve as you. Please help us get the word out to those friends and colleagues who you know have been sitting on the fence about jumping in to .NET, or need some motivation to look into the latest release.
The content for the event is still being ironed out, but will be intended to show a start-to-finish story around developing in .NET 3.5. We'll likely hit the following sorts of topics:
- A Lap Around VS 2008
- Using VS
- Creating Software in VS
- Testing (my personal fave)
- Intro to C# and VB in the .NET 3.5 World
- Lambdas, XML Literals, etc.
- Web Services 101
- Data Access in .NET 3.5
- All the Cool Webified Stuff
- AJAX 101
- Silverlight 101
- WinForms is Still Alive
- Crash Course on WPF
No promises on the content, but that's a general taste of the sorts of things you'll be exposed to.
The event ought to be quite an exciting one, and we're looking forward it!