May 2009 DevCares - .NET Smackdown!

I’ll be one of the panelists at the upcoming TekFocus DevCares event – join us tomorrow morning for some fun discussion around .NET!




Dev Cares: .NET Smackdown!

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With all the new acronyms and development technologies flying out of Redmond these days, it's easy to get confused. The .NET Smackdown will help you to make sense of the different choices available in the Microsoft development stack. We'll discuss the differences between some of the technologies and describe scenarios that fit each one. Join experienced developer and instructor Ken Byrd as he moderates the discussion - crowd participation and opinions are encouraged!

Round #1: The Eternal Question: C# vs. VB (and what about F#?)

Round #2: Data Access: ADO vs. LINQ to SQL vs. Entity Framework

Round #3: Web Services: ASMX vs. REST (and where does WCF fit?)

Round #4: Windows Applications: WinForms vs. WPF (vs. Silverlight?)

Round #5: Web Development: WebForms vs. ASP.NET MVC (with a touch of ASP.NET AJAX vs. jQuery)

Get ready, get rowdy, and join us for DevCares in May! Click here to register.

Speaker: Ken Byrd

Ken Byrd is a .NET consultant and mentor with more than 20 years of experience designing and building client/server and web-based distributed database applications. He has worked with a variety of languages including C, C++, Delphi, C# and VB.NET and has worked extensively with Microsoft .NET since the initial Beta releases.
Ken graduated from Baylor University in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and currently works in Dallas with TekFocus, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions where he teaches advanced development classes in C#, VB, ASP.NET, Silverlight, WCF, Workflow, ADO and WPF.  Ken can be reached through his blog at


When: May 29, 2009

Time: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Sign-In

           9:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Presentation

           11:30 - Announcements and Free Stuff?

Location: TekFocus at the Infomart

           1950 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 3050, Dallas, TX 75207

To register, please call 214.800.5611 or visit

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