My Picks for TechEd 2005


The list of TechEd sessions for 2005 is now up! If you register now, you get a $300 discount

Choosing sessions was *absolutely* brutal. That being said, there's still a lot of content that C# developers would be interested in. Here are my picks for sessions and events:

Developer Tools/.NET Framework

  • Visual C# Under the Covers: An In-Depth Look at C# 2.0
    With Anders Hejlsberg giving the talk, the hardest part will be finding a seat :)
  • Visual C# 2005: IDE Tips and Tricks - Anson Horton
  • Visual Studio 2005: Debugging Smart Client Applications with Visual Studio 2005 - Scott Nonnenberg
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Using Visual Studio 2005 Team System to Support Your Agile Processes
    They should just change the session name to Agility with VSTS.
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Enabling Better Software Through Better Testing
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Building Robust and Reliable Software
  • .NET Framework: CLR Internals

Database Development

  • Working with SQL Server 2005 from Visual Studio 2005
  • Integrated Innovation: Using ADO.NET 2.0 with SQL Server 2005
  • SQLCLR v T-SQL: Best Practices for Development in the Database

Connected Systems

  • Introducing System.Transactions and New Features
  • Programming with System.Net v2.0: API’s You Need to Quickly Build Robust Network Applications
  • My Home is my Castle: Hosting Applications - Why you care about Threads, AppDomains, and Processes
  • What's New for Web Services Developers in Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0
  • Web Services Interoperability


  • Introduction to Managed Development for Devices with Visual Studio 2005
  • Developing Loosely Connected Smart Device Applications with .NET CF 2.0 and SQL Server 2005

Smart Client Track

  • Building Smart Client Applications with .NET: The Future of Software Development
  • Smart Client Offline Data Synchronization and Caching
  • Windows Forms in Visual Studio 2005: Overview
  • Windows Forms: Making the Most of WinForms 2.0 Data Binding
  • Windows Forms: An In-Depth Look at Windows Forms in Visual Studio 2005
  • Windows Forms: How to build Windows Forms Applications Today That Will Interoperate Well with Avalon

Web Development

  • Overview of ASP.NET 2.0 Part 1
  • Overview of ASP.NET 2.0 Part 2
  • ASP.NET 2.0: Best Practices for Building Web Application UI with Master Pages, Site Navigation and Themes
  • ASP.NET 2.0: Under the Covers - Exploring Internals, Page Lifecyle and the Compilation Model
  • ASP.NET: Using Visual 2005 Studio Team System to Build Enterprise Web Applications
  • ASP.NET: A Lap Around the New Enhancements for Web Developers in Visual Studio 2005
  • ASP.NET 2.0: Building Data-Driven Web Sites in ASP.NET 2.0

In addition to sessions, we're trying to push through Instructor Led Labs. Imagine having a pre-configured lab and having an instructor walk you through writing code. Here are the ones we're trying to get through.

Hands-on Instructor Led Labs (assuming they get approved)

  • C# Generics - Juval Lowy
  • C# 2.0 Iterators - Juval Lowy
  • System.Transactions - Juval Lowy
  • Lap Around Visual C# 2005 - Dan

Self Paced Lab Hands on labs:

  • C# 2005 Language and IDE Tour

Cabana Session

  • Whiteboard with Anders Hejlsberg 
    Ask Anders and the C# team questions about the design of the C# language. This is always one of the best things about TechEd. Being able to whiteboard with the chief designer of C# is, well, just cool.

User Group Meeting

  • If you're in Orlando and you can't make TechEd, then you can meet up with us at the Orlando .NET User Group