Richmond .net February Meeting
Speaking of user group meetings, I'm doing one...tonight! That's right, you can see ME...live and in person, talking about the Provider Model in ASP.NET 2.0! Please contain your excitement. :-)
Actually, providers are indeed a pretty important part of what makes ASP.NET 2.0 rock. It's because of providers that you can, at a moment's notice, swap out the back-end data store for features like Membership, Profile, etc., and substitute one of the other out-of-the-box providers, or a custom provider you create or obtain from a third-party. This means you can take full advantage of the productivity of fantastic new controls like the login control, while not being tied to a specific back-end storage system.
Anyway, I'll be speaking at the Richmond .net User Group meeting in Glen Allen, VA. The meeting starts at 6:30pm sharp, and if you're late I'll eat your pizza!
Meeting details and directions can be found here. See you tonight!