With the .NET Framework 3.5 (the version native to Visual Studio 2008) coming up on its first anniversary, Microsoft is poised to release the first update to the framework in the form of Service Pack (SP1). This Service Pack is unlike your standard Service Pack, in that it will introduce new features/capabilities to the .NET Framework. Some of these features where originally planned to be in the initial release of the framework and others are features/capabilities added to enhance or further secure the core .NET Framework. The August Developer Dinner is going to focus on some of the new features as well as a few of the new enhancements, to give you an introduction of the improved capabilities of the Microsoft Developer Platform.
What you will learn:
This evenings presentation will be a running stream of demonstration focusing on new features and functionality coming in the new Service Pack for several of the key areas of .NET Development today, including Web Development (ASP.NET), Database Development (ADO.NET), Web Services/SOA (Windows Communication Foundation) and User Experience (Windows Presentation Foundation).
You will see demonstrations that will include:
- Making data access easier with the ADO.NET Entity Framework.
- Exposing your data access layer using ADO.NET Data Services
- Building “Data Entry” Web-based applications faster than ever using ASP.NET Dynamic Data.
- Making AJAX Applications faster with script combining and easier with built in support for handling browser history (i.e. back/forward buttons).
- How to achieve up to 40% faster startup performance for your WPF applications and further improve the startup experience using a splash screen.
- Reducing the time it takes to deploy your WPF applications using the New .NET Framework Client Profile.
- Build services faster using enhancements in WCF.
The follow up post for this developer dinner is http://blogs.msdn.com/devkeydet/archive/2008/08/21/follow-up-developer-dinner-on-net-framework-3-5-sp1.aspx.