I can't wait... are you packed yet? For those that are going to be there, there will be cool MSBuild activities for you. The roster includes two Hands on Labs and one breakout session. They are:
DEV356 Visual Studio 2005 : Managing the Enterprise Build Process with MSBuild Thu, Jul 1 14:45 - 16:00 Room: TBD Alex Kipman Learn how the Visual Studio 2005 release of Visual Studio will radically improve the area of software development by introducing a new build engine called MSBuild. Key design goals for MSBuild include: delivering a file format that is well-documented and backed up by a published XML schema definition; making the MSBuild engine an integral part of the .NET Framework redistributable; allowing developers to customize, augment, or completely redefine the build process; and providing seamless integration with the Visual Studio 2005 IDE.
DEVL56 MSBuild, The New Build System for Visual Studio 2005 and Longhorn Mon-Fri, Jul 1 08:30 - 19:30 Room: TBD Get an introduction to MSBuild, the new build system for Visual Studio 2005 and .NET development. MSBuild is a component included as part of the .NET Framework and has no dependencies on Visual Studio. See how it is fully functional on a machine that doesn't have Visual Studio installed. Learn how MSBuild's project file format is XML-based, and includes concepts like properties, items, targets, and tasks. Get details about the file format are included in the Appendix.
DEVL21 Version Control and Team Development with Visual Studio .NET and Visual SourceSafe Mon-Fri, Jul 1 08:30 - 19:30 Room: TBD This lab focuses on Visual SourceSafe, Visual Studio .NET, and MSBuild -- the next generation build engine that delivers flexibility for the entire range of build scenarios, from single-user basics to complex build-lab scenarios. See how Visual SourceSafe 2005 and the new universal build engine, MSBuild, provide an unprecedented level of support for the build process and source control.
I also get the chance to hook up with folks whom I've corresponded with in the past... I'm really exited about that! I would also love to meet other people who are interested, curious or passionate about <InsertGooseBumps>*build*</InsertGooseBumps>. If you are going to TechEd, want to talk build, don't be shy to send me e-mail and we'll set it up!
See you in Amsterdam!