OK, let's see if this blog posting can successfully avoid inciting the guardian watch-dogs of Windows Vista intellectual property... I really still don't know what was so objectionable in my last posting, especially in this new era of supposed transparency. Anyway, here goes!

How would you like to attend a free two-day, instructor-led workshop offering a focused environment within which to learn and experience the new features and capabilities of the forthcoming Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005?

As loyal readers of this blog, I'm passing on invitations to these workshops intended for experienced, professional software developers who are already skilled in building software using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, even those employed by independent software vendors or those who work on corporate enterprise development teams. Attendance is strictly limited. Please do not register unless you are sure you can commit the two full days to attend the entire workshop.

The workshops will be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm. In Phoenix, the workshop will be held at the local Microsoft office on August 25th and 26th. Registration is open now at http://www.microsofttraining.com/devonsites - just use 304001 for the class/invitation identifier.

The workshop in Las Vegas on August 30th and 31st looks to be a much better bet (pardon the pun). It will be held at the loverly and talented Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, right on the strip. Of course, I do have to caution you that there might be lots of games of chance conveniently close at hand so be careful you don't get too distracted away from the workshop by all the lights, bells and shouting...

Register for the Las Vegas workshop at the same Web site, http://www.microsofttraining.com/devonsites, but use 304037 for the class/invitation identifier instead.

Bon chance!