As you have likely heard already, the grand launch for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 will be on November 7th and I can't think of a better opportunity to immerse yourself in education on these two massive product sets than the Developer Connections conferences running that same week at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This is actually four separate conferences in one (covering Visual Studio, ASP.NET, SQL Server and a special C++ commemorative edition) and a single registration gains you access to any breakout session in any of the individual conferences.
As a special bonus, all attendees will receive Visual Studio 2005 Professional and SQL Server Standard Edition (with one client access license) since this edition of the conference coincides with the launch. The speaker list is absolutely stellar this time around with notable personalities like Charles Petzold, Bjarne Stroustrup, Stan Lippman and more.
I was extremely fortunate again to be asked to organize together the entire Fundamentals track of the Visual Studio Connections conference - a five day agenda (including pre-conference and post-conference workshops) especially arranged for developers who are just getting started with the .NET environment now. A couple of my fellow MSDN Events presenters (namely Geoff Snowman and Joe Stagner) and myself will be delivering several of these sessions.
OK, this is the special exclusive sweetener for those of you who haven't yet registered, if you register using the discount code of B101, you will receive a $100 discount off the regular conference rate.