I just received an invitation to what looks to be a killer event hosted by DPE India called “Virtual Tech Days” and it made me wonder – i wonder if this style event is the death of our loved events from yesteryear like Dev Days. …I certainly hope not as i love the comradery and networking at these event, but must admit with the increasing transparency into the development teams and raising fuel prices the writing on the wall doesn’t look good.

In either case if you want to find out more information about “Virtual Tech Days” check out:

http://www.connectwithlife.co.in/vtd/

Agenda (all times are local to India):

Sept 17th

10:30 - 11:45

Know your tools better: tips and tricks on how to enhance .NET development using VS 2008 and other tools

Speaker: Bijoy Singhal

What is new in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) for .NET 3.5 SP1?

Speaker: Pandurang Nayak and Supreet Singh

Building secure web services using Windows Communication Foundation

Speaker: Vineet

Addressing ALM challenges with VSTS

Speaker: Tejasvi Kumar

11:45 - 12:00
Tea Break

12:00 - 1:15

Enhancing Developer Productivity: The LINQ way

Speaker: Bijoy Singhal / Sarang Datye

Internet Explorer 8 for developers

Speaker: Pandurang Nayak

What’s new for Windows communication foundation in .net framework 3.5

Speaker: Vineet

Performance testing with Visual Studio Team Edition for Testers

Speaker: Tejasvi Kumar

1:15 - 2:15
Lunch Break

2:15 - 3:30

Beyond Relational SQL Server 2008: Managing unstructured and semistructured Data

Speaker: Vinod Kumar

Efficient User Interface (UI) Development with nukeationMachine add-in for Visual Studio 2008

Speaker: Dax Pandhi

Workflow Services in .Net framework 3.5- WCF and WF integration in .net framework 3.5

Speaker: PhaniKumar M T

Integrating Database into the Development Life Cycle using Visual Studio Team System

Speaker: Tejasvi Kumar

3:30 - 3:45
Break

3:45 - 5:00

Security with SQL Server 2008

Speaker: Vinod Kumar

Parallelize Your .NET Applications with Parallel Extensions

Speaker: Bijoy Singhal

Role of Software Factories in Framework development

Speaker: Venkataramanan Sriraman, Dipankar & Arul Prasad

Software Configuration management with Team Foundation Server

Speaker: Tejasvi Kumar

5:30
Contest and quiz winners announcement

Sept 18th

10:30 - 11:45

Working with the ASP.NET MVC Preview Release

Speaker: Sarang Datye

MOSS 2007 as an Application Development Platform

Speaker: Vedant Kulshreshtha

Virtualization 360

Speaker: Ananth Seshachalam

Top 10 DMVs Admins must know in SQL Server

Speaker: Praveen Srivatsav

11:45 - 12:00
Tea Break

12:00 - 1:15

What’s new in .NET 3.5 SP1 for Web Developers

Speaker: Sarang Datye

Developing custom SharePoint applications using VS 2008

Speaker: Vedant Kulshreshtha

Server & Desktop Virtualization

Speaker: Dhanasekaran Vadivelan (TCS)

Performance Tuning Redefined with SQL Server 2008

Speaker: Praveen Srivatsav

1:15 - 2:15
Lunch Break

2:15 - 3:30

Working with the ASP.NET Dynamic Data Engine and creating Dynamic Data Websites

Speaker: Sundararajan Subramanian

Building Differentiated UI applications using Composite WPF

Speaker: Ajoy Krishnamoorthy

Application Virtualization

Speaker: Kalyan Das

5 Hidden Gems inside SQL Server 2008

Speaker: Vinod Kumar

3:30 - 3:45
Break

3:45 - 5:00

Building REST-ful applications using .NET 3.5 SP1

Speaker: Niraj G Bhatt

Enterprise Library 4.0 - Now with More Peace, Love, and Rock-n-Roll

Speaker: Ajoy Krishnamoorthy

Managing Virtual Infrastructure

Speaker: Guruprakash

Extended Events - Tracing beyond/without Profiler

Speaker: Vinod Kumar

Sept 19th

10:30 - 11:45

Silverlight and Sharepoint - Better together

Speaker: Sangita Zaparde and Rajesh Shirpuram

Building Real-World-Ready Windows Mobile Applications with the Microsoft Device Emulator 3.0 and the Device Emulator Manager Automation API

Speaker: Bijoy Singhal

Presentation Virtualization

Speaker: Gopikrishna Kannan

A Day in the Life of Windows Vista Productivity

Speaker: Sudhir B Rao

11:45 - 12:00
Tea Break

12:00 - 1:15

Developing custom controls with SL 2

Speaker: Suyog Kale and Vijay Nikam

Rapid Development using the Mobile Line of Business Solutions Accelerator

Speaker: Bijoy Singhal

Network & Storage Virtualization

Speaker: Shanmugam Kulandaivel

Implementing Dynamic Desktop with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack

Speaker: Sudhir B Rao

1:15 - 2:15
Lunch Break

2:15 - 3:30

Unit  testing Silverlight Applications using Visual Studio 2008

Speaker: Pandurang Nayak

Achieving Global Scalability with Windows Mobile and SQL Server Compact

Speaker: Bijoy Singhal

Virtualization and Security

Speaker: Ravi Sankar

Managing Windows Vista Using Windows Powershell

Speaker: Ranjana Jain

3:30 - 3:45
Break

3:45 - 5:00

Advanced Silverlight: Learn the tricks of the masters!

Speaker: Pandurang Nayak

Building Better Windows Mobile Applications: What's New in Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

Speaker: Bijoy Singhal

Industry Speaker- How Virtualization helps you become more productive?

Speaker: Kalyan Kumar

A Look at the Performance Changes in Windows Vista SP1

Speaker: Ranjana Jain