Welcome to the forty-fourth Community Convergence. I want to remind every one that the C#, VB and dynamic language teams are still hiring. If you are an expert manager, developer or test engineer, please look at our listings and see if there is a place where you might belong. This is an excellent opportunity to participate in a first rate development process and to meet and work with some of the best developers in the world.
Tech Ed 2008 is fast approaching. This year it will be held in Orlando, Florida and divided into two sections. The Developer sessions will be held June 3-6, and the IT Professionals will gather June 10-13. Bill Gates will give the keynote at the developer conference, and there will be 16 tracks for you to explore. Several C# team members will be giving talks, as explained below.
I'm sure everyone knows that the betas for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 have been released. Please download these bits and gives us feedback outlining how you think they look. Here are are posts by Brad Abrams and Scott Guthrie that can help get you up speed on these new bits, and here is the download for the betas.
Other news includes Keith Farmer's departure from Microsoft. Keith is a developer, but he has been a hard working and steady contributor to the community. He has been very active on the forums, in his blog, and across the net. We will miss him.
Finally, I'm going to try changing the format of Community Convergence for several reasons. First, the MSDN team has asked me to shorten these posts to fit in better with their new look and feel for the site. Secondly, we've had great success with our Visual C# Team and Community Blogs section, and feel that some of my listings are also appearing there. Thirdly, it is simply time for a change, and this will force me to try to become a bit more creative with my use of this space. As a result, I will try, as an experiment, moving the team links to a separate page, and use this space for important announcements, team gossip, and highlighting news.
See the most recent C# Team and Community Blog Links.