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ANNOUNCEMENT - 2007.10.03:
This is truly a step in the right direction for Microsoft, and an especially good thing for the .NET developers community. When I work on the Java side I enjoy having access to all the source codes to the various editions (standard, enterprise, mobile, etc.). It provides us developers better insight into the behaviors of our code when needed, and in many cases, the source code provide really good code samples on how certain tasks can be accomplished.
Now this is Shared Source (not open-source), meaning we have access to the source code for reference purposes (and thus the "Reference License") but we cannot modify and rebuild the code. Of course, we still have the opportunity to contribute suggested changes to the source code (via the product feedback process), but for the majority of developers building solutions on top of the .NET Framework, being able to step through the source code and debug applications with full transparency can significantly improve productivity.
Scheduled for October 15-16th, 2007, the ITARC 2007 conference is an event focused on the architecture topics in IT. The organizers at IASA (International Association of Software Architects) have arranged over 30 session in 4 concurrent tracks covering enterprise architecture, infrastructure architecture, software architecture, and architecture fundamentals.
Many notable speakers (just to list a few) are scheduled to present at the conference:
The full agenda can be found at http://www.iasahome.org/web/itarc/socal/agenda
Also, it just so happens that Microsoft is sponsoring this conference as well. ;) As a result, we have a booth at the event. Looking forward to see you there!