I want to thank the folks at the Roanoke Valley .net User Group for their patience and understanding last night. We made every possible effort to get internet access working (up to, and including, attempting to use my bluetooth phone to get a dial-up connection...bluetooth worked great, but I didn't have enough signal to get a reliable connection), but in the end, we couldn't make it work. Which, of course, meant that doing a demo of the MapPoint web service wasn't happening. :-(
Instead, we did an open ASP.NET 2.0 playground session, just playing around with a variety of features, from the built-in HTML/XHTML validation schemas, the support for both built-in and custom code snippets (look for the snippets folders in your My Documents\Visual Studio 2005 folder and drop a file with the .snippet extension in there, and it will be automatically picked up by the IDE...you can get the required format from the built-in snippets, which you can locate from the Code Snippet Manager in the tools menu), and other fun features.
I hope everyone still got some useful information out of the meeting, even if we weren't able to cover the MapPoint stuff we'd planned on.