I'm just starting to learn the new content for the next set of MSDN Events which starts in October. We've got four topics: Optimizing ASP.NET 1.1 Web Applications, Membership and Personalization in ASP.NET 2.0, Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) in VB.NET, and Programming with MapPoint Web Services.

This should be some great content. Web site optimization is a black art, and I think that we can make it a little more transparent. We'll look at the tools you can use to monitor and stress test applications. Unless you understand the tuning tools, anything you do around performance is just guessing.

The Membership and Personalization section will review one of the most important APIs in ASP.NET 2.0. Most web sites have a mechanism for deciding who the user is; we've made this process much easier in the new ASP.NET. The OOP section is a little more elementary, and will review a case study of object-based design for folks who haven't worked with objects before. Finally, we'll take a look at MapPoint's web service. This is both a powerful tool for adding geographic information to your applications and an example of a widely-used Internet based web service.

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