Every month around this time I receive an email with the subject line "Upcoming Microsoft Webcasts..."   I usually browse through the list, occasionally register for a few of the webcasts, and rarely attend.   While I probably won't have the bandwidth to attend any of the MSDN webcasts in July, I thought I would at least share my picks with you:

MSDN Webcast: Developing SharePoint Workflows Using Visual Studio 2005 (Level 200)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Eilene Hao, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

This webcast covers the basics of workflow development for Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 using the Microsoft Visual Studio development system and the Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation. During the presentation, we develop a "hello world" sequential workflow from start to finish. Learn how to model your workflow with SharePoint tasks in the Windows Workflow Foundation designer, create and bind data to Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 forms, deploy to SharePoint sites, and debug on the live server.

 

MSDN Architecture Webcast: The Web Service Software Factory (Level 200)

Thursday, July 06, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Don Smith, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

The Web Service Software Factory is a cohesive collection of various forms of guidance that have been assembled to help you build high quality ASP.NET Web Services (ASMX) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)-connected solutions more consistently with less effort. The patterns & practices team now offers a Guidance Package to automate guidance from inside Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 with wizard-based dialogs. This webcast demonstrates the ASMX Service Factory by walking through some common usage patterns, and discusses the development process and future of the Web Service Software Factory.

 

MSDN Architecture Webcast: Client Management with the New Task Scheduler in Windows Vista (Level 200)

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Andi Comisioneru, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

In today's cost-conscious environment, IT professionals must ensure the reliable operation of an increasing number of client computers. To help these computers operate smoothly, Task Scheduler in Windows Vista greatly expands on the Scheduled Tasks tool in previous versions of Windows, providing the flexibility IT professionals need to automate common administrative tasks reliably and securely. Join this webcast to learn how Task Scheduler enables standard programs such as backup, virus scanning, cleanup, and disk defragmentation software to run predictably and reliably. Find out how Task Scheduler can be used to perform an action or sequence of actions based on an event occurrence, making proactive, ad hoc system management possible. We also show how to configure a task to notify an IT professional of a problem by e-mail, or to launch a diagnostic program or an automated resolution.