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Jeffrey Richter will speak to the group on Building, Deploying, and Versioning .NET Components and Applications.Jeffrey will explain how .NET compilers produce metadata and how this metadata is used by the CLR to resolve type references. In this talk, we’ll walk through the process of building an assembly and discuss how the CLR locates dependant assemblies avoiding the need for the registry. Then, we’ll discuss how to create and deploy shared assemblies containing shared components. Finally, we’ll discuss how to version these assemblies without adversely affecting the application’s behavior making "DLL Hell" a thing of the past.

Developer Evangelist Kirk Allen Evans will follow up with a discussion on Web Services and .NET 2.0.  We will cover a number of new features that are found in .NET’s Web Services stack, ASMX, in version 2.0 of the .NET Framework.  We will also look at WSE 3.0 for building secure web services, and finally will look briefly at the future of distributed communications on the Windows platform, Windows Communication Foundation (code-named "Indigo").  Along the way, we will discuss controversial subjects such as code-first or contract-first, strategies for interoperability, and available tools for building web services today.

About the Featured Speakers:

Jeffrey Richter is a co-founder of Wintellect (Wintellect), a training, debugging, and consulting firm dedicated to helping companies build better software, faster. He is the author of several best selling .NET and Win32 programming books including "Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming" (Microsoft Press). Jeffrey is also a contributing editor to MSDN Magazine where he authors the Concurrent Affairs column. Jeff has been consulting with Microsoft's .NET Framework team since October 1999 and was also a consultant on Microsoft’s Web Services and Messaging Team ("Indigo").

Kirk Allen Evans is a Developer Evangelist in Microsoft’s Communications Sector.  Kirk was the primary author of "XML And ASP.NET", and has been technical reviewer for various books on XML and Web Services technologies for Addison-Wesley and Wrox publishers.