Get Ready Sessions are 1 day level 200-300 technical trainings given by top level speakers, generally acknowledged as experts in their field. The sessions are organized by Microsoft Partners, more specifically Certified Partners Learning Solutions (CPLS), warranting a high quality learning experience for the trainees.

The participating Microsoft Partners are InfoSupport, Ordina and U2U with developer sessions. Below is an overview of the different topics for which each Partner is organizing MSDN Get Ready Sessions in the coming months.

Silverlight 4 and WPF 4

In this one-day training, we will give you a guided tour through both Silverlight 4 and WPF 4.

Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for rich web application building. Silverlight is the new platform for creating compelling web based internet and business applications, also known as RIAs. Windows Presentation Foundation is the way to build next-generation Windows applications.

The course consists out of many demos and hands-on material, making you ready to start developing the next big thing!

SharePoint 2010

This Get Ready Session by U2U gives you an overview on what is new in SharePoint 2010, for Power Users, Developers and Administrators.

Visual Studio 2010 (new language features and VSTS 2010 / ALM) + web development

Development teams can use a range of new tools and frameworks in Visual Studio 2010 for the software development-lifecycle.
Using Visual Studio 2010 makes it possible to determine: the test impact as a result of changes in the code, plan the test activities, perform the tests and monitor the progress.
New functionalities of Team Foundation Server in terms of versioning, such as work item tracking, team build and project management will also be shown.

Visual Studio Team System 2010 (ALM)

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2010 is an integrated Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance to help everyone on the development team improve their skills and work more effectively together. VSTS 2010 provides multi-disciplined team members with an integrated set of tools for architecture, design, development, database development, and testing of applications. Team members can continuously collaborate and utilize a complete set of tools and guidance at every step of the application lifecycle. This one-day session is the perfect start for every .NET developer, architect and project manager to learn about the new team system features with Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server. We’ll highlight all the new features that are available in the most recent release. We will also cover project management with Team Foundation Server (TFS), leveraging TFS source control, and new features such as integration with MOSS, and managing the build process with continuous integration.

Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4.0 (new framework features)

This Get Ready Session by U2U is meant for experienced .NET developers, who want to learn about the new features in .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. In this in-depth training you will see how C# and VB.NET grow closer together, look at WPF designer improvements with Visual Studio 2010, learn about writing better multi-threaded code, and learn about the improvements in WCF and WF.

Windows Azure

Microsoft recently released its technologies to build applications for the cloud ... and it promises to be an exciting platform for developing highly scalable, global reachable and cost effective internet applications. This is a full day of content on cloud computing, how Microsoft looks at it and how to get ready for architecting and developing on the Windows Azure platform. This "get-ready" session is focussed on the business value and the new architectural paradigms of the platform combined with a deep dive in many developing aspects. Based on practical experiences with Azure we explore the concepts and technologies to create cloud applications. You can expect to learn a new development approach and a new vision on software architecture needed for building cloud applications.