At last, I can let everyone know what I've been soooooo excited about for the last few weeks -- Rob Howard has returned to MSDN:

Rob explains why he's been absent for a while (something about shipping some product -- sniff!), and describes the provider design pattern that will be everywhere in ASP.NET Whidbey. However -- this is not 'yet another' Whidbey article - Rob shows you how you can use it today in ASP.NET 1.1 apps.

TTFN - Kent