Normally I would “pooh-pooh” anyone’s prediction of where Microsoft is going with any technology, let alone something as wide-spread as ASP.NET; even when I hear a Microsoft employee making the prediction. However, in this case, the prediction is coming from the guy who is most directly in charge of making the decisions: Scott Guthrie (General Manager). He’s in charge of several Microsoft Developer Technology Product Groups, including ASP.NET. His title has “Manager” in it, but don’t let that fool you. He’s as technically brilliant as they come!

In the beginning of the WebCast, Scott spends a generous amount of time talking about how Microsoft got to where we are with ASP.NET and some of the decision the Product Group made over time and why. Even though the bulk of the session is about the future of ASP.NET, I think that those of us, who build software, understand some of the thinking that his team went through and why. It’s rare that you get a peek into the technology (Architecture) decisions of such a large and successful software development project (ASP.NET). If you are an Architect, or play one on TV, you should find this interesting. I think that it will help us to better think through the decisions on the product that we are building.

He spends the second half of the WebCast talking about where Microsoft is going, specifically: IIS 7, ATLAS, and the next version of Visual Studio (Code name: Orcas). He does a nice demonstration of ATLAS against the Northwind database, for those of you have not seen ATLAS (AJAX on with Microsoft .NET). He even talks about timelines for ATLAS, but I won’t steal his “thunder” and talk about them in this post. He then spends a little time talking about some of the features that are going to be in IIS 7, that both Developers and Operations folks will be able to take advantage of. Lastly, he spends some time talking about some of the anticipated features of Visual Studio “Orcas”, including LINQ /DLINQ and Workflow Integration.

I thought the information was very useful and I hope that you will as well. Here’s the WebCast link; the URL is exteremely long and may not work on every browser.  So, I have given the URL at the bottom.

You can also check out his blog site: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu.

~ Robert Shelton

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