It's been a great (and busy) summer and I took a hiatus from my blog (as you may have noticed). I will attempt to get reconnected with my blog starting today.

I'm heading down to the PDC next week and am looking foward to talking with as many of you as I can. I will be at the Visual Studio booth on-and-off as well as hanging out in the Tools & Languages track lounge. Stop by if you get a chance. The following are great talks that my team is doing that will be well worth your time:

Talks

Title

Description

Day

Start

Finish

Speakers

Track

PRS402

Windows Forms: Harnessing the Power and Flexibility of Windows Forms 2.0

Explore the many facets of developing an application that can deliver on the highest level of appearance along with handling user customization, dynamically responding to system changes, and gracefully handling localization. We dive into examples of the W

9/13/2005

1:00:00 PM

2:15:00 PM

Erick Ellis

PRS

PRS402

Windows Forms: Harnessing the Power and Flexibility of Windows Forms 2.0

Explore the many facets of developing an application that can deliver on the highest level of appearance along with handling user customization, dynamically responding to system changes, and gracefully handling localization. We dive into examples of the W

9/13/2005

4:15:00 PM

5:30:00 PM

Erick Ellis

PRS

TLN306

The .NET Language Integrated Query Framework: An Overview

9/14/2005

1:45:00 PM

AndersH

TLN

PRS407

Windows Forms: Occasionally Connected Smart Clients

Users want their applications to "just work" and their data to be available even when the network isn't. Custom applications require data and application updates to be constantly verified. In this session, we use Visual Studio 2005 to build an Outlook 200

9/14/2005

11:00:00 AM

12:15:00 PM

Steve Lasker

PRS

PRSL01

Tips & Tricks: Answers to Common Questions When Building Windows Forms Applications

Learn from the experts who have seen thousands of Windows Forms applications get built. We cover some of the most common application building issues and areas where the right solution isn't always obvious. We provide solutions to a grab bag of issues including data binding a DateTimePicker to null and getting a TabControl with visual styles to have tabs on the bottom.

9/14/2005

12:30:00 PM

1:15:00 PM

Mike Harsh

PRS

TLN308

Visual Basic: Future Directions in Language Innovation

9/15/2005

10:15:00 AM

PaulV/Amandas

TLN

TLN414

Visual Basic: Under the Hood on Extending the My Namespace

9/15/2005

2:15:00 PM

Jbinder

TLN

TLN317

CLR: Leveraging Dynamic Language Features

9/15/2005

3:45:00 PM

Ejmeijer

TLN

PRS321

Windows Forms: Integrating Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon")

Wondering how to take advantage of the power of the next generation presentation technology, Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly codename "Avalon"), while preserving your existing investments in Windows Forms? We discuss key scenarios for integratio

9/15/2005

11:30:00 AM

12:45:00 PM

Mike Henderlight

PRS

DAT324

Using the .NET Language Integrated Query Framework with XML Data

9/16/2005

10:30:00 AM

Dremy

DAT

TLNL12

Tips & Tricks: Productivity Tips for the Visual Basic 2005 IDE

9/16/2005

12:00:00 PM

JaySch

TLN

FUN222

Windows Vista (“Longhorn”): What’s New in Software Installation for Windows Vista: Exploring the Windows Installer (MSI) and ClickOnce Options

Windows Vista & "Longhorn" Server features two software installation technologies: Windows Installer (MSI) and ClickOnce. This session covers the methodologies behind the two software installation approaches, provides guidance on which technologies work b

9/16/2005

1:00:00 PM

2:15:00 PM

Tyler Robinson; Jamie Cool

FUN

TLN319

Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon"): Adding Rich Design-Time Support to Your Custom Controls

Come to this session to learn how to build rich design-time capabilities for your Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly codename "Avalon") controls for Visual Studio and and Designer tools.

9/16/2005

1:00:00 PM

2:15:00 PM

Mark Boulter

TLN

Finally, I saw a blog post that I just had to link to. It's from Mike Schinkel and I totally agree with him about how MY makes such a difference in VB. You can find it here.