Next week Tuesday (8/14) in San Diego and Thursday (8/16) in LA  from 1-5pm (FREE)
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topics are LINQ, WCF and Silverlight.

Pre-register at http://www.msdnevents.com/lynn (includes detailed agenda and locations)

Lots of information, demos, resource DVDs, time to talk with other developers who are there, and, of course, giveaways!  I am looking forward to seeing you there.  As usual, I'll post even more resources after the events. 

If you want a 'jump start' here's some information about setting up a development environment.  I've tried to be inclusive - that is - you can go the 'virtual lab' route, the 'what can I do with VS 2005' route, or the 'I want Orcas (VS 2008)  Beta 2 now' route.  I'll be elaborating on this grid in my presentations next week as well.

Product or Tool

Current status

Pre-Release Date

Download

Notes

Virtual PC Orcas (base image)

Beta 2

July 2007

here

n/a

Virtual PC 2007

Final release

Feb 2007

here

free

Virtual Labs WCF/WF in .NET 3.0

CTP w/ VS 2005

March 2007

here

n/a - 90 minutes of use max

Virtual Labs .NET 3.5

VS 2008 (Orcas) March 2007 CTP

July 2007

here

n/a - 90 minutes of use max

LINQ extensions for VS 2005

CTP

May 2006

here

LINQ included in VS 2008

*note  w/VS 2005 SP1 and LINQ bits

WCF extensions for VS 2005

CTP

Nov 2006

here

WCF included in VS 2008

VS 2008 SDK

CTP

July 2007

here

New WCF samples

Silverlight 1.0 runtime

Release Candidate

July 2007

here

IE 6/7 + FireFox - separate download for Mac

Silverlight 1.0 SDK

Release Candidate

July 2007

here

samples

Silverlight 1.1 runtime

Alpha refresh

July 2007

here

IE 6/7 + FireFox - separate download for Mac

Silverlight 1.1 SDK

Alpha refresh

July 2007

here

samples

.NET framework 3.5

Beta 2

July 2007

here

For WCF and LINQ

VS 2008 (Orcas)

Beta 2

July 2007

here

Required for Silverlight 1.1. development

VS 2008 Silverlight 1.1 tools

Beta 2

July 2007

here

Templates, intellisense, debugging, Blend integration

Silverlight media streaming server

Alpha

July 2007

here

Currently free, 4 GB max storage, get SDK  here

ASP.NET Futures

Beta 2

July 2007

here

Silverlight server controls + more

Expression Blend 2

August Preview

August 2007

here

30 day trial

Expression Media Encoder

Preview Update

August 2007

here

30 day trial