This is a blog post for the hundreds of developers in university IT development teams that didn’t get the chance to go to PDC (in LA) or Tech Ed (in Barcelona). Because this time, you’ve got to stand a chance – it’s in London, it’s only a day – and if your boss is at Tech Ed in Barcelona this week*, he might feel guilty enough to say ‘yes’ if you catch him early Monday morning!

After all of the announcements in Los Angeles at the PDC Conference, it seems we’ve got a set of new announcements for developers heading our way next March.

On 23rd March, as part of the DevWeek conference, there’s a Microsoft Professional Developers’ Day

The Professional Developers’ Day (PDD) is a Microsoft exclusive, single-day event designed to give you an early preview of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework V4.0 as unveiled at the 2008 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.

PDD forms part of the DevWeek 2009 pre-conference and promises to deliver a day full of rich developer content through a series of demo-driven, code-based technical sessions. The detailed agenda will be available in mid-November - bookmark the PDD page and check back for updates

http://www.devweek.com/pdd/

Although you'll have to wait until mid-November for the full and detailed agenda, but it's worth me writing about it now because the Professional Developers’ Day normally costs £269, but there’s a special early-bird booking discount of £169 if you book before 12th December via this link

* About 60 UK universities have sent people to the Tech Ed conference this week, learning all about implementation of new technology, so there’s a 30% chance you can find somebody who may be feeling guilty enough on Monday