ASP.NET 2.0 at the PDC

The PDC is going to be a big one this year.  ASP.NET V2.0 (aka “Whidbey“) will be among the technologies first publicly shown (and each attendee will walk away with a tech preview release of it).

ASP.NET V2.0 will be a very big release, and will also ship with a major update to the web tool support in Visual Studio.  The combination will radically improve web development -- and will really define a new standard in terms of developer productivity and the time-to-market needed to deliver powerful and personalized web applications.

One of the goals we set at the beginning of the project was to cut down the number of lines of code needed by web developers to build real-world web applications by more than 50% between ASP.NET V1.1 and ASP.NET V2.0.  We think we've already hit this, and when combined with some of the rich tool advances, will cut down the time needed to build a web solution by more than 75%.  We've then coupled these developer productivity advances with major features in the administration, management and caching space that will enable applications to be easily administered and monitored, and scale/perform even better.

The PDC will be the place to learn all about ASP.NET V2.0 (and as I mentioned earlier you'll leave with alpha preview bits).  We'll have 18 unique breakout sessions you can attend (which were just announced today).  These include:

  1. ASP.NET: Overview of ASP.NET "Whidbey"
  2. ASP.NET: Programming with the Data Controls in ASP.NET "Whidbey" (Part 1)
  3. ASP.NET: Programming with the Data Controls in ASP.NET "Whidbey" (Part 2)
  4. ASP.NET: Programming with Master Pages, Themes/Skins, and Navigation Controls in ASP.NET "Whidbey"
  5. ASP.NET: Programming with the Membership, Role Management and Security System in ASP.NET "Whidbey"
  6. ASP.NET: Programming with the Personalization System in ASP.NET "Whidbey"
  7. ASP.NET: Programming with ASP.NET Web Parts in "Whidbey"
  8. ASP.NET: Building Mobile Web Applications Using ASP.NET "Whidbey"
  9. ASP.NET: Programming Using Advanced Caching Techniques in ASP.NET "Whidbey"
  10. ASP.NET: Drill Down into Administration and Deployment APIs with ASP.NET "Whidbey" and IIS
  11. ASP.NET: Troubleshooting, Auditing and Tracing ASP.NET "Whidbey" Applications on IIS
  12. ASP.NET: Speech-Enabling ASP.NET Applications with the New Microsoft Speech Server
  13. ASP.NET: Cool Tips and Tricks in ASP.NET "Whidbey"
  14. ASP.NET: Building Next Generation “Indigo“ Web Services in ASP.NET Web Applications
  15. ASP.NET: Security Best Practices to Protect Against Hacker Attacks
  16. ASP.NET: Building Server Controls for ASP.NET "Whidbey" (Part 1)
  17. ASP.NET: Building Server Controls for ASP.NET "Whidbey" (Part 2)
  18. ASP.NET: Using the Visual Studio "Whidbey" IDE to build ASP.NET Web Applications

You can read abstracts by clicking on this link:×lot=0&future=0&submit=Search+Now%21

There will also be a panel on Thursday with some of the senior architects of the ASP.NET development team, where you can ask us anything about ASP.NET (both the current version and Whidbey) and where we'll be able to share behind the scenes stories, cool tips/tricks, and internal implementation details about the product.

The event will be a lot of fun. I also can't wait to be able to finally talk publicly about what I've been working on the last 18 months. There will be many more blog entries from me coming out after the event is over (apologies for my lack of them lately, I've been heads-down working on V2).... 

For more details on the PDC (and to sign-up to attend), you can check out the public website at:

Hope to see you there,

- Scott


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