Speaking at East Bay.NET Tomorrow Night on VSTO & SharePoint 2010

Wow, welcome back from the holidays! I hope yours were as fun and relaxing as mine were. It’s always a wonderful time of year to stay with friends and family and concentrate on what’s really important in life.

Well it’s time to get back at it and I am refreshed and ready to go! I’m working on a fun-filled presentation for EastBay.NET on building business applications on the Office and SharePoint 2010 platform using Visual Studio 2010. Here’s the official talk description:

Building Business Productivity Solutions with Visual Studio 2010 
The Visual Studio and Office teams have made significant investments in improving the developer experience for building and deploying Office and SharePoint applications. In this demo-heavy session, we will walk through an end-to-end business application built on Office and SharePoint 2010 and discuss architecture options to consider when building these systems. You’ll learn how to use Visual Studio and it’s enhanced set of RAD tools that allows users to consume external line-of-business data within the familiar Office UIs.

When: Wednesday, 1/13/2010 at 6:45 PM
Where: University of Phoenix Learning Center in Livermore, 2481 Constitution Drive, Room 105

Register for this meeting here.

I’m also playing with some Silverlight right now to see if I can squeeze in how to deploy Silverlight web parts to SharePoint 2010. The deployment is made so easy with Visual Studio 2010. (Check out Mike’s Channel 9 interview on how to do it: Implementing a Silverlight SharePoint WebPart with Visual Studio 2010)

And as an added bonus I talked Ward Bell from IdeaBlade (Silverlight MVP) into coming out and presenting FUNdamentals, a 30 minute intro session we do before our main talks here at EastBay.NET. He’s going to show you the basics of WCF Data Services (a.k.a ADO.NET Data Services, a.k.a Astoria). I’ll be using this technology to expose our LOB data to Office and SharePoint but I won’t have time to show you more than a brief overview on how to set it up. So if you’ve never used the technology then come early and learn from Ward how it works.

It should be a very fun filled evening from two awesome speakers (if I do say so myself ;-)) so I hope to see you there.