It seems like a lot of stuff went down while I was off on vacation. The new DirectX Developer Center is now open for business. When you're looking for that updated DirectX SDK, just keep this link in mind:
We're also linking to a new case study that's very interesting: Microsoft Simplifies Development of Stunning High-Performance Multimedia Applications. From the article:
...Miller saw that exposing DirectX through the .NET Framework could allow him to craft a more elegant API, improve productivity, and open up game development to a variety of programming languages and coders of all skill levels.
Miller and the DirectX team turned the vision into reality by using Visual C++ .NET 2003 to create a "wrapper" for the DirectX 9.0 library that can be accessed from the .NET Framework.