If you're headed to PDC2008 in October (and I hope you are!) you should consider registering for one of the pre-conferences. The pre-conferences are focused on helping you get the most out of Microsoft technologies which are available today, so that you bring home knowledge that you can apply immediately. The pre-conferences happen the day before PDC2008 officially starts (October 26). By attending a pre-conference you can get up to speed on all of the latest technologies so you are best prepared to hear about all of the the future technologies being discussed during the rest of the week at PDC.
There are many great pre-conferences to choose from. I wanted to highlight one that I am particularly excited about: Getting More Out Of Visual Studio Team System 2008. This all-day pre-conference is being presented by one of the Team System MVP's, Brian Randell. If you've seen Brian present then you know that he's a great instructor with a lot of passion for teaching people about developer technologies.
The full pre-conference description is below. I hope you can make it!
Get More Out of Visual Studio Team System 2008 Presenter(s): Brian Randell
This pre-conference will focus both on implementing best practices and avoiding worst practices when working with Team Foundation Server and the suite of client tools. Throughout the day you will cover end-to-end life cycle management. Begin with guidance on defining your team project, source code control, and project classifications system, tips for customizing your process templates and using work items to drive your teams progress. From there you will learn effective techniques for getting your builds set up and running, using quality practices and tools including unit testing, web testing, test publication, profiling and load testing. We close by covering how to move forward once a major milestone is complete. This session assumes familiarity with Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Client Tools; each section of the session will provide practical guidance so that you are getting the most of VSTS and you leave prepared for changes coming in future releases of Team System.