I covered earlier the WCF and WF PDC talks that the team is doing, but there are many other groups coming to PDC to talk about web services. Here is a sample of ten of those other talks that I think WCF developers may find interesting.
Developing REST Applications with the .NET Framework by Don Box and Henrik Nielsen
Come hear an overview of the REST principles and why REST is becoming popular beyond traditional Web applications. Learn how to write applications that produce and consume RESTful services using the .NET Framework 4 and the improvements we have planned for future versions of the .NET Framework.
Building Amazing Business Applications with Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft .NET RIA Services by Brad Abrams
Learn how to build n-tier Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on Silverlight by tapping the power of .NET RIA Services. Walk through an example of building an application from scratch using the pattern run-time components and tools provided by .NET RIA Services. See how it helps you write application logic to expose data and operations in a carefully controlled fashion using tools integrated into Visual Studio with support for validation, authentication, authorization and handling units of work.
Queuing and Publish/Subscribe in a Heterogeneous Environment by David Ingham and John O'Hara
Queuing and publish/subscribe are common patterns for building loosely-coupled, distributed applications. Learn how to use Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) the new Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0 routing service, the Microsoft .NET Service Bus, and Microsoft BizTalk Server to easily connect heterogeneous systems. We then introduce AMQP (the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol), an important new open standard for interoperable message-oriented middleware, which will reduce the friction in connecting heterogeneous clients. A real-world scenario shows AMQP in action, connecting WCF, Microsoft Excel, and Java-based clients.
REST Services Security in Windows Azure using the Access Control Service by Justin Smith
Come hear how easy it is to secure REST Web services with the Access Control Service (ACS). Learn about ACS fundamentals including how to request and process tokens, how to configure ACS, and how to use ACS to integrate your REST Web service with Active Directory Federation Services. Also see how to apply ACS in a variety of scenarios using a few popular programming models including the Windows Communication Foundation and Microsoft ASP.NET Model-View-Controller (MVC).
Microsoft ASP.NET MVC 2: The New Stuff by Stephen Walther
Come learn about the new features being introduced with ASP.NET MVC 2. Templated helpers allow associating edit and display elements with data types automatically. Areas provide a means of dividing a large Web application into multiple projects. Data annotations allows attaching metadata attributes on a model to control validation. Client validation enables form field validation without the need to perform a roundtrip to the server. Learn how these new features enable you to be more productive when building ASP.NET MVC applications.
Mastering Microsoft .NET RIA Services by Dinesh Kulkarni
This advanced-level .NET RIA Services session provides an "under-the-covers" view of how the technology works. Come learn about common architectural patterns, key design principles, and tools to work with a variety of data access layers, application logic patterns and client-usage scenarios. Examine query and unit of work patterns, custom methods, validation, authentication and authorization metadata, authoring custom validations, and using asynchronous operations effectively on the client. Hear tips and tricks to help you get the most out of .NET RIA Services in advanced scenarios. This session assumes existing experience with .NET RIA Services.
It's All about the Services: Developing Custom Applications for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Using Microsoft ASP.NET, WCF, and REST by Maxim Lukiyanov
Many developers use services to build and integrate applications and line-of-business systems with SharePoint. With SharePoint 2010, developers now have a wider array of options that include ASP.NET, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and RESTful services. Come get a demo-rich walkthrough of each option and discuss where each of the services might be appropriate and what you stand to gain by using them.
ADO.NET Data Services: What's New with the RESTful Data Services Framework by Pablo Castro
Join this code-heavy session to discuss the upcoming version of ADO.NET Data Services, a simple, standards-based RESTful service interface for data access. Come see new features in action and learn how Microsoft products are using ADO.NET Data Services to expose and consume Data Services to achieve their goals around data sharing.
Evolving ADO.NET Entity Framework in Microsoft .NET Framework 4 and Beyond by Shyam Pather and Chris Anderson
Come see how the ADO.NET Entity Framework enables new capabilities to leverage multiple development approaches, for example the use of code-first, model-first, and database-first. Hear how, regardless of the development approach, developers will benefit from the Entity Framework and the deep integration with the rest of the Microsoft .NET Framework 4, such as the Microsoft ASP.NET MVC, Dynamic Data, and Windows Presentation Foundation.
Networking and Web Services in Microsoft Silverlight by Yavor Georgiev
This session presents an overview of how to expose data to a Silverlight application by accessing SOAP Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services and REST services. In the WCF space, we cover Silverlight 3 approaches for securing services and improving their performance and maintainability. We also cover a specific message pattern called server push, which allows you to implement scenarios such as email clients and real-time chat. In the REST space, we walk through the Silverlight 3 client HTTP stack and new functionality it offers around HTTP verbs, headers, responses, and cross-domain access and talk about future plans for networking and Web services in Silverlight.