Soliciting feedback on event descriptions…

We're putting together some of our marketing materials for next quarter's MSDN Events. I'm interested in your opnions of the session abstracts below. Do they make you feel compelled to see the content? Do you like the titles? Are these too "markety" for developers?

Your feedback is welcome! Thanks.



ASP.NET 2.0 – Bringing the Web Platform into the 21st Century

ASP.NET is a powerful set of tools for building dynamic, high performance, data-driven Web applications. ASP.NET 2.0 makes it even better by making you more productive, reducing the amount of code you have to write, making your Web sites easier to manage, and improving your Web site's scalability, reliability, and performance. In this three-part tour-de-force, you’ll see aspects of ASP.NET 2.0 from user interfaces to data to performance that will make creating your web applications better and easier than ever before.

Session 1: Developing Compelling User Interfaces with Ease in ASP.NET 2.0

Creating web user interfaces has come a long way since the days of hand-coding HTML and dealing with form postbacks. But even with ASP.NET 1.x you still have to deal with the complexities of maintaining a common look-and-feel across your site, as well as providing navigation. ASP.NET 2.0 takes web UIs to a whole new level with a rich set of new controls and IDE features. In this module, you’ll see how ASP.NET 2.0 solves these issues and more. We’ll start with a tour of Master Pages and show you not only the benefits at runtime, but during design time as well. We’ll show you how easily Themes will let you establish a consistent appearance across your entire site. And we’ll show you how managing site maps - including menus, trees and “breadcrumbs” for navigation - is as easy as X-M-L.


By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to establish a common look and feel for your web application
  • How to manage and customize that look and feel
  • How to build dynamic navigation elements for your site


This session will illustrate the following:

  • Architecture of Master Pages
  • Interacting with Master Pages from an ASPX page
  • Architecture of Themes
  • Working with Themes at design time and programmatically
  • Navigation Controls and Site Maps

Session 2: Data Access with ASP.NET 2.0

What’s an application without its data? And what’s an ASP.NET application without having to use DataSets, DataAdapters and Connections? Well, if it’s an ASP.NET 2.0 application utilizing new features of ADO.NET 2.0, the answer is “more powerful.”  In this session we’ll explore the new concept of declarative data sources and the numerous ways you can work with data without writing a single line of code. You’ll see several powerful new data-bound controls in action including the GridView and DetailsView. We’ll also take a look at improvements to typed DataSets and the new TableAdapters, as well as sophisticated ways to handle hierarchical data. Finally, we’ll see how ObjectDataSources brings together the wonderful world of data binding and the business objects of a true n-tier architecture.


By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to use the new databound controls like GridView, DetailsView and FormView
  • The architecture of declarative data sources
  • How to integrate SQL Server Reporting Services with a windows application


This session will illustrate the following:

  • Working with declarative data sources
  • Data binding to data sources
  • Passing parameters to data sources without code
  • Binding to hierarchical data
  • Binding to business objects
  • Using typed DataSets and TableAdapters

Session 3: Building High Performance Applications with ASP.NET 2.0

Your website may have great functionality and a stunning user interface, but if it can’t scale it’s practically useless. In this session, we’ll explore the many improvements in ASP.NET 2.0 that will help you get the maximum performance out of your sites. We’ll start by comparing options for page output caching and data source caching. Next, we’ll cover how ASP.NET 2.0 can invalidate the cache in response to data changing in the database. We’ll show you how to use client-side script callbacks to avoid posting entire forms back to the server, a technique gaining popularity under the term AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML). Finally, we’ll walk you through various ways to deploy your site to provide the highest performance possible.


When you leave this session, you will understand: 

  • The various ways that caching in ASP.NET 2.0 enhances website performance
  • How ASP.NET communicates with SQL Server to prevent stale data in the cache
  • The benefits of using out-of-band communication from web browser to server
  • Performance considerations when publishing an ASP.NET 2.0 site


This session will introduce key performance-enhancing features of ASP.NET 2.0: 

  • Configuring Page Output Caching
  • Caching a Data Source
  • SQL Cache Invalidation with SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005
  • Post Cache Substitution
  • Using Client Callbacks from your ASP.NET page
  • Deployment techniques to optimize performance

Comments (9)
  1. Matt Ranlett says:

    I like what I see. I’d love to see some personalization info in the first session. In the second section I’d really love to see some codegen for my business objects (I hate creating data access layers). In the third section I’d like to see some asynch threaded programming.

    Ok, maybe I’m asking for a lot. You did ask for feedback

  2. Tobin Titus says:

    You know I will be there no matter what, but this actually looks like something I would attend if I didn’t know this stuff already. You might, however, want to talk a little bit about the provider model in general somewhere.

  3. RichNC says:


    I haven’t started learning ASP.NET 2.O yet but everything listing looks good. I’ll be there.


  4. RichNC says:


    I haven’t started learning ASP.NET 2.O yet but everything listing looks good. I’ll be there.


  5. Anonymouse says:

    "bringing into the 21st Century" might be a little over-the-top…

  6. GlenGordon says:

    Yeah, I’m not crazy about it either. Problem is, we usually need a one sentence description or headline to answer the question "So, what are you presenting on this quarter". Right now, the answer is "ASP.NET 2.0" but that’s way too vague I guess. Another one I have on the back burner is "ASP.NET 2.0 – The Six Million Dollar Web Platform" as in "better, stronger, faster" 🙂

  7. The content looks great, but the titles do not really lead you to know what the topic will be on. This seems like all marketing "Bringing the Web Platform into the 21st Century", what is the MSDN Event really trying to give developers? The main title says nothing about ASP.NET 2.0 which is what the sessions look like they cover. Again great content and I look forward to it.

  8. Raja says:

    Looks fantastic and very relevant. Just wondering if there are any plans to have a VB & C# track for all these sessions.

  9. Todd Schultz says:


    These planned sessions are right on track. Whereas Windows development kind of takes care of itself regardless of platform, where I have found the .Net approach to be of most use is in Web applications. It is not as though Web development is the only thing, but relative to web apps, Windows apps are easy. Looking forward to August’s seminars.

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