If you can't wait for Tech Ed Developers Barcelona to hear about Astoria the you are lucky when you live in Southampton UK.
On the 18th of October the NextGenUG is having there opening event over there and Guy Smith Ferrier is delivering a preview on this barnd piece of technology:
Microsoft Codename "Astoria"
The emergence of Web 2.0 technologies has brought new opportunities and caused us to solve old problems in new ways. AJAX and Silverlight applications need read/write access to data and business objects without performing full page refreshes and without dumbing down the data so much we are just left with primitives. Microsoft's answer to this problem is Microsoft Codename "Astoria". In short "Astoria" is a data access layer for client-size technologies such as AJAX and Silverlight. This session shows how it works, how you can write "Astoria" data servers and how you can customize "Astoria" to your applications requirements.
You find out a little bit more about the technology if you check out the abstracts for the Tech Ed Developer sessions:
WEB313 Project Astoria: Data Services for the Web [Ranked 289]
Wed Nov 7 10:45 - 12:00 TBC
The Tech Ed site has been revamped and I like the result a lot. I'm a bit sad I will miss my first Tech Ed Europe in 6 years especially since there's going to be quite a lot of new stuff while some sucesses like Speaker Idol will be repeated.
A great opportunity to demonstrate your potential as a speaker. Deliver a short presentation and you can win a Speaker ticket to TechEd Developers 2008. Deadline is Friday 05 October.
Mind you, the last winner of speaker idol has been hired by Microsoft since and will shortly move to Redmond. Are you up for it?