I'm presenting at TechEd in Los Angeles next week. If you're at the event I hope you'll come to my talk. It is "OFC204 Easy SharePoint Development with VSeWSS 1.3".
The talk is suitable for developers who currently don't work on SharePoint. I will demo the coding of building a simple SharePoint web parts that accesses SharePoint data lists. I will also talk about the types of applications people build on SharePoint, how you can integrate SharePoint development with application lifecycle management tools and about the first SharePoint development best practices you need to know and tools to help you with them.
Find my talk here: http://www.msteched.com/sessionlist/default.aspx
Or find it here: Mon 5/11 | 2:45 PM-4:00 PM | Room 153