Not sure how this one slid by me, but the MSDN Developer Freedom Roadshow is coming to Pittsburgh on September 19, 2008. Since itâ€™s being held at the MS offices, registration is limited to capacity (roughly 4 dozen or so). The program looks to be very interesting, especially the morning half:
The Fundamentals of Liberty: Web Development Basics
Want to take advantage of the cool stuff that you can do with ASP.NET, but not sure where to start? Whether youâ€™re a Windows programmer who hasnâ€™t ventured into the web world yet, or coming from classic ASP or similar scripting languages, this session is for you. In this session, weâ€™ll provide an overview of the .NET frameworkâ€™s powerful web development features, from ASP.NET and its Web Forms programming model, to basic web services, to give you a foundation you can use to jump-start your web development efforts.
The Framerâ€™s Intentions: Whatâ€™s New in .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 for Web Developers and ASP.NET MVC
In the first part of the session we will look into new features for web development that are introduced in the .NET framework 3.5 SP1 — ADO.NET Entity Framework , ASP.NET Dynamic Data, and ADO.NET Data Services. In the second part, we will introduce the ASP.NET MVC framework, which enables you to easily implement the model-view-controller (MVC) pattern for Web applications. This pattern lets you separate applications into loosely coupled, pluggable components for application design, processing logic, and display. A key benefit of ASP.NET MVC applications it that they provide clean URIs that can also be accessed in a RESTful manner.
More information and sign up at http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032388335