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From WinFX and Visual Studio Team System to the latest VS2005 tips, has Tech Ed covered. This page highlights what's happening at the conference and offers resources for working with Microsoft's latest technology.

Tech Ed 2006 came to Boston, and was there in full force. Our coverage begins with news of a Visual Studio Team System addition that is sure to get attention at the show. We'll be at Sunday night's keynote, featuring Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie and senior VP Bob Muglia, and at various briefings and breakout sessions as the week progresses. We also bring you the latest product news from the expo floor.

  News from Tech Ed 2006

  • WCF expert on management, security and loose coupling (July 3, 2006)
    Craig McMurtry, co-author of Windows Communication Foundation Hands-on! -- one of the first books to tackle Windows Communication Foundation and one of the most popular titles at Tech Ed -- discusses what distinguishes WCF from Microsoft's previous distributed system tools.
    Podcast: Craig McMurtry on WCF 101

  • Tip: Migrate from ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0 in five steps (June 28, 2006)
    Microsoft says migrating a Web application from ASP.NET 1.x to 2.0 can be done in as little as half an hour. This tip outlines the five-step migration process.

  • Tech Ed series: Visual Basic past, present and future (June 23, 2006)
    This three-part series looks at Tech Ed sessions devoted to VB 6, VB 2005 and VB 9.
    Part 1: Can VB 6 and VB.NET forms coexist?
    Part 2: Tips and time-savers for VB 2005 application development
    Part 3: Visual Basic's future: LINQ, Orcas and, yes, VB 6

  • Tech Ed offers insight into inner workings of WinFX (June 19, 2006)
    Several Tech Ed 2006 sessions addressed .NET 3.0 and how its individual parts will apply to both existing and new applications. Here we look at connecting WCF to COM+, using workflow in ASP.NET 2.0 apps and binding data in WPF.
    Podcast: At Tech Ed, .NET 3.0 makes an appearance

  • Gates reduces role at Microsoft; Ozzie, Mundie move up (June 15, 2006)
    Microsoft announced Thursday that Bill Gates will transition into a lesser role at the company to expand his charitable work. Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie are taking new titles immediately, while Gates will step down in July 2008.
    Mike Gunderloy's thoughts on the transition

  • What VSTS brings to the development team (June 14, 2006)
    The pressure to release an application can cause developers to skimp on testing. Features within Visual Studio Team System address this fault well, one Tech Ed expert said.

  • Visual Studio Team System aims at DB crew (June 13, 2006)
    A new edition of the Visual Studio Team System aimed at database developers and administrators publicly debuted at Tech Ed. One database developer said the announcement made his day.
    Visual Studio Team System adds database personality

  • James Newkirk talks code refactoring (June 13, 2006)
    Software applications can evolve through refactoring and design patterns. In his presentation on Day Two of Tech Ed, James Newkirk talks about what is needed for successful pattern implementation. (TheServerSide.NET)

  • Tech Ed keynote: Ozzie touts software as service (June 12, 2006)
    At Tech Ed, Ray Ozzie said he foresees a new era of "services disruption" as consumers and businesses use Web-borne applications to perform common tasks.
    Podcast: Reaction to the Tech Ed 2006 keynote
    IT managers bullish about software services

  • Windows admins, developers merge worlds at TechEd (June 11, 2006)

  • Analysis: What the Tech Ed tea leaves reveal about Visual Basic (June 2, 2006)

      Product announcements at Tech Ed 2006

    Given that Tech Ed attracts 10,000 delegates, it's no wonder that third-party vendors announce new and updated products. Here we summarize the most important new releases for the .NET developer.

  • Adesso introduces developable data sync
  • Eclipse IDE plug-in accesses Team Foundation Server
  • Compuware updates QA, diagnostics monitoring tools
  • Refactor! Pro now offers more than 50 refactorings
  • Active Endpoints extends BPEL services to .NET
  • Telerik adds Ajax capabilities to ASP.NET controls
  • Mobiform's Aurora generates XAML-based graphics
  • Symphoniq app tester, manager helps Microsoft's social networking project
  • Windows Developments: Product news, June 2006

      Tech Ed 2006 resources

    There's a lot to learn at Tech Ed. However, if attendees are unfamiliar with the latest buzzwords, acronyms and best practices, then they risk of missing out on a lot of important information. These resources from will catch you up to speed on the latest Microsoft technology for .NET developers and how to work with it.

    Learning Guide Special Report
    Ajax Smart client development
    ASP.NET 2.0 VB 6-ro-VB.NET Migration
    Visual Studio Tools for Office
    Visual Studio 2005 Team System
    Windows Presentation Foundation
    Windows Communication Foundation
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