Special Report from the .NET 3.0 Roadshow

Here we offer coverage of the .NET Roadshow 3.0, which wrapped up a six-city tour in the Boston area and covered Microsoft's major development tools -- WCF, WF, CardSpace and WPF.

The .NET 3.0 Roadshow, a Dr. Dobbs SD Event, was a six-city, two-day crash course in the .NET Framework 3.0. Speakers from the consultancy IDesign led sessions on Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows CardSpace and Windows Presentation Foundation. SearchVB.com was there for the final leg of the roadshow, which was held in the Boston area.

  Windows Communication Foundation

  • Programming SOA with WCF

  • Juval Lowy led several sessions on Windows Communication Foundation, Microsoft's tool for service-oriented programming. WCF provides "off-the-shelf plumbing" that lets developers spend more time on business logic.

  • Instance management, security in WCF

  • Dr. Dobbs' .NET 3.0 Roadshow devoted much attention to Windows Communication Foundation. Here we look at how to manage and secure the message that WCF sends.

  Windows Workflow Foundation

  • An introduction to WF

  • Brian Noyes explained the inner workings of Windows Workflow Foundation, including its hosting model and its communication options. The ultimate goal is to graphically depict business processes in a way everyone can understand.

  Windows CardSpace

  • An introduction to Windows CardSpace

  • Michele Leroux Bustamante offered a look inside Microsoft's new identity metasystem, in which users create "cards" containing personal information. It promises better security that the username and password method of identity management.

  Windows Presentation Foundation

  • Building rich applications with WPF

  • Brian Noyes ended the event by discussing the pros and cons of Windows Presentation Foundation, Microsoft's upcoming UI framework. The "eye candy" is impressive, but the road to it can be bumpy, he said.

  Links from the presenters

  Additional resources from SearchVB.com

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