Microsoft PDC to feature various technologies

Windows, Silverlight, Oslo, and cloud computing among many efforts to be detailed at conference

Microsoft bills its upcoming Professional Developers Conference as a gathering of developers and architects and a chance to understand the future of Microsoft's platform. From this backdrop, the Los Angeles conference, which begins on October 26, is set to feature insights on a host of technologies ranging from model-driven software development to cloud computing and the Windows OS.

Highlights include a Community Technology Preview of Microsoft's "Oslo" software modeling platform, as well as sessions on the company's "Dublin" application server extensions for Windows. Microsoft's planned cloud OS, dubbed "Red Dog," also is expected to draw a lot of attention.

In some cases, technologies from different spaces will mesh together at the conference, such as during a session entitled, " 'Dublin' and .Net Services: Extending On-Premise Applications to the Cloud."

"Would you like to extend your existing SharePoint and .Net applications both on-premises and to the cloud in a non-intrusive way? This session will show you real-world examples of how to harness .Net Services workflow, access control and service bus to enhance business processes and add new capabilities to your application," the session description reads. "We will demonstrate the use of 'Dublin' Windows application server technologies to build extended application functionality. Lastly, you will see how workflow can be used to integrate across multiple organizations and the cloud," the session description reads.

Developers will have an opportunity to delve into specifics of the Oslo platform, including the planned M language set to anchor Oslo. "The 'Oslo' language, at the heart of the Oslo modeling platform, allows developers to quickly and efficiently express domain models that power declarative systems, such as Windows Workflow Foundation and 'Dublin,'" one session description reads.

For cloud computing, sessions are featured on cloud service development and problems being solved by cloud computing. Microsoft will present a cloud services road map for the next few years.

Windows 7 will be highlighted from various perspectives, including audio communications applications, design principles, designing background processes, and developing multitouch applications. Extension of battery life with Windows 7 is another topic covered at a PDC session.

Microsoft's Silverlight rich Internet application technology will be covered, including from a mobile application development angle. A road map also will be laid out for the 4.0 version of ASP.Net, Microsoft's technology for building Web sites. F#, Microsoft's functional programming language for the .Net Framework, will be pondered at PDC as well.

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