I’m writing this just before the start of the Dutch Devdays conference in Amsterdam. The conference promises to a good one, with local speakers as well as guest speakers. I’m going to be presenting four  different in-depth topics, all related to database client applications and/or SQL Server 2005 applications, and how ADO.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005 will affect the coding landscape. This will lead right into the talks on language intergrated query (LINQ) an up-and-coming data access technology built into the next release of the C# and VB.NET languages.

I’ll try to write back on how things are going but the next two days are going to find me pretty busy. When I’m not giving presentations and available for questions at the forums, I’ll be hanging out at the Class-A booth; stop by and say hi, if you’re in the neighborhood. Anko Duizer and Astrid Hackenberg are going to be doing some training at Devdays most of Tuesday, as well; knowing their work the sessions will be well worth a listen.

I’ll be following up the Devdays conference with two intense (and fun) days on SQLCLR and SQL Server 2005 XML storage and query at the Class-A facility in Woerden. Now that I’m over my (fairly easy, this time) jetlag, I’m looking forward to some late-night discussions and coding in this one. If you like getting your feet wet with SQL Server 2005 by “drinking from a firehose”, stop by the booth, there may be a few spots left.