Highlights of the PDC include a Community Technology Preview of Microsoft's "Oslo" software modelling 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".
According to the conference programme, "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".
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.
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.
Silverlight will be covered, including from a mobile application development angle. A roadmap also will be laid out for the 4.0 version of ASP.Net, Microsoft's technology for building websites. F#, Microsoft's functional programming language for the .Net Framework, will be pondered as well.
Another hot topic at PDC will be virtualisation. "Microsoft Application Virtualisation (App-V), formerly known as Microsoft Softgrid Application Virtualisation, allows companies to create and customise 'virtual packages' of desktop applications that can be streamed over the web, providing a SaaS experience without a costly rewrite of the application," according to the conference website.
Other topics to be covered include:
-- A roadmap for Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation
-- The Sync Framework
-- Mono, which puts the .Net Framework on platforms such as Linux.
-- SQL Server 2008, featuring details on storing and querying semi-structured data.
-- Geneva server and framework, for identity management.
-- Oomph, a microformat toolkit for web developers and designers.