There’s a range of events coming up in the next few months;

In February we’ve got Guy Smith-Ferrier coming to nxtgen Oxford to talk about Astoria ADO.NET Data Services, and a nugget from a new speaker, Marc Gravell on adding operators to generics. If you want to come along please register first, it makes my life easier.

What:Ahhh, Ahh, Astoria
The emergence of Web 2.0 technologies has brought new opportunities and caused us to solve old problems in new ways. AJAX and Silverlight applications need read/write access to data and business objects without performing full page refreshes and without dumbing down the data so much we are just left with primitives. Microsoft’s answer to this problem is Microsoft Codename "Astoria". In short "Astoria" is a data access layer for client-size technologies such as AJAX and Silverlight. This session shows how it works, how you can write "Astoria" data servers and how you can customize "Astoria" to your applications requirements.
When:Tuesday, February 12, 2008 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where:Research Machines
183 Milton Park
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4SE

Tony Rogerson and the rest of the database gang are getting their bits out again, with SQLBits registration now open. A free event on the 1st March at the Lakeside Conference centre in Birmingham, with beer and things afterwards. Lovely. You can register via the SqlServerFaq site.

What:SQLBits
20 technical Sessions broken up into 4 tracks covering all areas a SQL Pro is interested in and on top of that a recruitment panel and new product demonstrations - something for everybody - Development, DBA, Business Intelligence and of course SQL Server 2008.
When:Saturday, March 1, 2008 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Where:Lakeside Conference Centre
Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET   England

And of course, in Birmingham again we have the VS2008, Windows 2008, SQL 2008 (in a while) launch. The night before come join the nxtgen Birmingham crowd for pizza and Ian Cooper talking about Linq.

What:Pre-Launch LINQ & Pizza!
Ian Cooper shows us ways to implement LINQ when designing Enterprise Applications
When:Tuesday, March 18, 2008 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where:Faraday Wharf
Holt Street, Aston Science Park
Birmingham, B7 4BB   England

And over the next few months in Oxford we have Roger Whitehead on mobile development, Alan Dean on the MVC framework and more.