In Visual Basic 9.0, XML becomes a built-in data type with a rich editing experience that completely eliminates the conceptual barrier between the code that you write and the XML that you're trying to express. It will cover tips, tricks, and gotchas so that developers reach peak performance when programming against XML with LINQ in Visual Basic 9.0.
In this presentation, Scott Davis provides a pragmatic, down-to-earth introduction to Web services as used in the real world by public sites, including SOAP-based, REST and POX-style examples. While the buzzword density leaves nothing to be desired, the presentation contains a very accessible introduction to the core Web services standards.
In this presentation recorded at JAOO, IBM's Rod Smith discusses how technologies such as Wikis are combined with Web services and Atom and RSS feeds to form mashups, enabling the next wave of DIY-IT by combining the flexibility of user-oriented information architecture provided by active content with that of content-in-flight to provide an easy-to-use end-user integration platform.