LINQ to SQL being killed off ?
As per Tim Mallalieu's blog, We’re making significant investments in the Entity Framework such that as of .NET 4.0 the Entity Framework will be our recommended data access solution for LINQ to relational scenarios. We are listening to customers regarding LINQ to SQL and will continue to evolve the product based on feedback we receive from the community as well.
That seemed to be the message we've been decoding for a while, so lucky we didn't go down that route.
Ayende gives his first impressions of using the CTP - Ayende on VS2010
Martin Fowler gives his impressions of Oslo based on a sneek preview prior to the release at PDC
Sam Gentile's points to his trusted folks summary for PDC day 2
Silverlight & WPF seem to be coming together according Andres Aguiar's report
The Velocity team have announced Velocity CTP 2. Microsoft project code named "Velocity" provides a highly scalable in-memory application cache for all kinds of data.
Silverlight has Visual State Manager, but it's not yet in WPF. However the Expression Blend team tell us how to expose it - Blend 2 SP1 + WPF Toolkit = Visual State Manager for WPF - see previous blog entry.
J. D. Meier's Patterns & Practices team has been busy with releases of paper guidance