I'll be speaking on the topic "LINQ: Simplifying Data Handling in ASP.NET" at the Victoria .NET CodeCamp on January 26th.
It's going to be a great (free!) day with expert presenters that include Beth Massi and Richard Campbell.
Here's the abstract for my beginner-level talk:
Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is a "learn once, use everywhere" language addition to VB and C# that makes it easy to query, sort, and filter .NET collections including SQL Server data. This presentation, based chapters from my book "ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies", starts with the basic syntax of LINQ including the From, Select, Where, Aggregate keywords, the Skip and Take operators, and extension methods such as Count, Average, Min, and Max.
During the LinqDataSource control demonstration, you'll see how to use the new ListView control and DataContext object to build a very functional database-driven Web application in ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express.
After my talk, you'll find some of the materials on my new Web site at http://www.kencox.ca/.