There's a session at TechEd this year which sits waaay down at the bottom. Last session. Last day. Friday, 3:45pm-5:00pm.
Officially this session is titled: ".NET Framework: What's New in the Framework for V2.0 Paul Glavich and Dave Glover". The unofficial name for this session is: "The Hour of Power!".
This is a session where a bunch of people get to stand up for 10 minutes and show-off their absolute favourite part of .NET V2. For me this is an absolute no-brainer - The ASP.NET Portal Framework. During my "10 minutes of fame", I'll show how you can extend the CatalogZone web control to convert it into a fully-functional, Sharepoint-like Catalog.
Take a look at these 2 images to compare the differences between a standard Sharepoint Catalog and a standard Web Portal Catalog:
The Sharepoint gallery has a much nicer UI with all of those icons and super-styled hover buttons for the categories and parts. It also supports rich Galleries such as the Online Gallery and also the Virtual Server Gallery. I'll show how to add both of these features into your Catalog.
By the end of my 10 minutes session you will - hopefully - see how to extend the base CatalogZone class to override its rendering. You'll also see how to implement these specialized galleries so that you can, for example, have galleries which store their parts in the database and are accessed via web services by multiple applications.
So, don't miss this session... there will be plenty of time for Margharitas when we are done ;-)