Developers have increasingly more on their minds and on their plates. Though Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework both provide tools that yield an overall increase in productivity during the development cycle, the avalanche of technologies that build upon these foundations can seem overwhelming, if not insurmountable, at times. The goal of this workshop is to help you understand the value proposition of each technology and to prepare yourself to make the most of the rest of PDC. We help you make sense of language and platform trends, data access tier advances, technologies for Windows client and Web application development, the middle tier evolution with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and workflow, identity platforms and technologies, and cloud computing. Want to learn more about this workshop? Check out the Channel9 Knowledge Chamber interview here.