One of my goals in getting back into the swing of things after my trip is to dive deep into the new technologies relating to Vista and .Net 3.0. Just before my return, Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of both Vista and NetFX3 were released. I've finally got things installed, and can dig in. Both the Vista install and NetFX3 upgrades on my XP system went great.
While I was gone, I also noticed that Charles Petzold's new WPF book Applications = Code + Markup was also available so I had the nice folks at Amazon get one on it's way. Now that I've had a chance to start getting back into the normal routine I've finally had a chance to start digging into it. So far it appears to be a quality read, full of great content. I'm tempted to skip ahead to some key areas, but every page seems to have something new worth reading.
Speaking of new, Kevin Moore has updated his Bag-O-Tricks WPF samples for RC1. Thanks Kevin! He's even included the infamous Kevin Button shown at Tech Ed and more recently on Channel 9. Nice!