I'll be speaking at the Triad SQL Server Group on Tuesday, February 17, at 6:00 pm. The topic is "The LINQ Revolution":
Microsoft's inclusion of query capabilities as a first-class language component in .NET, along with two object-relational mapping (ORM) solutions in LINQ to SQL and the Entity Framework, will change the ways that you develop database applications. This will be an open discussion, where you choose the topics of greatest interest, including anything from LINQ syntax and code generation to ORM, domain-driven design, n-tiered design issues as they related to LINQ and ORM, the changing role of stored procedures with ORM, and entity-relationship modeling now that E-R models can be represented directly in code.
Presentation materials and sample code are here.
If you're in the area, I hope to see you there!
ETA: Date changed again. This time we won't let it snow that day!