Developing with sharepoint services 3.0 and visual studio 2008

VS 2008 has been released for some while and same accounts for SharePoint Services 3.0. As a developer or experienced .NET Architect and so on you might want to know how to develop with SharePoint Services. I am interested how and therefore I downloaded a time limited VHD (30th September 2009) containing Windows SharePoint Services SP1, Visual Studio 2008. I also wanted some Hands-on Labs to with it and found Developing Applications on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with VS 2005 though, but that should not be problem (maybe challenging). The hands on labs contain a set of 10 Hands on Labs for Developing Applications for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with Visual Studio 2005. These labs are provided in C# and VB.NET languages. Each Hands on Lab is expected to take 60 minutes to complete and no SharePoint development experience is required. Participants are expected to have .NET development experience. The download includes lab manuals, completed lab exercises and any resource files required by the labs. The HOLs included are:

1. Web Parts;
2. Data Lists;
3. Event Handlers;
4. Workflow;
5. Silverlight;
6. Page Navigation;
7. Page Branding;
8. Web Services;
9. Content Types;
10. User Authentication.

Since no experience in SharePoint is needed it is ideal for folks like me. I usually more into SOA, BizTalk and integration, but I sometimes get connected with people creating and building portals. It doesn't hurt to know little about what they are doing. I have to thank Bart Wessel since his blog pointed me in right directions.