I have just been to a session by Gert Drapers - Understanding and Optimising ADO.NET. I think of all the sessions I have been to at this year's TechEd, thus far, that this one will have most direct effect on the code I write.
If you use ADO.NET to access you SQL Server check out the session slides. The performance gains that are possibility available to you are significant, but I must dash to check my SQL query parameterization!
Robert and Richard are currently soaking up the sights and sounds of TechEd Europe in Amsterdam. Look out for their posts throughout the week.
Black Marble have completed work on the AI for Games project, with the School of Informatics at the University of Bradford. This Microsoft-supported project was instigated to teach students about AI with an interesting and unusual approach. Black Marble adapted Virus and Terrarium for use in lessons, and by all accounts the students benefited a great deal from the course, as well as enjoying it immensely!
More details on our website soon.