Ready to Rock the Launch!

Post ImageToday was Edmonton’s turn to host the Launch Event 2005, Microsoft’s big push around the release of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. The completely booked event took place all day today at SilverCity in West Edmonton Mall with TechNet leading the morning sessions and MSDN taking over in the afternoon. All in all I’d say that things went very well!

There are so many new technologies and features in the three products that cramming them all into a one day event is impossible. I think the speakers (both from MSDN and TechNet but particularly from MSDN) did an excellent job of sharing just enough. It wasn’t fluff, but it wasn’t over-your-head crazy either. Over the next few months there will be many more events around these technologies so that developers and IT professionals can dive in a little deeper. Fortunately, everyone received complimentary software today too, so there’s no excuse not to get your feet wet if you attended!

Edmonton is only stop #3 on the ten city tour, so I wish the MSDN and TechNet teams luck as they continue their trek across Canada. I know the snow last night probably wasn’t the warmest welcome we could have given them, but that’s what you get for hosting an event in Edmonton in November!

I took a one picture today, which you can see in my Flickr stream – lots of developers! There are more pictures and info up on Sasha’s blog too. For members of the Edmonton .NET Wizards, or for anyone who’s interested in joining, please share your feedback on the wiki!

Read: MSDN Canada

VS2005 and SQL2005 RTM!

Post ImageIf you’re a developer like me, you’ve likely been waiting for the release of Visual Studio 2005. The official launch is still November 7th, but it was announced yesterday that VS2005 and SQL Server 2005 have been released to manufacturing, and are available now to MSDN subscribers:

In addition, Microsoft on Thursday detailed a limited-time “migration pricing” program meant to attract customers of competitive databases.

For customers of Oracle, Sybase, and IBM’s DB2 and Informix database, Microsoft will give a 50 percent discount on a SQL Server Enterprise Edition license with the purchase of a regularly priced Software Assurance License. The promotion begins Dec. 1.

Definitely good news for us developer-types, as this means there will not be any more delays! I can’t wait to play with SQL Server 2005. If you haven’t registered for The Launch, taking place in Edmonton on November 15th, go do it right now!

Read: CNET News.com