Today we are formally launching Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008 here in Los Angeles.  The opening keynote featured Tom Brokaw (of NBC Nightly News fame) and Steve Ballmer. 

The event is very well attended, to the point where we did not have sufficient room in our Developer Track.  My apologies to those who wound up waiting or filing through the room in long lines :(

In my presentation we went through new user experiences with Expression and Visual studio both for the web and the client, the collaboration experience for designers and developers as well as project managers / devs / tests, and finally productivity including technologies like LINQ.  There is a lot of cool stuff in this release so I hope you will try it out.

At the end of my presentation there were three links I wanted to share here as well:

  • You can install trial versions of VS2008 here
  • You can find more information about the .NET Framework at the developer center here
  • Finally, you can find several Software + Services Blueprints on channel9 here

During the presentation an gentlemen asked about more resources on using ASP.NET AJAX with existing web sites.  You can find a ton of data on www.asp.net, including the learn tab.  There are also a lot of white papers available on this page.

Another person asked about performance of using LINQ to SQL.  The LINQ provider will generate pretty decent default SQL to use for getting its data.  Usually when I see perf issues it has more to do with custom queries you may have spent a significant amount of time crafting.  Under these circumstances the best solution is to create a stored procedure and use that.

[Update]  I've had a couple of folks ask where they can view some of the online material.  You can watch webcasts of Tom Brokaw and Steve Ballmer from this site, along with some of the case studies.

If you are in LA I look forward to chatting with you.  If you are going to the Melbourne event, I will see you next Tuesday <g>