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Time to get your Zune on!
Some links to get you started:
Check it out :)
In honor of the RTM for Visual Studio 2008 (the artist formerly known as "Orcas"), I am having a contest for the best learning resources. Check out my blog post entitled "The RTM of Visual Studio 2008 Is Coming" for more info.
If you went to an MSDN Event this quarter and were pissed that the resources weren't readily available then this is your lucky day: THE RESOURCES ARE UP!!!!!
Get 'em while they're hot! http://msdnevents.com/resources/2007-fall-resources.aspx
Just got done giving the first 100% community run lecture in Second Life on Visual Studio Island. It totally rocked!!! I loved the participation and the interaction level of the audience! Many thanks to my homies Mike , Tori , and Kyle for all their help with the setup.
A special thanks to all who attended the LINQ session today and looking forward to more great presentations coming up. Don't forget about our regular meeting on Nov 24th. My next LINQ session will be Dec 1st. Make sure to check the Second Life .NET Developers DNUG site for dates and times for all our great activities!
Here is a pic of me getting ready for the event earlier today:
Today we released Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition and continued the promise of offering fun, simple and easy-to-learn tools for the non-professional developer:
· Visual Basic Express Edition - productivity tool for first time or casual Windows programming
· Visual C# Express Edition - provides a great combination of power and productivity
· Visual C++ Express Edition - provides the horsepower with a finer degree of control than the other Express products
· Visual Web Developer Express Edition - the easy to use environment for dynamic Web application development
The Web Site
Starting today, the new home for Express is http://www.microsoft.com/express. The Beginner Developer Learning Center can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/beginner. Additionally, we've redesigned the Express Web site to be more about the experience of Visual Studio Express and to make it easier to discover the great assets that each of these products have to offer.
Check it out!!
Visual Studio 2008 Product Guide
Visual Studio 2008 Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade
.NET Framework 3.5 Fact Sheet
Press Pass Feature:
Q&A with S. "Soma" Somasegar
Channel 9 Video:
Conversation with Soma:
Visual Studio 2008 and beyond
S. "Soma" Somasegar
Yes, I knew it was out but wasn't allowed to blog officially yet. Now I can!!!!! Here is the latest and greatest from the marketing folks:
This morning, Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 were released to manufacturing which means that the English version of the product is immediately available to MSDN subscribers. Visual Studio 2008 is the next generation of Microsoft's award-winning development tools and focuses on enabling rapid application development, enhancing collaboration among development teams, and providing development tools support for the latest platforms. For the first time, developers have full tools support for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and the .NET Framework 3.5. The release of Visual Studio 2008 is the first release of the 2008 launch wave that also includes Windows Server and SQL Server.
Visual Studio 2008 enables customers to rapidly create connected applications on the latest platforms, including Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the 2007 Office System, and the Web with the highest quality user experience for the each member of the development teams as well as the end user.
Visual Studio 2008 provides over 200 new features, including.
The .NET Framework 3.5, based on proven technology, adds new features in several major technology areas including:
Happy, Happy! Joy, Joy!
[EDIT: As Guy pointed out on his blog http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/bursteg/archive/2007/11/19/visual-studio-2008-rtm-is-available-for-msdn-subscribers.aspx VS2008 is RTM for MSDN already]
By now it is no secret that Visual Studio 2008 will RTM before the end of November. Soma mentioned this at TechEd Europe and I couldn't be more excited! Make sure you are getting ready with for the new version by checking out our webcasts and other training materials that are available. Here is a list of places to help you get prepared:
Main Visual Studio 2008 Product Page http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/products/default.aspx
Main World Wide Events Website http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/default.aspx?culture=en-US
NOTE: Don't let the name throw you off, this is your best "one stop shop" for getting MS content. Make sure to take advantage of the Virtual Labs! Below is an extremely short list at what I found when I searched on the keyword "linq":
Channel 9 (of course) http://channel9.msdn.com/
And of course the various blogs (on the left hand side) and other resources that crop up. I will be doing a 26 part webcast on new features of VS2008 beginning in December as well.
In the meantime, let's have a contest. Post here with your list of resources for getting up to speed with VS2008. I will randomly choose one person to be the recipient of ONE of these prizes (winner's choice):
Windows Vista Ultimate
Office 2007 Ultimate
Halo 3/Flight Simulator X Combo gift
[Edit: contest extended until 12/1 by popular demand!]
Just in time for the holidays! Contest ends on 11/26/2007 @ 5pm Central. Good Times :)
(MS employees not eligible but shoot me an email if you would like to see an FTE version of this contest)
So we are on a mini-retreat for the Central Region this week. Lots of good stuff to talk about (see later post) but had to get this one out. I went to Dave and Buster's tonight with my buddy J Sawyer and we actually finished House of the Dead 4. I have played many video games but can't recall ever actually finishing one in an arcade before. Naturally we celebrated our victory and made bold plans to become professional gamers some day. In the meantime, we will still keep our day jobs 'til we find corporate sponsorship :)
One of my peers, Paul Andrew, posted a while back on where to get a sweet Framework 3.5 Poster and thought I would share with you because I care :)