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Visual Studio 2005 Launch

December 10th, 2005 (12:46 pm)

Edinburgh must be about the last place on the planet that the Visual Studio 2005 (and SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2005) Launch came to, but it made it into Scotland on Wednesday.

Three of us went along from work; myself, qidane and our recently recruited graduate.

I wasn't sure that qidane and I would get much out of it, as we've been involved with Visual Studio 2005 for over a year now, but it just goes to show you shouldn't make rash assumptions. Both of us picked up new information about SQL Server - which we haven't been following so closely - and also about Team System. There's only so much you can keep an eye on, and these are huge products.

There was a small satisfaction for us in seeing the Insights Learning and Development Ltd. entry on page 41 of the UK Readiness Guide, with a quote from me on how useful the tools are for improving code quality. For such a small piece of content, it's been through several marketing revisions both at our end and Microsoft's (all with mutual approval of course) but it still mostly makes sense!

I wasn't sure whether the giveaways trumpetted as part of the US launch would extend to the UK - quite often they don't - but we each came away with a voucher for free (not for resale) copies of Visual Studio 2005 Professional, SQL Server 2005 Standard and BizTalk Server 2006. I haven't a clue what I'll do with BizTalk - an undoubtedly useful application, but not one I have a need for - but I'm looking forward to the arrival of the others.


Posted by: Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur)
Posted at: December 10th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)

I wasn't sure whether the giveaways trumpetted as part of the US launch would extend to the UK

But what about t-shirts, bags, cuddly Bill Gates and the like? :)

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 10th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)

A few pens and a couple of garrottes badge chains.

Posted by: Scotty (scottymcleod)
Posted at: December 10th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)

BizTalk is one of those applications / systems that until you find realise how much simpler / quicker / organised it could have made what you wanted to do you have no need for it.

It has been described to me as a product only existing users will buy.

I have some experience of seeing it used as the plumbing that made a whole lot of business process produce useful results without the great expense of a bespoke system.

No idea how to make it do anything and it does look fairly intimidating but I do get the feeling in the right situation it is doing a lot for certain companies.

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