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okay, well, not yet, but paul flessner announced today at TechEd that Visual Studio 2005 (along with SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006) will launch the week of November 7.


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writing vs2005 code and using the snippet library?

get snippy.

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if you haven't been watching the certification radar lately, you didn't notice that ms now will have a “Microsoft Certified Architect” distinction to the mix.

big change here, however, is it won't follow the typical certification route (i.e., test only).  read more about the Certified Architect to determine if you are interested and how to prepare yourself!

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DAMN!  Despite all pre-conference materials and inside info, Steve Ballmer *was* the opening keynote (he was originally going to be the keynote for Tuesday).  And because of the late night previously…I chose to sleep in a bit and missed it completely!  ARGH!  I was hoping for a bit of enthusiasm in the morning and possibly another “Developers! Developers! Developers!” rant from SteveB.  Oh well, guess I’ll watch the webcast.

I registered (now carrying around two bags – including the one they give you), which is pretty nice.  We also got the convention shirt in advance (smart move) as well as a bag of DVDs, magazines, marketing material, etc.

On to the complaints.  Wireless lounge: sucked…never got access – got connected, but at < 1MB speeds and couldn’t do anything.  I was using my Verizon aircard all day instead of the commnet stuff!  I couldn’t believe it – they hopefully will have it worked out by tomorrow.  Food: so far it sucks…but this isn’t anything new – you try picking out food for 12,000 people.  I’m gratefully they are providing it and the snacks throughout the day.

Good stuff: facility is HUGE.  Expo is great and big.  Lots of people to see.  I met with a lot of RDs and MVPs throughout the day.

Sessions:  I went to two sessions today.  First was ASP.NET Membership and Profiles.  If you haven’t seen that stuff yet, it is really cool.  I always learn something new every time even though I had seen that information many times before.  The second session was a view of http://www1.msteched.com/content/sessionview.aspx?TopicID=f9102059-5485-40b4-8ba8-7958586651f2 (picture: here).  This was great.  There was a ton more about Generics than I knew about before.  Static classes, generics in method calls, all good stuff.  Anders did a great job about talking about what’s new.  I got a call throughout the presentation and had to step out for the remainder.

Tonight we had a Nerd Dinner for the west region and invited about 30 attendees to join us at the PacMan Café in Orlando…yes, a true nerd dinner.  Nothing says nerd more than pacman, galaga, and pizza :-D.  It was fun to talk with all the guys.  Richard Hundhausen brought his new book on Visual Studio Team System for us to look at – he and other authors did a great job and putting together the material.  I can honestly say it was the first book I’d ever seen that had it’s own “beta” notation! Pictures: Wonder Works (some building upside down), Michael Palermo-Pacman, Pete Miller (well at least his back). 

Tomorrow I’m hoping to tackle MikeFitz to talk about sharepoint v-next and show him some cool stuff that customers are working on to see if they are going in the right direction.  I’ll recap sessions in more detail tomorrow!

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I arrived at TechEd one day early – coming from the west coast this was necessary or I would have missed the first day! (In case you didn’t know, TechEd is in Orlando, FL this year).

My flight sucked.  Not because of the airline, but because the fact that someone sitting around me smelled pretty bad – normally I don’t care…but multiply “normally” by 5 hours.  We also flew into a lightening/thunderstorm in Orlando, so were placed in what seemed to be a figure 8 holding pattern for an additional 40 minutes.

I finally got there and met up with some team members and we went to the hotel.  We are staying at the Ritz Carlton.  Yeah, I know, woe is me.  In all seriousness…I don’t like these types of places.  When we arrived…there was a bellmen about 300 yards even before the bellmen.  Then about an army of 8 blue-jacketed guys trying to take our carry-on bags were there to greet us as well.  This was followed by a gentlemen opening the first door, a different gentlemen opening a second door, and then a concierge to greet us there.  Then after check-in the concierge escorted me to the elevator (which was around the corner) to show me where my room was.  WAY TOO MUCH!  Now before you get the “Microsoft has too much money to spend” – we are staying at the Ritz after a smokin’ deal was arranged.  Truth be told, I’d rather be closer to the convention center.

At any rate, the first day was an INETA event as well as a MS Regional Director event.  I had some invited guests at both of these.  Apparently both were great events and a lot of insight was gained at each.

Afterwards I spent some time with PeteM and Michael Palermo to hear about their days and chat about ways we can better excite the developer community.  It is good to hang out with solid leaders and share ideas…part of this job I really like.

Off to bed…for tomorrow.