Visual Studio 2008 Launch Fest - December 5th, 2007

By James at November 21, 2007 07:45
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Dinner: $25.00
Visual Studio: $500.00 (perhaps)
A Visual Studio 2008 Launch Fest at Microsoft, complete with food, drink and prizes: Priceless
Microsoft, actually Woody Pewitt, is hosting a Visual Studio 2008 "Launch Fest" on Wednesday, December 5th 2007 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm + at the Microsoft Irvine offices.

So, you're probably asking, why would I want to go to Irvine on a Wendesday evening? Well, let me tell you.

  1. We will be loading Visual Studio 2008 Professional (Evaluation) on laptops and towers.
  2. Everyone who comes will get a NFR copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional mailed to them after the event.
  3. An on-site competition to show off in 5 minutes or less, what your favourite thing about VS 2008 is.
  4. A Guitar Hero tournament.
  5. Top notch (meaning NO PIZZA!) food and drinks.
  6. Giveaways (Can anyone say XBox and Zune?).

Space is limited to the first 200 registrants. Sign up here:

Microsoft (Woody) is doing this to thank all the So Cal developers by giving them their own copy of VS 2008 before everyone else. Plus, by getting the bits in our hands before everyone else, Microsoft is hoping to get some cool, software out there to show off at the "official" launch in February 2008. Rumour has it that those with the coolest, most kickin' applications will be invited on stage to show it off.

How's that?

I will be heading down early to help out Woody with logistics. If anyone would like to join me and lend a hand, send me an email.


BTW, if you have never been to the Microsoft Irvine offices, you really should go to this event, especially with what Woody has planned for us. This is an opportunity that you will remember for quite a long time.


Latest crazy song in my head Jennifer Lopez - Como Ama Una Mujer - Porqué Te Marchas

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James James is a five time and current Microsoft MVP in Client App Development, a Telerik Insider, a past Director on the INETA North America Board, a husband and dad, and has been developing software since the early days of Laser Discs and HyperCard stacks. As the Founder and President of the Inland Empire .NET User's Group, he has fondly watched it grow from a twice-a-month, early Saturday morning group of five in 2003, to a robust and rambunctious gathering of all types and sizes of .NET developers.

James loves to dig deep into the latest cutting edge technologies - sometimes with spectacular disasters - and spread the word about the latest and greatest bits, getting people excited about developing web sites and applications on the .NET platform, and using the best tools for the job. He tries to blog as often as he can, but usually gets distracted by EF, LINQ, MVC, ASP, SQL, XML, and most other types of acronyms. To keep calm James plays a mean Djembe and tries to practice his violin. You can follow him on twitter at @latringo.

And as usual, the comments, suggestions, writings and rants are my own, and really shouldn't reflect the opinions of my employer. That is, unless it really does.

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