Dallas VS 2005 Launch

December 13, 2005    Category: Events


The Visual Studio 2005 Launch in Dallas was almost two weeks ago. Yes, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk 2006 were launch at the same time, but for me, it was all about VS. My talk went well, although there were a couple of “hick-ups” with the demos. Visual Studio croaked on me three times during one demo… as it turns out the VPC was build with the CTP version (Community Technology Preview) of SQL Server (not the RTM final release) and so it was conflicting with Visual Studio when I tried to do a SQL Assembly in VS. What a let down, that is such a cool demo when it works. BTW – if you are using the final release of everything fine! So, there I am (in front of 2000 people) restarting Visual Studio three times, very frustrating.

Everyone got to see Visual Studio’s quick recovery features, that is, it restarts FAST from a drop like that, it even picked up exactly where I had left it. Most of the comments to me afterwords were very positive (?), I guess. People said stuff to me like, “way to tap dance”, “good recovery”, “you handled that blow up great”… not exactly what you *want* to hear after a talk in front of a crowd of 2000.

So, here’s the funny part. Less than four hours later I arrive home and turn on my computer, almost immediately I get an IM from a friend in CANADA; CANADA! He says, “so I hear that you had some blow up at your launch. (!) Yeah, bless the Internet, he read about it from some entry over at Geeks with blogs. So he didn’t know that it was my demo that had locked up a couple of times, but still that was great.

Oh well, at least *I* didn’t puke on stage. Lovely.


One Response to “Dallas VS 2005 Launch”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I was wondering how you replied so quickly.I got home from the event and wrote that blog entry, then you replied to it in what seemed less than an hour. I figured you hit google as soon as you got home to see the response.FYI I updated my comments there… thankfully I havn’t had those kinds of problems and it’s REALLY good to know that it was due to the SQL CTP. Felt pretty bad for ya…



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