Yesterday evening, our 2008 launch event took place at our regular venue in Bracknell. This attracted a full house with over 30 attendees.
Thanks to Clare Burgess at Microsoft, all attendees received a pack of free software including a fully licensed version of Visual Studio 2008. It also included a 12 month license for Windows 2008 Server and a voucher for SQL Server 2008 when released.
During the first part of the evening, I gave talk on the new features in Windows 2008. This included a brief overview of Roles, Features, Server Manager, Terminal Services and IIS7. Next up was Steve Wilmot who gave a session covering many snippets on VS2008 and he did a very good job covering pretty much every new feature in the .Net 3.5 framework!
After a short break for drinks and refreshments, our final speaker Ian Pettman gave a talk on the ‘Agonies and Esctasies’ of LINQ. This included some very useful demonstrations on calling stored procedures form Linq. A much fuller explanation can be found on his site here:
The slides for the evening can be downloaded from the VBUG website here.
I would like to thank Steve and Ian once again for sharing their knowledge with the VBUG community. When it’s not your full time job, it’s hard work putting together a session but it’s definitly well appreciated by everyone who attends.