Dallas VS 2005 Launch

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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.

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About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is an international speaker, author and 6 time Microsoft MVP award recipient, he currently works for Solera as a Director of Software Development. An entertaining and informative speaker who approaches software from a fresh perspective that spans UX, agile practices and technologies for enterprise customers from across the globe. Leading UX product design teams, coaching multi-team agile transformations and architecting and mentoring at some of the largest companies in the world, As a long time community leader and former Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Founder and Principal Mentor of Proaction Mentors, former UX Manager and Agile Coach, Senior Architect for Six Flags Corporation, Product Architect on a Cloud Marketing Platform, Caleb has made a career out of empowering others while building products and teams that delight customers and solve business needs. You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) or his blog, DevelopingUX.com and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email