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     Goliath at the speed of David - Microsoft Launch 2008: Servers + Visual Studio
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

    On April Fools day 2008, I attended the traveling launch show for Microsoft Windows 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008. I already watched the online sessions in the virtual launch at the site, so I had some insight as to what to expect. This show had an improvement over the previous Visual Studio and Windows releases at the Minneapolis Convention center. This time the vendor display was off the main level and moved down to Hall A in the lower level. This kept it much more low key and less like a circus.

    See also: Windows Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007 Launch tour - Part I
    and SQL Server 2005 - Visual Studio 2005 - BizTalk Server 2006 Launch, Part I

    There were still lots of vendor swag. The item of the day was the lime green Dell bags, which ran out early. These cloth bags are a hit at the conventions. At the Minnesota State Fair, the St. Thomas University purple bags run out within a few hours on the opening days.

    At the Windows Mobile booth, I asked why I should buy any of their devices instead of an iPhone. They said that until gesture-based Windows Mobile 7.0 devices release onto the market, that I should buy the iPhone. They estimate 18 months for new devices that compete with the iPhone. Note to self, buy iPhone and shop for Windows Mobile two years from now when my contract runs out. Of course, the 3G iPhone next generation will be out by then.

    See my article about my new iPhone purchased 5 days later.

    During the presentation, we heard presented as fact, the Urban Legend of Data Mining about Wal Mart and the big diaper and beer discovery!

    Some of the big takeaways
    The development and release of Windows Server Core was driven by the fact that 40-60 percent of the vulnerabilities in the server product are due to GUI applications.

    Oracle has been increasing to hundreds of critical vulnerabilities per year (244 in 2007 according to the presentation) versus zero for SQL server. The Code Red worm was a very valuable lesson that inspired Security Development Lifecycle.

    SMB 2.0 with Vista SP1 and Server 2008 will increase file transfer performance. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 introduce SMB 2.0, which is a new remote file serving protocol that Windows uses when both the client and server support it. Besides correctly processing client-side symbolic links and other NTFS enhancements, SMB 2.0 uses batching to minimize the number of messages exchanged between a client and a server.

    Virtualization is getting bigger and bigger, Hyper V layer installed on Windows 2008 is Microsoft’s play into virtualization. The Virtual PC guy over the last year had published a number of examples of getting programs running in virtual PC, but has been publishing mostly Hyper V tips since the announcement of Hyper V on November 12.

    Visual Studio 2008 team system replaced Cruise control build automation, Subversion revision control, and Visual Studio 2005 on a project case study at the Thompson Corporation. As seen in since Visual Studio team system 2005, the task manager and source control integrated across a team is huge.

    Visual Studio 2008 New features: LINQ (biggest innovation in .NET 3.5), Split screen HTML development, JavaScript debugging, JavaScript in-line intellisense, and viewing the CSS properties list on ASP page items. I have been using Visual Studio 2008 for a few months now. The LINQ is not as intuitive as I thought it would be since I have been using SQL for more than a dozen years. LINQ (Language Integrated Query) code combines the SQL code and VB/C# code needed to iterate lists and dramatically shrinks the number of lines of code. The buzz phrase was "Goliath at the speed of David"

    SQL Server 2008 has a new Geography field that uses spatial data that integrates with Virtual Earth. Here is an example of it in use. and also from SQL Server books online SQL Server report designer is a new GUI, but you need to have an understanding of your underlying data. Hopefully, your tables do not consist primarily of TEXT(50) columns with no relationships were set up. Analysis services 2008 gives data mining capability and adds an analyze menu item to Microsoft Excel

    We saw combined demos of IIS 7.0 management console and SQL Server management console. SQL Server: Resource governor. IIS: Shared config on default web site so others can manage.

    The demonstrators all used a cool zoom and outline tool. It turns out that it is a free program called Zoomit. Systinternals wizard Mark Russinovich wrote it. It was deceptive in that that I thought it was part of Terminal Services Remote Desktop client, but the program actually resided on the system that was the remote desktop host. That piece of functionality preoccupied me during the sessions.

    On to Goliath at the speed of David - Microsoft Launch 2008: Servers + Visual Studio Part 2 >>

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