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    Even though this event has already run in cities across the United States, it was still exciting when it came to the Minneapolis convention center. On a very snowy day, something like 3,000 attendees braved lousy traffic to get downtown. I took plenty of notes and hope to type them all out for Group29. The SQL Server 2005 (code named “Yukon”) and Visual Studio 2005 (code named “Whidbey”) are finally here and ready for action.

    There seemed to be fewer vendor booths than at the Windows 2003 server/Visual Studio .NET release two years ago.


    In the opening moments we were treated to some major marketing hype. It was revealed that Orange County Choppers uses SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Dynamics GP to run their business. (American Chopper Celebrity business owners Paul Teutel Sr. and Paul Teutel Jr. both appear promoting Microsoft!)

    We also saw a demo from HMV, a company unknown to me, but obviously a large (200+ stores) chain of music stores in the UK. Their logo image of the dog listening to the gramophone made me think of the RCA/Victor “His Master’s Voice”, and sure enough it fit. Here is some trivia about the company and the logo.

    HMV have developed a digital download service on line using Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 for their HMV digital service with a downloadable Windows Jukebox application.


    The keynote address emphasized the catch phrase “Trusted Platform”. It is not an official initiative, but apparently a way of presenting Microsoft's platform benefits in a brief phrase. Microsoft's "trusted platform" includes all of the "abilities" Microsoft touts in the Windows Server products: reliability, scalability, availability, and so forth. A trusted platform is also "familiar," including both a widely used platform and a familiar interface and technology. It does not seem to link with the “Trusted Computing” chip initiative in any way.

    It has taken a while, but people are finally starting to understand the .NET framework. Java was a huge buzzword for Sun.When .NET appeared on the scene, people did not really see it as a competitor to Sun, as it only ran on one platform: Microsoft Windows 32 bit operating systems. Java runs on multiple platforms, including all Windows platforms. However just recently it has been announced that .NET has eclipsed Java and LAMP is gaining ground. (Businessweek: Java? It’s so nineties.
    Java had a huge advantage over C++ in that it ran within the Java virtual machine and so was not likely to crash a system. However, the increased portability advertised with the “write once, run anywhere” slogan was not 100% effective across all platforms. Java also has been soundly criticized for poor benchmark performance because of the virtual machine. However, gains have been made in that area. A considerable source of embarrassment was that the Sun version of the Windows Java VM was significantly slower than the Microsoft version.


    After the opening, we started to get into the features the new products. It all came fast and furious. But here are some of the noted points:
    • Ease of the deployment of Web Services with new tools (There are a number of articles on web services at the Microsoft Solution Patterns and Practices Site).
    • XML and Web services were mentioned repeatedly, and most examples later on used an XML web services component.
    • All server products have Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentations (WMI) hooks to facilitate management and automation. (WMI is covered at length in the MSDN library .)
    • All Server products will integrate with Windows 2003 R2 Active Directory Federation Services. (Federated identity management is a standards-based technology and information technology process that enables distributed identification, authentication, and authorization across organizational and platform boundaries. Federated systems interoperate across organizational boundaries and connect processes utilizing different technologies, identity storage, security approaches, and programming models.) There is an integrated security model across all platforms.
    • The .NET Framework 2.0 is FIVE times faster than the .NET framework version 1.1. I cannot find any other information on the web to back up this benchmark, but this was stated by Brian Harry, Product Unit Manager of Team Foundation Server.

    More To Come as I sift through my notes and SWAG!

    On to Part II...
    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2005 @ 11:47:41 UTC by BB
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