Upcoming MSDN Evening sessions and user group presentations

May and June are busy months, as already posted VISUG is hosting the {Heroes Happen Here} Community Launch events but next to that there is more.

MSDN Evening sessions

All MSDN Evening sessions are planned to take place at the Utopolis in Mechelen.

May 6: MSDN Evening: Developing an integrated e-commerce solution using Visual Studio, SQL Server and Dynamics CRM

May 7: MSDN Evening: LINQ for Visual Basic 2008 Developers

June 4: MSDN Evening: Building Windows Installer packages using XML and the WiX toolset

June 11: MSDN Evening: Using Team Foundation Server for Version Control - Best Practices

June 17: MSDN Evening: Mobile xRM - Combine the flexibility of Dynamics CRM with the power of Windows Mobile

SQLUG session

Thursday May 29, 2008 - "Managing, monitoring and troubleshooting SQL Server using Free tools" given by Dirk Gubbels (Microsoft)

Abstract: Out of the box, SQL Server 2005 offers nice tools for managing and monitoring servers and databases. If you want to get an even richer experience and a broader toolset, there are a lot of hidden gems out there, free for you to download and to make the life of the DBA easier. This practical and demo-driven session will show you how to make best use of some of these. Topics include: Extending Management studio with custom reports, Performance dashboard, Sqlio, Dmvstats, RML Utilities and more...

VISUG sessions

VISUG is hosting 8 (yes 8!) {Heroes Happen Here} Community Launch events, and now an extra special session has been added with Ken Levy. Ken is community program manager on the Visual Studio Ecosystem team at Microsoft.

VSX: Extend Your Visual Studio Development Experience - Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Visual Studio provides a great set of development tools out of the box, and extending your platform with additional functionality brings you the benefits of the expanding VS ecosystem.

Fasten your seat belt and get ready for a demo-centric roller coaster ride touring the end to end story around extending Visual Studio. From adding free or commercial extensions to VS like those found on our new http://visualstudiogallery.com web site, to building your own simple extensions for your own use, to distributing integrated packages to others for free, to creating a business or commercial product for VS developers, to innovating applications based on the new VS Shell royalty and license free. VSX, a shortcut name for Visual Studio Extensibility, represents the community which is a virtual and growing ecosystem that includes the VS SDK, all aspects of extending VS (packages, add-ins, macros, visualizers), .NET developers who extend VS, VSIP (Visual Studio Industry Partner) program companies, and the VS SDK team (also known as the VSX team or the VS Tools Ecosystem team).