On Tuesday Glen Gordon was in town presenting a half day MSDN event Raleigh. For anybody that has never taken advantage of one of these free events, I strongly encourage you to check one out. (Go signup, tell them Rob sent you!) I can't believe more people don't take advantage of these events!
The content covered included:
- Leveraging Application Blocks in Application Development
- Rapid Application Development Features coming in Visual Studio .Net 2005
- XML, XQuery and CLR Integration coming in SQL Server “Yukon”
- Introduction to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services
There are definitely some very cool, useful, and time saving features in VS2005 and Yukon! I was extremely glad that a good deal of the content dealt with technology available today, that we could all take home and immediately use. Glen’s did an excellent job of looking at the Exception Logging, Configuration, and Auto Update application blocks. I think these are great resources for every developer. They are great to use as-is in your apps, or to pull code out as needed for your use. Definitely another one of those things that you’re missing out on if you haven’t looked at them! I hope to post some code in the next day or so with an example of how easy it is to take and application block and build upon it.
Over on Glen's Blog he asks about the value talking about “old“ (Or also called current) vs. “New“ (Or unavailable yet) technology. I strongly believe that we all need to keep an eye on where things are going and how we can best prepare our code today for what's coming tomorrow, but I think the real value is in better understanding the “old” technology of today to help us get more done, be more productive, and better prepared to take advantage of “New“ technology that builds on the old. Having immediate results from these events makes them much easier to justify the time away. Keep the new coming, but as with all good things moderation is the key!
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