Dec 7, 2005 – Lahore, Pakistan

All the events to date have been very successful and interest in both VSTS 2005 and SQL Server 2005 have been high. However in Pakistan the interest has been exceptionally so. So many people showed up in Lahore that we had to turn away about 400 people because we could not fit any more people in the room. In the end, we were able to accommodate around 600 attendees. If you were turned away please accept our apologies, but typically only about 25% of those that register actually show up. Because of this we plan for around 40% as a buffer and so as not to spend money for attendees who do not show up. However in Lahore, over 50% of those who registered showed up.

The event was very “lively” to say the least and the excitement definitely aroused the interest of the hotel staff because of the noise levels. Whether or not you were able to attend, please consider coming to the Pakistan Developers Conference which we are currently planning and will be held tentatively in June. The event has typically been in Karachi and we will certainly have one in Karachi this year as well. We had many people ask to hold this event in Lahore as well and we are certainly investigating the possibilities.

Comments (171)
  1. jerry_yasir says:

    The event went great. Full of excitement and Woo-hoos. Overall you did a nice job. When talking about PDC here in pakistan we dont know why Microsoft did not thought about the event in Lahore. Lahore is the heart of pakistan and i think the capital of Software development (My Idea). People here are really interested in events and launches. I would like to request microsoft to hold their 2006 PDC or PKDEV here in Lahore. I Hope you will see the best response ever. That will be a full Time WOO-HOO.

    Best Regards,


  2. Hi dear Chad & every one,

    Certainly the event was very lively and full of "Woo hoos". People of Lahore are famous for live heartily and for jokes also lolz, I came Lahore from Islamabad to attend this event, there are three cities famous with respect of software development Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad (capital of Pakistan and greenish city too).

    Most important thing as you also mentioned in your post that there would be PDC there in Lahore so that it is possible for people from Lahore, Islamabad and other cities to attend PDC 2006 or PKDEV. So Chad you should ask Microsoft people to also held PDC there in Lahore, other wise you will be losing half of developer community from Pakistan. Vigorously


    With Regards & Best Wishes.

    Muhammed Ahmed Hashmi.

  3. Nadeem Anjum says:

    Dear Sir,

    The Microsoft lauch show at Lahore was just fantastic.

    Please accept my haertiest congrats of arranging this event with hight quality stuff, some lively presentation by both presenters especially by Chad z hower with his "Woo-Hoo" noise effect.

    There is one suggestion from me please also open reseach office in Pakistan as one previoulsy running in u.k, american.

    I have downloaded both VS.NET 2005 Beta & SQL 2005, both are really very very good for developers

    I have used it and Smart Cliets such as Click once developement is really good.

    I advise plz use because both are free to use.

    It’s great fun to use VS.NET 2005 & SQL 2005.

    Kinds Regards

  4. Waqas says:

    Its been few months now but i still have very fresh memories of that event .It was a great feeling to have someone like you (sir) in Lahore.It was a great event for students like me to know more about VS and SQL server.I would love to see you again in Lahore

    WOoo HOoo

  5. Waqas says:

    Its been few months now but i still have very fresh memories of that event .It was a great feeling to have someone like you (sir) in Lahore.It was a great event for students like me to know more about VS and SQL server.I would love to see you again in Lahore

    WOoo HOoo

  6. MSDN Archive says:

    Thanks. I’ve been trying to get back to Pakistan but have been too tied up with other events. I’m coming back in late July though for a conference we are planning now.

  7. Syed Adeel Iqball says:

    Its an excellent idea to conduct PDC at Lahore and should be implemented without further pondering. But let me go a step forward to state that we were a group of about 15 people who went from islamabad to lahore (from 1 company alone) to attend the conference. I know at least about 60+ people who travelled all the way from islamabad to lahore to attend these events regularly.

    So please, after you finalize your plans for a PDC at lahore, keep islamabad as a venue for Microsoft events in your mind  as well. The software industry at islamabad will give you an unprecedented response for sure.


    Syed Adeel Iqbal.

  8. MSDN Archive says:

    I’ve passed your comments on. I know Islamabad is always considered but there are issues of time and resources. We are likely doing 2 cities this year for the dev conference instead of 1 (Lahore and Karachi). So a step…

  9. Muhammad Shoaib Anjum says:

    Its nice to know that you guys are conducting dev conf in 2 cities, Lahore and Karachi. But I would second Adeel on Islamabad thingie. Please do consider it next time you decide about an event in Pakistan.


  10. MSDN Archive says:

    I’ve talked with Microsoft Pakistan about it. This year we are doing 2 cities. Let’s see how this works out this year, and hopefully in the future we can add Islamabad too!

  11. Saad says:

    Mr. Hower, The memories of the Lahore event are still fresh with us. We had a great time. By the way, I wanted to inquire when is the 2006 developer conference tentavitvely scheduled for. We are approaching June, and I haven’t hears or seen any info on the anywhere. Would you please look into this and enlighten us.Thanks, Saad Jamil.

  12. Arsalan says:

    Yep i do agree that we all have the memories of the Launch. :). Well as far as i know the dates are 28-30 of june. Hope to see u there Maybe Chad too would confirm the above dates.

  13. MSDN Archive says:

    As far as I know its still set for June 28-30. I’m having a bit of visa trouble, but I think we will resolve it. I’ve asked for the web link to register and I’ll post it here and on the main blog.

    In the mean time, I need some help for a project from some Urdu speakers… If you can assist with translation from English to Urdu of some very small items.. please contact me. You can use this link:

  14. Saad Jamil says:

    Ok, just got a Conference mail today from a colleague. The link is:

    Message for Chad: I have sent a message to you on the abovementioned link, regarding assistance for the translations.


  15. MSDN Archive says:

    Yes, in fact I posted it here too. 🙂

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