MSDN Events Coming to Connecticut, Long Island, and Philly

The next series of MSDN Events are about to kick off!  This quarter there will be local stops in Stamford (tomorrow afternoon!!!), Waterbury, Long Island, and Philadelphia. On the agenda this go round:  SQL Server 2008, VSTO, and Silverlight 2.0.

We'll show you how SQL Server 2008 delivers new development capabilities, including support for Spatial Data types, a fresh storage mechanism and more. You'll also learn how to leverage the Silverlight platform to build next generation applications for consumers and business, and how Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) addresses some of the toughest challenges facing today's Office solution developers. Don't miss these free, live sessions near you.

You can register directly for the events by going to and searching for In-Person Events.  But I’ll save you a step and list the links for registering for the Stamford, Long Island, and Philly events.  Below the links, you’ll find the abstracts of what will be covered:

October 2nd, 2008 – Stamford, Connecticut:

November 5th, 2008 – Waterbury, Connecticut:

November 6th, 2008 – Islandia, New York (Long Island):

November 11th, 2008 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Session #1: What’s New in SQL Server 2008 for Developers

SQL Server 2008 adds numerous new capabilities for developers – from support for Spatial Data types to a storage mechanism for SQL BLOB data using the NTFS file system, and much more. The new release also delivers several improvements to development-related areas, from T-SQL to SQLCLR to XML. This session will provide a technical dive into the latest and greatest features you’ll find in SQL Server 2008, while offering insight into how to effectively apply them to your upcoming development projects.

Session #2: Power up your Office applications with VSTO

In this session, we’ll focus on the power and productivity of Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) – a .NET Smart Client technology. We’ll give you tips and tricks for designing and building smart client applications with VSTO, which allows you to create managed code applications with .NET languages including Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Visual C#. VSTO also makes it simple to manifest the functionality of those applications in the rich user interfaces of Microsoft Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook and others from the Office stack. VSTO addresses some of the biggest challenges that Office solution developers are facing today, including separation of data and view elements, server-side and offline scenarios, seamless integration with the Visual Studio tools, deployment and updating. Join us for this eye-opening session and learn just how easy it is to build and deploy powerful applications with VSTO.

Session #3: Build next generation applications with Silverlight 2.0

Silverlight provides a powerful platform for building the next generation of rich interactive applications on the Internet. In this session, we’ll take a look at the programming model and tools that developers and designers can leverage to build these true next generation experiences for consumers and business, and demonstrate how to build a rich interactive application (RIA) using Silverlight and Microsoft .NET. We’ll explore how to use Microsoft Visual Studio to create applications, and how to create UI using XAML markup and code, controls, and File I/O. We’ll also discuss networking, how to retrieve data from a Web service, and various other aspects of building Silverlight applications.

MSDNNot from the area?  Visit to get the details on stops in these east coast locations:

  • Nashua, NH – 10/1
  • Baltimore, MD – 10/7
  • Gettysburg, PA – 10/8
  • Arlington, VA – 10/29
  • Boston, MA – 11/13
  • Orlando, FL – 11/18
  • Tampa, FL – 11/20
Comments (2)

  1. It’s tough to keep up with all the event announcements this week!  Fall is certainly the busy season

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