The speakers were great, and I learned alot as usual. These were the same speakers that speak at events such as: TechEd and PDC.

We learned about:

  1. Creation of Distributed Object-Oriented Apps in .NET from Rock Lhotka
  2. ASP.NET 2.0 from Scott Guthrie
  3. Blackbelt ASP.NET 1.x Tips & Tricks from Rob Howard
  4. ClickOnce with Visual Studio 2005 from Chris Mayo
  5. Smart Client Applications with WinForms/SQL Server 2005 (writing Stored Procs, Function and Triggers with C#/VB.NET code) from Jason Beres

There were sponsor prizes raffled off that included an Apple IPOD Mini, $250 gift card to Best Buy and more. There were also door prizes given away that were donated by INETA and Microsoft. The door prizes were a few books on .NET, a couple copies of Infragistics NetAdvantage, five copies of Visual Studio 2005 Professional and more. There were alot of prizes given away and the best part as always is this event was FREE and so were the prizes.

They also had a bunch of the Winter '05 MSDN Events DVDs they gave to those who attended. This is the same MSDN Events DVD that is given away at FREE MSDN Events (

This MSDN Events DVD includes:

  • SQL Server 2005 Beta 2
  • Visual Studio 2005 Express Beta Products (C#, Visual Web Developer, Visual Basic .NET)
  • Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 Refresh with Visual Studio 2005 Team System
  • Virtual PC 2004 45-day Trial Edition
  • Patterns & Practices Library
  • 35% Off Select Microsoft Press Titles