Winnipeg marked the last day of the Canadian Visual Studio.NET Launch Tour. Besides it being a slightly colder than average day for this time a year in Winnipeg (yeah right), I think that today went well.
Actually, there was one little thing that could have gone better – you see, about ¼ of the way through the ASP.NET/Smart Client session – the room started spinning and I truly felt like I was going to loose my cookies. I kept on thinking to myself “Just keep your hands in your pocket – look at your shoes – nod – and you will be OK” – for those of you who have seen me present before – this must have come as a shocker. Bristowe was talking in a fury about ASP.NET master pages as I slowly felt more and more like I was actually going to puke my guts out in front of 400 people. Nice hey? As I stand there eying the big bowl of ice water that was cooling our bottles of drinking water wondering if it would be acceptable to use it as a puke-pot – John starts asking me to explain some new IDE enhancements… oye – not good – concentration broken…I decided to sit out one of John’s demos to catch a breather. I totally zoned out – (go to my happy place – breath) - and by the time John got to the Smart Client section I started to feel better. My entire family is home sick with the flu this week – looks like I’m next in line.
Overall, the tour was a blast. I met hundreds of developers, project managers, and architects. Everyone I met was extremely enthusiastic and looking forward to the new adventures they will experience with Visual Studio 2005, SQL, and Team System. Canada truly has a vibrant and talented pool of software developers and I’m extremely happy to have been part of this launch tour. I’ve been a part of Microsoft Launch tours since Windows 95 and I have to admit that this one was one of the most exciting, most fun, and most organized. Thanks to all of Microsoft Canada (especially John and Jerome – you guys rock) for allowing me to participate.
Now, back to my second home – the UK - for more Team System training.