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The Carrot

Posted in Sql and Xml | Reporting Services | BizTalk | ASP.Net/Web Services at Wednesday, 27 April 2005 04:49 Pacific Daylight Time

Are you ready to learn about SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk 2004/2006, but you lack the motivation required to take on this monstrous task?

I present to you: the carrot.

[L]ast years developer competition was so much fun we are doing it again but bigger. This time in conjunction with SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio.NET there is a joint connected systems developer competition.  The top prize is only $50,000.  Check out the details here.

Nice. Now you just need to come up with an entry. That shouldn't be too hard as there are fifteen categories:

    1. Best Extension of a SQL Server 2005 database using the SQLCLR
    2. Best integrated application using XML in SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005
    3. Best Application using the Business Intelligence features of SQL Server 2005
    4. Best extension of a video gaming experience using Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005
    5. Best I-Worker solution using Microsoft Office System and Visual Studio Tools Office
    6. Best integrated/SOA application utilizing SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk
    7. Best SmartPhone application using Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server Mobile Edition
    8. Best Tool to provide additional functionality to SQL Server 2005
    9. Best Occasionally Connected Smart Client Application using SQL Server 2005 Data
    10. Best use of Managed DirectX, Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server Express
    11. Best Visual Studio 2005 PowerToy utilizing SQL Server Express
    12. Best extension of Visual Web Developer and the Personal Web Site Starter Kit
    13. Best sample demonstrating key functionality not already included in the BizTalk Server SDK
    14. Best BizTalk adapter not already supplied by Microsoft or other adapter vendors
    15. Best implementation of a generic pattern on the BizTalk Server platform

I think those categories cover just about every possible app you could build and they probably will help you think up some connected app to create as an entry. Good luck and have fun!

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