Microsoft Announces Developer Days 98 and Distributed Application Training Initiative for Visual Studio 6.0

Microsoft Announces Developer Days 98 and Distributed Application Training Initiative for Visual Studio 6.0

NEW ORLEANS, June 3, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Microsoft® Visual Studio
development system 6.0 Enterprise Edition, the complete suite for rapidly building scalable enterprise solutions, will be featured at Developer Days 98 on Sept. 2, 1998.

“DevDays” 98, a global event hosted locally in more than 120 cities worldwide, will bring together tens of thousands of developers. This year’s event will feature a keynote by Bill Gates and in-depth product sessions on Visual Studio 6.0 and its component products: the Visual Basic® development system 6.0, the Visual C++® development system 6.0, the Visual FoxPro® database development system 6.0, the Visual InterDev
Web development system 6.0, the Visual J++
development system for Java 6.0, as well as Microsoft Office programmability, featuring Visual Basic for Applications.

DevDays 98 is expected to be the largest developer event ever, exceeding last year’s record attendance of 64,000. Global sponsors include Digital Equipment Corp.; Fujitsu Ltd.; IBM Corp., PC Division; IDG; SAP AG; Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems Inc.; and Silicon Graphics Inc. Partner sponsors are Attachmate Corp., InstallShield Software Corp., Programmer’s Paradise Inc., Rational Software Corp. and ZD Journals.

Learn About Visual Studio 6.0

Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, will kick off DevDays 98 with a keynote presentation via broadcast, discussing his vision for the role of Visual Studio in the
“digital nervous system.” Following the broadcast, Microsoft Developer Network regional directors – local third-party experts on Microsoft technologies who volunteer to help educate, inform and gather together the Windows developer community – and other community leaders will facilitate seven product sessions, answer questions and present demonstrations that will inform and educate attendees on the latest Microsoft developer tools and technologies. These sessions will help developers understand how Visual Studio enables them to build distributed, Web-based solutions on the Windows NT® operating system that provide integration with their existing systems. New features of Visual Studio for component-based development, enterprise data access, and development life-cycle support will be highlighted, including these:

  • Component creation and management. Sessions will highlight the new versions of Microsoft Repository, Visual Component Manager, and the Microsoft Visual SourceSafe
    version control system.

  • Integrated database tools. Visual Basic, Visual InterDev, Visual J++ and Visual C++ sessions will show the integrated Visual database tools.

  • RAD development. New productivity enhancements and shared features for RAD development will be emphasized.

  • Development life-cycle tools. Featured tools include the Visual Studio Analyzer, which provides analysis and performance profiling information for distributed applications to more easily locate and correct performance bottlenecks.

The event will also feature prizes, contests and special promotions, and each attendee will receive a free CD-ROM toolkit packed with valuable software, samples and code.

Visual Studio Developer Training

For additional in-depth training, Microsoft is also sponsoring distributed application development training in a three-day hands-on course that teaches developers how to build multitier applications on Windows NT using Visual Studio 6.0. Mastering Distributed Application Design Using Microsoft Visual Studio will be offered through Microsoft Authorized Technical Education Centers (ATECs) during Visual Studio Developer Training Month, Sept 28-Oct 30. The class will be taught by certified experts and will show developers how to define distributed applications; understand design steps; model the application; organize data; design and build components; and implement the presentation layer. In addition, developers will leave the class understanding Web and component technologies including Microsoft Transaction Server, Microsoft Message Queue Server, the Microsoft Component Object Model, Internet Information Server, and other services that enable them to build distributed enterprise applications.

“Our research shows that the bulk of corporate developers have identified classroom-based training as their preferred way to learn new skills,”
said Paul Gross, vice president of developer tools at Microsoft.
“DevDays 98 is the place for developers to learn what they need to know about Visual Studio 6.0 and the hands-on courses will train them to use Visual Studio 6.0 and Windows NT for building distributed enterprise applications.”

Locations and Registration

The early event registration fee in the United States and Canada is $99 (U.S.), on or before
Aug. 4, 1998; the late registration fee in the United States and Canada is $129 (U.S.), after Aug. 4, 1998.

The cost to attend in locations outside the United States and Canada will vary. For more information on DevDays 98, please visit

The event registration fee for Mastering Distributed Application Design Using Microsoft Visual Studio is $995. Attendees of DevDays 98 receive a $100 discount when they also sign up for training. For more information on training, please visit

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) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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Developer Days Sponsors

Global sponsors

Digital Equipment Corp.

Fujitsu Ltd.

IBM Corp., PC Division



Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems Inc.

Silicon Graphics Inc.

Partner sponsors

Attachmate Corp.

InstallShield Software Corp.

Programmer’s Paradise Inc.

Rational Software Corp.

ZD Journals

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