What Would You Build? MSDN Subscription Giveaway

Along with a number of my MVP peers, I received three (3) MSDN Ultimate subscriptions.  These were sent to us with the intention of finding someone that hasn’t had the opportunity to use Visual Studio 2010 and provide them with the opportunity to get in and play with it. 

MSDN Ultimate Subscription

If you aren’t familiar with the MSDN Ultimate Subscription, it’s the ultimate subscription that you can get from MSDN.  Yeah, I went there.  For real though, it is full access to the MSDN library that includes Visual Studio, Windows 7, etc.  This subscription licenses all of that software for you to use to build and develop applications.  If you’ve looked at MSDN Subscriptions before then you probably know that they run for around $12,000.

Now I need to figure out how to get rid of my three subscriptions.  Some MVPs have already determined how they are going to give theirs away.  Take a look at how some others are giving away their MSDN subscriptions like Arnie Rowland (blog | twitter), Ken Simmons (blog | twitter), Denis Gobo (blog | twitter), and Jeremiah Peschka (blog | twitter).


I’m a big fan of CodePlex.  This is a place where open source projects can be placed for others to use.   There are also a ton of cool tools out there that you can use to make life simpler, for instance:

Admittedly the last two project are my own.  But the rest are some cool projects that you should already be checking out.

The Contest

What does this have to do with CodePlex?  Well, that is the focus of the first of three methods to give the MSDN Subscriptions away.

So for the first of the three MSDN Ultimate Subscriptions, leave a comment on this blog with the description of the a project you are interested in building and placing on CodePlex for the community to share.  You will have between now and July 31st that to leave the comment.  I’ll choose the winner randomly between the comments.  Of course, you can only be in the drawing once.

The suggestions do not have to deal with SQL Server specifically, but I am sure most that read this probably use that fairly regularly.  Leave any other questions in the comments below. 

Aren’t There Three

Yes, there are.  Part of the purpose of receiving these subscriptions is to get them to people that haven’t had a chance to experience Visual Studio 2010.  When I get creative on another method to give away the other two, I’ll do a post for those.  Of course, if you have suggestions there is a comment section on this post.

13 thoughts on “What Would You Build? MSDN Subscription Giveaway

  1. Hi This is Ronnie here. I will build a SQL Server OLTP database, a complete ETL task using SSIS to move OLTP data to a SQL Server Data Warehouse (star schema) + LightSwitch desktop application and SSRS self-service reporting.


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  4. 2 items:

    I would build a Dashboard in SharePoint 2010 that would use the Historical Statistics from Dynamic Management Objects that we are save weekly and Monthly (appended to perfmon data) to create link reports by date to Display trends. The Data Mart would be populated by SSIS packages from the BI Studio part of VS.

    The second application would be a Windows App that would read all the SSIS package logs to give the end users of our BI system an idea of how sucessful the night loads are and time/size graphs to show how much data is imported and the effects grow data is having of the time to import.


    Thomas LeBlanc


  5. I'm not sure this exists (at least not for free) but I would be interested in developing an add-in to SSMS using Visual Studio that would enable a DBA to have a window in SSMS to put all of their .sql scripts in. Running scripts would be a simple drag and drop to the query window.

    This would centralize indexing scripts, analysis scripts, etc. within SSMS rather than having to go outside of the program.


    1. There are SSMS add-ins out there, but I haven't seen one that works with scripts. Something that housed performance analysis scripts would be pretty awesome.


  6. As a sql dba / developer I'd use Visual Studio to develop some addins for Management Studio.

    It is crying out for a tool to help with generating scripts for data compression , partitioning and a more visual interface for sql agent job schedules.



    1. A visual interface SSMS add-in would be useful. Some of the ones I've seen in third-party tools are handy put don't have the SSMS integration that would make them much more useful.


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