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:
- SQL Server PowerShell Extensions
- Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool
- Enterprise Policy Management Framework
- BIDS Helper
- SSMS Addins
- SQL DMVStats
- Internals Viewer for SQL Server
- FileSystemHelper SQL Server CLR
- Index Analysis
Admittedly the last two project are my own. But the rest are some cool projects that you should already be checking out.
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.