I'm happy to hear that the book for which I had worked (Professional ADO.NET 2: Programming with SQL Server 2005, Oracle, and MySQL) has been released by Wrox publishing and is now available at Amazon store. I'm yet to receive this book from Wrox. The book is packed with a detailed coverage about ADO.NET 2.0 and has been written by a team of Microsoft MVP's (Wallace B. McClure, Gregory A. Beamer, IV John J. Croft, J. Ambrose Little, Bill Ryan, Phil Winstanley, David Yack, Jeremy Zongker) and technical editor is also an MVP. [:)]
I got the following message from S.Somasegar
Dear Anand Narayanaswamy,
Thank you for being a great contributor to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005.
You have been nominated to receive the Award for Customer Excellence. This award recognizes your extraordinary contribution to the Visual Studio 2005 product and will be shipped to you without charge.
Please click the following link to arrange shipment of your award:
All the best,
Corporate Vice President,
Microsoft Developer Division
My hosting service company (NetAns Technologies), which I run, has won the small business contest conducted by Microsoft Small Business Center and I got a cool new HP Notebook from Microsoft when I was away on Vacation, after a gap of nearly 6 months delay.
The delay was for good only and I collected the package from my neighbour and I'm about to get start with the new PC.