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Steve Andrews | Happy Visual Studio Birthday

Steve Andrews

passionate technologist · business applications · community guy

Happy Visual Studio Birthday

On November 10, 1775, an act of the Continental Congress declared "That two Battalions of Marines be raised…". Today they are known as the Marine Corps, and every November 10th the Marine Corps celebrates their Marine birthday with a reading from the Marine Corps manual, a birthday message from the Commandant, and other festivities as well as greetings and good wishes among Marines.

Most Visual Studio developers have not fought on the enemy's battlefield with bullets and blood. For those that have in the 232 years of the Marine Corps, I offer my deepest respect and sincerest appreciation.

On March 19, 1997, Visual Studio 97 was released to the public and thus began a new era of software development. In like manner to the Marines, on this March 19th I would like to wish all of my fellow Visual Studio developers a happy 11th Visual Studio birthday.

Further, I suggest a Visual Studio birthday tradition. First, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .NET Developer Platform at Microsoft, should deliver a birthday message. Second, we should each read the Visual Studio 97 mission to help remind us of our legacy and what our ambition should be:

In looking to build high-quality tools, Microsoft listened to customers, each clamoring for tighter integration across the myriad of utilities, tools, servers, and platform features they required. Visual Studio 97 enabled development teams to share in large-scale projects across the entire development life cycle, even when mixing components of various languages and using various deployment architectures such as the Internet, Microsoft Windows, and, increasingly, mobile devices.

Happy Birthday!

 


[Updated: 3/20/2008]

I made a note in the comments, but I wanted to make sure I clarified my post.  I am in no way making any sort of comparison between Microsoft and Visual Studio, and the United States Marine Corps.  I am also not in any way trying to suggest that software developers do anything nearly as courageous or selfless as that of the US Marine Corps.  I am simply trying to make reference to the camaraderie of the Marines, and how we might introduce some of their 'community spirit' into our own software development community.

Comments (96) -

  • Dagon

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Hey, that's great! Smile


    A little celebration is never wrong and a few birthday words from Scott would be nice.


  • Kunal

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Going great ...happy B'day


  • JAr

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    *** VS and Micro$oft!!!


    Long life to Java!!


  • Sivaranjani

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    happy birthday for Visual Studio


    and thnx faithfully for MicroSoft


  • Seyi Adegboyega (Nigeria)

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Congratulations Microsoft on your unbeatable achievements. Happy Birthday Ms Visual Studio


  • Steve Barker

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday Visual Studio!


    P.S. Please don't start to get rubbish over the next few years. Don't listen the marketing people that insist that you must have feature X, Y and Z to shift more units. Keep if developer focussed!


  • Jagannadha Meher

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    thanks to microsoft


    and Happy b'day to VisiualStudio


  • Amit

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday VS & wish you many happy returns of the day


  • chanzeb chaudhary

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR VISUAL STUDIO


  • tristan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY


  • Anheledir

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday! Smile


  • yash

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birth Day VS


  • Joe Jalbert

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    So, like in the Marine Corps, should the youngest developer cut the birthday cake and serve a piece to the eldest?


  • PP

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Hey! Cheers!!!


  • Rohan Patel

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birth Day VS...!!!!


  • VU

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday...........!!!!!!!!


  • dsp

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    ..hmmm..


    'Not a lot smarter, but another year old' ? (Joe Walsh, 1978)


    'And then one day you find, 10 years has got behind you, no-one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.' ? (Roger Waters, 1973)


    Must confess, I'm more of a fan of Borland's offerings, but M$ do like to stay in the game.


    hapPy biRthdAy visUal stuDIo


  • veerendranath darsi

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    happy birthday visual studio.............


  • Reshm

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Belated Happy Birthday....!


  • Reshma

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Belated Happy Birthday....!


  • Rick

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Get back to work!


  • Chris

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday Visual Studio 97. Oh wait... Thats in my closet.. I'm using 2005 now ! Must be his grandchild !


  • Nitin

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Ah, what a great piece of info!!


    Happy Birthday (belated) Dear O Dear VS


  • Ramkiran

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy birthday (belated wishes)


  • deepa

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Belated Happy birthday


  • Shammie Jayaransie

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy b'day....


  • Another BS from MS...

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    WTF!!!!


    Come on... Do not compare the Marines with Microsoft crap... Killing computers is not equal to killing humans...


  • Jijeesh K V

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Visualizing a birthday celebration in visual studio....


  • Yogita Palande

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy BirthDay!


  • Jimfire

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    May be the Microsoft VS is the nightmare on computer region.


  • Volker

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    One day to late but: Hyppy Birthday VS !


  • Sendil Kumar G

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Newton

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Great and Happy Birthday


  • sahmoud

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    happy birthday for VS


    and thnx faithfully for MS


  • Sandeep Kumar Vuppala

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday...................


  • prabhulokesh

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday to you.


  • Jerry Sheehan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Very Nice to come across this even though I'm a day late and a dollar short!


    Happy Birthday to You V.S.!!!


  • sangram

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday to U visual Studio............


  • Afsal.M

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy birthday to u visiual studio.


  • Janarthanan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy B'Day  Ms Visual Studio........ Smile


  • Dharanidharan Radhakrishnan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday, it all starts with "."Net from VS


  • Piyush Ranjan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Wish you very happy birthday...... and thanks for making many of our lives easier and enjoyable.....


  • Mike

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    I will beat Microsoft, haha...


  • Piyush Ranjan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Wish you a very happy birtday dear VS


  • Balasubramanian S M

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy B'day VS.


  • NEERAJ SHOREY

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Wish you a long life.. Happy Birthday!!!


  • Jim

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy B#Day


  • Muralidharan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Hi,, LIfe without VS is like a sky without sun


    Depression to the core (without VS)


    Happy birthday VS


  • Shirish Kulkarni

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Wish you a very happy birtday dear VS


  • jabi

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    me too late 4 a day, yesterday i too had my b'day well ! Happy b' Day


  • Prasad

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday!


  • Trevortni

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    I think what it is (and it seems to be supported from the article you reference) is that there was Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual Doodad #3, etc., before Visual Studio 97; but Visual Studio 97 was the first to integrate all these independent Visual languages into one integrated Visual.... um, Studio.  "E pluribus unum," as the dollar bill says: "From many, one."


  • Suresh Meenakshisundaram

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    long live VS


  • Errol

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    "For those that have in the 232 years of the Marine Corps, I offer my deepest respect and sincerest appreciation. "


    I remember Pete and Chucky and Pramod in particular, for the valor and fortitude that they demonstrated in the face of overwhelming odds. I am able to type these words today because of the stand that they made, those many years ago.


    Thank you very, very much for your kind thoughts and warmest regards to all jar-heads who may read these words.


  • Santiago

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    long & happy live VS


  • udooz

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday Sweet Heart


  • Rupen

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birth Day VS


  • NareshKumar

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Hi many Happy Returns of this day we are very happy with the Microsoft's new inventions it is very developer friendly very advanced easy to learn


  • Sean Conlon

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY VISUAL STUDIO, I LOVE U!!


  • kaka9k

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    生日快乐


  • MaignanaMurthy

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    I am really happy with our dot net birthday celebration,


    belated wishes to my Visual Studio DotNet


  • Subrata

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Very very happy birthday(belated).


  • Rakesh R

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY


  • Rajesh

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    very late but still long live ms VS.


  • sina

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy birthday to you VS


  • uzair

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    happy birthday


  • Jagannadha Meher PT

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy birthday...


  • Jagannadha Meher Palavancha Tirumala

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    thanks to microsoft


    and Happy b'day to VisiualStudio


    Jagannadha Meher Palavancha Tirumala


  • Chris

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    What does a criminal force that invades other countries have to do with VS?


    Here's something from Smedley Butler, who you would consider to be a "real" Marine.


    Hopefully as a software developer you have enough brains to be open minded and consider what he wrote, someone who the elite tried to hire to overthrow FDR.


    War Is A Racket.


    http://www.fas.org/man/smedley.htm">www.fas.org/.../smedley.htm


  • Bob

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    <I love Visual C++ just as a girlfriend.>


    Great analogy!


    Yes they are both likely to end up with you being dumped!


    Not sure what sex VS is, but I’m pretty convinced its female Why?


    It requires me to be attentive at all times


    It’s often irrational


    It plays around with other software engineers


    Its pretty high maintenance


    Keeps giving me hints at what I’ve done wrong


    It keeps changing its look


    If it was male


    It would be robust and solid


    Never be irrational


    Have a sports feed ticker built in


    Know how to order pizza


    Compiler Output window would be less polite


    Wouldn’t care about its looks


  • SPACEABAR

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday Visual Studio!!


  • Dooglio

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Hey cool! Nov 10th is my birthday!


    Well, I remember being disappointed with Visual C++ came out, expecting it to be a Rad-tool like Visual Basic was. The name is still pretty misleading.


    But, I have to admit, it's a pretty solid IDE--I use it everyday. It might very well be the best product MS ever came out with.


  • Olepadre

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Thank you for a Career VS.  Happy Birthday


  • Rich

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Sniff... They grow up so quickly.


  • Shailesh

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday !!!


  • mohan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    i love ms. thank you for making my life easy.


    my best wishes to Mr. Bill.


    Cheers!!


  • Bob

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday - and nice to know you are just as buggy as ever!


    As they say a crash a day keeps Microsoft at bay Smile


  • Michael

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    I just love all the lame attempts at humor in these comments.


    Happy b-day.


  • VS

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday VS... I love VB..


  • Rajesh

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday VS


  • SD

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday Visual Studio


  • Bob

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    <I just love all the lame attempts at humor in these comments.>


    We learn how to do it from the IDE Smile


  • Nikhil

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy B'day 2 VS...


    Thnx MS for this..


  • Gus Gustafson

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    So if VS stated in 1997 what was I using in 1995? It was called Visual Studio 2


  • Murugesan

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Is this Microsoft VS?


  • Chris

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    O.o is that even right ^


  • stevanich

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    @Comment #2 - I am not in any way trying to suggest that software developers do anything nearly as courageous or selfless and that of the US Marine Corps.


    @Joe - I think the logistics of shipping cake to all of the registered Visual Studio owners would outweigh any potential sugar fix <g>.  But maybe within the Microsoft office?


    @Michael - Haha, I like the humor, but I am also genetically predisposed to bad humor.


    @Gus - I have never seen a reference to Visual Studio 2, and [your favorite search engine] seems to not be aware of it either.  Do you have a reference you can share?


  • ckj

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Isn't Visual Studio older than that? I attended a SD conference in 1992 where MS handed out t-shirts with a "Visualize You Masterpiece" logo. I thought that was the first Visual Studio, but I used Borland tools so I didn't pay much attention.


  • Jerry

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Uh, Visual Studio release 1 came out long before 1997.  Shouldn't that be the BIRTH day to celebrate.


  • Earl

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birthday VS!  Thanks for providing me with a wonderful and fantastic career as a VS developer!


  • me

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    bugger off.


  • F. Dumontel

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Since 1999 with vb, I was always more than happy with VS. I'm still using it, still searching for some better tool without finding. Go on VS, and as marines,"semper fi"


  • simon

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Happy Birth Day VS


  • Hcms

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Sorry for late... Happy birthday! I love Visual C++ just as a girlfriend.


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