VistaDB Takes A Page From Naked Conversations

Vista DB 2.1 has been released, so says the press release.  I missed that one, but I didn’t miss what I saw on another blog:

VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been released
This 2.1
update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET
2.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded
SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express
2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0
applications. Features SQL-92 support, small 500KB embedded footprint,
free 2-User VistaDB Server for remote TCP/IP data access, royalty free
distribution for both embedded and server, Copy ‘n Go! deployment,
managed ADO.NET Provider, data management and data migration tools.
Free trial is available for download.
– Learn more about VistaDB
– Repost this to your blog and receive a FREE copy of VistaDB 2.1!

Right out of Chapter 3, “Word of Mouth on Steroids”, this is feeding the network.  Seth Godin is quoted

If you’ve invested the time and the energy and the guts to make something remarkable, this audience can’t wait to hear about it.

Seed the conversation with some freebies, let your audience work
with it, and let us talk about how great it is (QED).  I’ll be one
to let you know after I’ve toyed around with it.

So far, Vista Software hasn’t joined the conversation by starting a
blog.  There are 50 improvements and fixes in this release, some
of which could warrant examination in blog posts.  Since the
company’s lasted a year, someone’s buying the database–who else is
using it, and in what applications?  Another press release touts
the DB as filling a void in the MS product line.  That’s a pretty
good press release, and it answers some of my questions, but I’ll bet
there are other questions that could be raised as well.

A good place to start might be to modify a blog app (such as
dasBlog) to use Vista DB as its data source.  Dogfood, and a
complete app example.  The press releases are RSS enabled, which I
guess is a start, but doesn’t quite meet the standard Shel and Scoble
lay down in their book.