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John Bristowe  
There are so many things on at the moment! With the NHL playoffs underway, it?s hard for developers to find time to write code. To keep this short, I?ll get right to the point and highlight what?s on now or coming up.

Have you got the experience? Microsoft recently announced its Beta Experience program , which was created to help developers get ready for Windows Vista and Office 2007. Dazzle your colleagues by building up your knowledge of these next generation products from Microsoft. Get the experience you need to be ready. Register now.
realDEVELOPMENT_06 is just around the corner. We?re almost one month away and the response has been overwhelming. If you haven?t had a chance to register, now is the time to do so as capacity at cities such as Vancouver are nearly 90% full. During this event, we?ll be demonstrating some cool technologies for targeting the Web and securing your site and identity. Don?t miss out on this opportunity to get a look at some of the hottest ideas and technologies for developers. Register today!

The votes are in and we have a winner. Our congratulations to the Ottawa .NET User Group for winning recently the User Group Competition! A big-time thank you also goes to ObjectSharp , Infusion Development and MSDN Canada for sponsoring this competition.

Finally, a new .NET user group has been created! The Edmonton .NET User Group will be hosting its first meeting on April 27, 2006. Jean-Paul S. Boodhoo of ThoughtWorks will deliver a presentation on test-driven development (TDD) and ASP.NET. If you are in the Edmonton area, make sure to sign-up today!

Go Flames Go.

John Bristowe

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Get the complete source code for the Sudoku application that ships with the Touch Pack, part of the ultra-mobile PC.
Read Stephen Toub's article on Managed Debugging Assistants, which provide CLR state and event information that you could not otherwise access.
Access comprehensive resources ? from introductory to expert ? that include both online and self-paced training, the latest technical articles, videos, evaluation downloads etc.
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April 18 - 25
This webcast series shows you how to design and write smart client applications, access the .NET Framework, debug, write managed code, and design Excel and Word-based user interfaces using Visual Basic or C#.
Greg Stemp and Jean Ross from the TechNet Script Center show us how easy it is to gather information from our systems using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Scripting.
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Mike Fitzmaurice gives an overview of the technologies that will release within Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (version 3) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, with an eye toward pointing out areas with specific developer opportunities.
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Paresh Suthar and George Moromisato talk about the creation of the Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) specification and how it could be applied to many kinds of synchronization applications. Paresh demonstrates a prototype Start.com gadget that synchronizes simple lists.

Security for Developers
This article makes sense of regulatory compliance from a developer's point of view, and covers the most important best practices that are common across multiple pieces of legislation.

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Michael Howard rounds up some tips on creating games that install and run well as non-admins.
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Product-Related Downloads
The Beta Experience is the new testing platform with tailor-made information for Microsoft developers. Get to know today wherewith the people will work tomorrow. By registering to the Beta Experience you will be provided with the opportunity to download or order the latest Beta versions of Microsoft software for testing and the Beta Experience newsletter (6-weekly, terminated with the launch of the final version of the software) as an exclusive source of information.
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FxCop uses reflection, MSIL parsing, and callgraph analysis to inspect managed code assemblies for more than 200 defects.

Case Studies, KB Articles & How-tos
By switching to ASP.NET 2.0, Affinity Internet increased developer productivity fourfold and delivered a richer, more responsive, and more interactive customer experience far more quickly than they could have with PHP on Red Hat Linux.

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Misys Healthcare Systems chose Visual Studio 2005 to build client software based on Microsoft mobile technologies. This development solution helped cut time-to-market by 50 percent, and allowed Misys to write 20 percent less code.
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Thanks to SQL Server 2005, e-Security's Sentinel 5 enables real-time security and continuous compliance monitoring, managing terabytes of data generated by distributed, heterogeneous IT systems.

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Training
Join IDC Canada and Microsoft for an informative and interactive session to discuss the trends and opportunities in platform market as well as the impact of platform choice on your business. National tour starts May 1st. Register today in a city near you.

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8 - 12 May, Montreal, Canada
Check out this conference, jam-packed with advanced developer sessions on the latest versions of Microsoft products. This year, we have 68 .NET sessions and 34 SQL sessions. DevTeach 2006 is the training you can't get any other way. The session schedule is now available.
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Build your Visual Studio 2005 development skills with new courses from Microsoft E-Learning. Topics include data and XML; and Windows, Web, and distributed applications. Each lesson is self-paced and includes hands-on virtual labs and offline functionality.
Visit any Barnes & Noble store or shop at bn.com <http://bn.com> now through May 8 to save 40 percent off new IT professional and developer books from Microsoft Press.
Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions are offering special deals on training and certification. Hurry, these special offers won't last forever!
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An in-depth reference for C# developers, this new Microsoft Press book goes beyond the basics and covers key, advanced topics of C# programming.

International Events
Through May, worldwide
Microsoft and Intel's joint 64-Bit Computing Advantage migration program is tailored to the ISV technical community. This free and comprehensive program includes a worldwide series of 3-day migration labs, with concentrated follow-up and ongoing technical support.

Partner News
Download the Secure Payments Whitepaper and Secure Payments SDK free of charge. Includes development tools to commerce-enable your business applications.
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SpreadsheetGear for .NET 1.2 adds support for reading and writing Excel charts, pictures, text and drawing objects, and more.
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Solve coding errors faster without time-consuming downloads. Register for the free DevPartner Virtual Evaluation.
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Microsoft, Borland, Gartner and CMP will discuss requirements management and how CaliberRM with Visual Studio Team System can improve your projects.
This one day workshop introduces students to the new features of Exchange Server 2003 SP2. Partners will learn techniques on how to address customer concerns about spam e-mail, mobile messaging, and Exchange Server tuning
Learn how Microsoft RTC products can help improve business efficiencies by enabling immediate access to information and people

User Groups
User groups are a critical part of the developer and .NET community. Check out the listing of user groups below, and if you don't find one - start one! For more information on starting a .NET user group in your area, visit www.ineta.org and email msdnteam@microsoft.com

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MSDN Flash
Volume 10, Number 8

April 24, 2006
In This Issue:
Web Resources
Security for Developers
Product-Related Downloads
Case Studies, KB Articles & How-tos
Training
International Events
Partner News
User Groups
Webcasts & Online Events
This is just a sample of upcoming webcasts. See a complete list at the Microsoft Webcasts home page.

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SQL Server 2005: Discover the Next Paradigm for Database Development See how SQL Server 2005 provides a new vision for database developer productivity. Learn about native XML technologies, interoperability through Web services, and the integration with XML, Visual Studio 2005, and the .NET Frameworks.
Tech·Ed 2006 Webcasts: Power to the Pros Attend a pre-Tech·Ed webcast by May 12 and you could win one of five free passes to Tech·Ed 2006 in Boston.

April is the Last Month to Meet the Source Fource! Go to two MSDN webcasts or virtual labs to get the final character in the group.
Advanced Grid Programming
April 25 - 11:00 A.M.
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