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Jason Yong  
Hello, my name is Jason Yong and I've recently joined the MSDN team here in Canada. As many of you know, right now we're in a very exciting time in Microsoft history. The biggest Microsoft launch event ever is taking place and from coast-to-coast Canadians will be witnessing the launch of Windows Vista™, the 2007 Microsoft® Office system and Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007.
We have already visited Edmonton and Toronto and are looking forward to touring the rest of the country in the coming weeks. I wanted to share the great resources that are available now so be sure to check them out. As well, after January 15th, complete launch content will be available including the streaming video of the Developer and IT Professional sessions.

On another note, the Security on the Brain series that Microsoft has recently designed has been well received by the community. Security on the Brain consists of monthly webcast briefings to keep you informed and help you get a handle on many important elements of security. Coming up on January 17th at 1:00 PM EST, Microsoft will be presenting a webcast entitled “Choosing the right Authentication and Authorization in Windows Communication Foundation: Part One”. This session will show you the big picture behind WCF security including how bindings are used to configure authentication, confidentiality and integrity, and the various shapes of credentials that can be used. Register today.

Here are a few more Security Briefings scheduled that you might find interesting.

Jan. Security Briefing /// JANUARY 17: "Authentication and Authorization in Windows® Communication Foundation: Part One"
Feb. Security Briefing /// FEBRUARY 14: "Choosing the right Authentication and Authorization in Windows Communication Foundation: Part Two"
Mar. Security Briefing /// MARCH 14: "Windows Card Space: An Introduction"

As always, if you want the latest scoop on security, point your feed reader to our security blog ( and the Canadian Developers blog (

And finally, thanks so much for all of your feedback last week on how we can improve this newsletter! We had an overwhelming response and will be reviewing your comments over the next few months to help make this newsletter even more valuable for you! Thank you.

Jason Yong

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Visual Studio Team 2005 Edition for Database Professionals delivers a market-shifting database development product designed to manage database change, improve software quality through database testing, and bring the benefits of Visual Studio Team System and life cycle development to the database professional.
Get ready to fire up your solutions with hot new skills and coding techniques. These free sessions will tackle every tier of your applications, with lots of time to ask questions and share crib notes with your peers.

This quarter, we'll be covering topics including "Take Control of the Database Development Lifecycle with Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals."

BooksCheck out the Visual Studio Team System Database Professional Team Center for more resources...

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Learn how Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 can help you create rich and dynamic Web applications with fewer lines of code. Throughout this series of webcasts, we show you how to accelerate application development with new controls, use features to build rich and personalized Web sites, extend and customize ASP.NET for your enterprise, and more.
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Don't just think it, blog it. These days blogs are everywhere, written by anyone from an at-home enthusiast to head product developers. Reading blogs is a great way to begin, sharpen, or extend your knowledge of Microsoft products and technologies. Tune in to Dan Fernandez's blog for a discussion of many beginner-level topics, or Scott Guthrie's blog for more advanced topics. As you discover blogs that interest you, subscribe to them using the built-in RSS feed support in Internet Explorer 7.

Writing a blog allows others to learn from your experiences and helps you to develop strong communications skills. You can post about projects you've worked on at home or at school using Windows Live Writer, a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog entries using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service.

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Custom workflow activities are one of the most important aspects of the Windows Workflow Foundation and there are many features to consider when building them. · Service Station: Web Service Software Factory

The patterns & practices (p&p) team at Microsoft recently began publishing software factories, collections of guidance assets-tools, reusable code, documentation, reference implementations to help automate the process of building software according to accepted patterns and predefined standards.

See the top sessions, interviews and highlights from Tech·Ed: Developers on the Virtual Side.
Microsoft real-time collaboration solutions can help financial services firms become more agile and responsive, more cost-effective, and more secure.

Security for Developers
David Litchfield (of NGSSoftware and has published a paper that compares the vulnerability track record of Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases over the past 6 years.

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Get an overview of all the programs, servers, services, and tools of the Office system that help developers to build solutions.
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Case Studies, KB Articles & How-tos
i-Deal's financial services software automates complex processes for raising money through equity debt and municipal new issues. SQL Server 2005 simplifies workflow, including easy detection of slow queries, lower cost to tune stored procedures, and sophisticated reporting back to clients.

To consolidate and standardize development tools and processes, HP used Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server to deliver APPRISE, an enterprise-wide solution that supports and enforces HP's own development methodologies, processes, and reporting needs.

For a limited time, get free courses on Visual Studio like Developing Enhanced Web Experience with Microsoft ASP.NET for AJAX and save on related e-learning.

For a limited time, get a 40% discount on a brand new SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services.

Hot Off the Press! New Books from Microsoft Press

· Microsoft VBScript Step by Step

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December 13 - 15, 10:00 A.M. Pacific time
The newest 2007 Microsoft Office system is designed specifically with ISV developers in mind - it can now be used to create an entirely new breed of programs called Office Business Applications.
Each AppDev Training Suite includes five in-depth courses plus official Measure Up practice exams, covering everything you need to know and more to help pass your certification exams.

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Run, analyze, profile, navigate failed tests, and re-run unit tests right from within Visual Studio 2005.

New features include: ability to create a logged-in PersistenceManager, programmatic databindings, and synchronized GridBindingManagers with Grid Designers.
Speed up development in mission-critical projects with O/RM today. Integrate with LINQ without starting over from scratch.
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December 11, 2006
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