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John Bristowe

 

Hello fellow developers,

I've said it many times before; DevTeach is one of the best developer conferences you can attend here in Canada. It's a conference that brings together top speakers and your local developer community from May 12-16, 2008. DevTeach will be hosted at the Hilton in the heart of Toronto for the first time in its history.

If you're a developer looking to learn more about the .NET Framework, agile development practices, SharePoint, or SQL Server then you do not want to miss out on DevTeach. If you're looking to hear from some of the top speakers like Scott Hanselman, Ted Neward, Richard Campbell, or Bill Vaughn then you do not want to miss out on DevTeach. If you're looking to evolve your technical skills and forge strong connections with your peers then you do not want to miss out on DevTeach.

DevTeach is a conference by developers and for developers. To learn more about DevTeach - including the list of sessions, speakers, and tracks - head on over to www.devteach.com and register today!

Cheers,

John Bristowe

Local News

"Feeling Disruptive? Apply today for the Blue Sky Award which recognizes ISV innovation excellence. If you're a Canadian ISV in the process of developing or have developed what you think is the next big thing, apply today. Don't miss the opportunity to showcase the "limitless potential" of your innovation"

 

At Microsoft, we rely on your votes to help the judges recognize the very best in development. Read through each nominee's submission and vote for the developer who you feel made the most valuable contribution to their organization or community. Then, return and vote for the most deserving development team. Don't delay-voting closes March 31, 2008.

 

This course provides 5-days of intense hands-on training and includes over 30% of additional content not covered in existing MOC or other competing courses. This course is designed for experienced developers who have limited experience with BizTalk Server 2006 R2 but who want a deeper understanding of BizTalk and an accelerated learning experience. Toronto: April 21 - 25. Register Today!

 

Topics covered in this webcast and virtual lab series include multi-targeting, JavaScript, IntelliSense, Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO), Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

 

Register now for our upcoming webcast!

April 1, 2008 @ 1pm EST - TFS 2008 Overview

This session will explore Team Foundation Server 2008, its capabilities and how it supports collaborative development and rich application lifecycle management. The focus on this session will be specific Team Foundation Server components, and we will highlight new functionality where appropriate.

April 8, 2008 @ 1pm EST- Introducing VSTS 2008

The new version of Visual Studio Team System introduces many new enhancements across all of the roles in a team, as well as within Team Foundation Server. This session will provide an overview of Visual Studio Team System 2008, and will highlight new functionality across the different products.

 

Now until May 30th, 2008, or when $40,000 of rebate dollars have been distributed, be eligible to receive a rebate of up to $515 CDN per license when you purchase qualifying Open Licenses for Microsoft Visual Studio Pro w/MSDN Pro or Microsoft Visual Studio Pro w/MSDN Premium.


Evaluation Center

Help protect yourself and your PC from what is out there. Learn about PC threats!

 

 

Windows Server 2008 provides developers with flexible and connected Web and applications platform, helping to reduce the time to craft high-performing, applications and make network services available remotely. Register to download the trial software and you'll get access to resources strategically assembled to address the challenges you'll face as you discover, assess, and deploy the software.

 

SQL Server 2008, the next release of Microsoft SQL Server, will enable developers to create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on virtually any device, while allowing all your users to make informed decisions with relevant insights. For more information on SQL Server 2008 and for an opportunity to share your feedback to the product team, check out the SQL Server 2008 .


Web Resources

Understand the architectural impact of building, running, consuming and monetizing S+S solutions.

 

Jamie Laflen extols the benefits of TDD when applied to database development - and supplies some useful techniques along the way.

 

The .NET Compact Framework 3.5 provides a subset of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) functionality that you can harness to communicate between Windows Mobile-based devices and desktop PCs. This MSDN Magazine article shows you how.


Security for Developers

What exactly does the SDL have to say about Web 2.0 development? To answer this question, let's take a look at a couple of security issues that affect Web 2.0 applications, and then dive into the corresponding SDL requirements.

 

 

 


Training

Visit the Visual Studio 2008 Learning Portal to find training resources like the free downloadable e-book offer featuring Visual Studio 2008-related technologies. Then check out new and upcoming titles from Microsoft Press to enhance your training.

 

In Introducing SQL Server 2008, you'll learn about major new features in SQL Server 2008, including security, administration, and performance. Get a free offer of excerpts from this insightful new book by Peter DeBetta.

 

Deep Training offers intensive, expert-taught, custom, hands-on classes in .NET at your organization - and now self-paced courseware, too. For a limited time, get a 40% discount on our DVD- or CD-based training courseware on SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services .


KB Articles on .NET Framework

 


KB Articles on Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005

 

 


KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

 

 


KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing


Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

Cricinfo.com allows avid cricket fans to follow test matches and one-day internationals using its ball-by-ball scoring system. Based on the Microsoft .NET Framework and designed to cope with significant global demand, the Web site lets viewers follow the progress of their favorite teams.

 

To help deliver a secure collaboration platform, the United Nations Development Program deployed SharePoint Server 2007 together with Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2005, and Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004.

 

By using the .NET Framework, Allianz-Tiriac developed a system that gives employees access to data at any time, from any location. With reliable, real-time information, employees can offer customized quotes faster.


Technology Partner News

Build cross-platform and cross-language applications using Meister and Visual Studio. Meister mashes up builds between different versions of Visual Studio and Java.

 

Falafel Software releases ActiveFocus 2008, a project productivity management solution built with Web 2.0. The first license is free for all developers to enjoy.

 

New version supports Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2005 and 2008, and Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007. Download free trial.


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MSDN Flash

Volume 12, Number 6

March 19, 2008

 

In This Issue:

Local News

Evaluation Center

Web Resources

Security for Developers

Training

KB Articles on .NET Framework

KB Articles on Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005

KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing

Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

Technology Partner News

 

 

Canadian Links

 

Resources

 

Webcasts & Online Events

Interactive Developer Webcast Calendar
Choose your time zone and filter webcasts by series, product or topic, and presenter.

 

Canadian 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

Atlantic
nbdotnetdev (Moncton, New Brunswick)
St. John's .NET User Group
Halifax .NET User Group
Fredericton .NET User Group

Quebec
Montreal Visual Studio .NET User Group
Quebec City .NET User Group
Montreal BizTalk User Group

Ontario
Canada Technology Triangle User Group (Kitchener)
Toronto .NET User Group
Metro Toronto .NET User Group
Toronto Visual Basic User Group (TVBUG)
East of Toronto .NET User Group
The Toronto Chapter of the BizTalk UG (BTUG)
Ottawa .NET User Group

Manitoba
Winnipeg .NET User Group

Saskatchewan
Regina .NET User Group
Saskatoon .NET User Group

Alberta
Alberta .NET User Group (Calgary)
Edmonton .NET Wizards User Group
Lethbridge .NET User Group
DotNetCalgary User Group
Edmonton .NET User Group

British Columbia
netBC User Group (Vancouver)
VANTUG (Vancouver)
Thompson Okanagan .NET Users Group
Victoria .NET Developers Association

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