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Jean-Luc David

 

Hello fellow developers,

The past couple of weeks have been very exciting as the Heroes Happen {Here} tour has been progressing throughout Canada. I've personally had the great opportunity of spending time meeting many developers in Toronto, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

The one thing that really struck me during my travels was the sheer number of great events and resources coming from Canadian user groups and code camps. Being part of the community will allow you to learn new skills and connect to your peers. If you want to find out about the user groups in your area, check out the MSDN Canada Community page.

One of the big community events happening on April 5th is the Ottawa Code Camp. It's a free event that includes three tracks with over twelve sessions related to .NET development. If you are in the Ottawa area, be sure to register and check out the website.

Another great event you should take note of is DevTeach Toronto on May 12-16. DevTeach includes a great lineup of speakers, both local and from around the World. As a conference grown by Jean-Rene Roy and supported by the developer community across Canada, it provides a fantastic environment for people to connect with peers and to get world class content and resources from experts in the industry. Sign up for DevTeach here.
Finally, the countdown for Energize IT 2008 has begun. Sign up for the early bird registration, mark May 24th off on your calendar and stay tuned for more details!

Cheers,

Jean-Luc


Local News

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Register for our first April 5th Code Camp at Algonquin College, Ottawa. Camp schedule includes three tracks of speakers for a total of 12 sessions, all focused on Microsoft related development.

 

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!

 

Register for a this Silverlight 2.0 workshop including designing Silverlight applications, Coverage of Expression Blend and Visual Studio, Architecting Silverlight Solutions and more.
Toronto Training Dates:
April 21-23, 2008
May 21-23, 2008

 

Register now for our upcoming webcast!

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.

April 15, 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.

 

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.

 

Join us on April 24th 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST for a very informative webcast that will focus on how small business web solution providers can help increase their customer base while lowering the amount of time spent on building web applications. This one hour webcast will examine the challenges facing web IT solution providers today, the turnkey solutions that Microsoft offers to help ease development times and costs, and an overview of the business and technical resources the Microsoft offers to help you overcome these challenges. Register here today!

 

Answer up to 4 puzzle questions that test your developer knowledge to receive ballots for our early bird draws and grand prize draw on June 13th. Each question is more challenging than the last! A correct answer will get you 100+ ballots, and an incorrect answer will still get you 1 ballot. Visit www.CracktheCode.ca.


Evaluation Center

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 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 with the product team, check out the SQL Server 2008 resources page.

 

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite combines the functionality from all four Visual Studio Team System 2008 role-based editions (Test Edition, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, and Database Edition) to offer a comprehensive development environment for multi-disciplined team members. Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server trial . and Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition trial are also available for download.


Web Resources

This request for proposals (RFP) seeks to stimulate research and development across a broad range of health disciplines that have the potential to significantly improve health outcomes for patients. It is intended that the proposals will open new and deeply innovative avenues of research, and explore the potential for disruptive improvements to health management enabled by reusing and sharing data between people, families, caregivers, doctors and facilities.

 

MSDN Magazine explains how the ASP.NET MVC Framework's Model View Controller pattern helps you build flexible, easily tested Web applications.

 

There's a dark side to tightly coupled architectures. This MSDN Magazine article explains the drawbacks, why these architectures are hard to test, and how they limit adaptation. A number of solutions are proposed.

 

Learn how to set up and use a continuous integration server using both discrete tools and the more comprehensive CI Factory solution. MSDN Magazine explains how

 

This paper describes a comprehensive solution based on Microsoft and GigaSpaces technologies that addresses scalability and performance challenges with Excel-based applications in the securities and capital markets industry.


Security for Developers

Programs written in any language can have vulnerabilities that leave their users open to attack, but it's the C and C++ languages that have a special place in Internet history because so many security vulnerabilities are due to the very thing that makes these two programming languages so popular.

 

 

 

 


Training

Learn how to build solutions using Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Windows Communication Foundation with the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. This collection is free for a limited time.


KB Articles on Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005

 


KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

 


KB Articles on Visual FoxPro

 

 


KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing

 


Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

Vanderbilt University Medical Center created its Patient Safety Screening Tool for Sepsis using the enhanced Web technologies of Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2005, along with Office SharePoint Server 2007 and the 2007 Office system.

 

Visual Studio Team System 2008 helps accelerate solution development and supports DHS's application lifecycle management strategy, while Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 provide a reliable and easy-to-manage platform for deploying and supporting those solutions.


Technology Partner News

DevForce, the extensible .NET-based development platform, now supports Visual Studio 2008. Download a free trial.


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MSDN Flash

Volume 12, Number 7

April 2, 2008

 

In This Issue:

Local News

Evaluation Center

Web Resources

Security for Developers

Training

KB Articles on Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005

KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

KB Articles on Visual FoxPro

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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