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Christian Beauclair


Hello fellow developers,

Wow. The Heroes Happen Here tour is now over. 14 cities, thousands of developers and a great time just came to a close. I had the chance to meet many of you and I'm always amazed by the passion you demonstrate. Continue sharing this passion with the next generation of developers so that Canada stays strong.

But the conversation doesn't end here. Workinging in your career growth and helping you manage change means we need to keep you up to date. You will find the post launch content at and the details of the community connection events at You can also expect more content through our "Ignite your coding" WebCast series and we are already planning our next fall visits, so keep your eyes on your inbox for the latest flash with details.

I also want to acknowledge the great success of the first Ottawa Code Camp. They ended up with twice the amount of people they initially expected. The Ottawa Code Camp organizers would like to thank the community for making the Code Camp such a success. All I can say is that I am impressed with the community passion to support each other.



Local News

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 22, 2008 @ 1pm EST- New Testing Features in VSTS 2008

Visual Studio Team System 2008 introduces new capabilities to help drive higher application quality, including AJAX application testing and correlation, more quality metrics, and more core functionality. This session will explore the new testing capabilities being introduced in Visual Studio Team System in 2008.

April 29, 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.


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!


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.


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

Evaluation Center

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


Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 enables individual developers and small development teams to create outstanding user experiences and break through productivity challenges. Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server trial and Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite trial are also available for download.

Web Resources

Don't wait until you hear it from other people, see the latest in computer technology news now and stay updated!


MSDN Magazine introduces the Visual Studio Profiler by walking through a sample performance investigation and identifying code inefficiencies in some sample applications.


OBA solution patterns help architects and developers build Office business applications (OBAs). This article introduces the seven core OBA solution patterns and applies one to a real-world problem.


This month, Extreme ASP.NET demonstrates how the ListView control in ASP.NET 3.5 makes data-binding tasks easier with support for styling with CSS, flexible pagination, and tons more.


I'm not ranking in Live Search, what can I do? If your site is not performing in Live Search or you are not being indexed by Live Search, here are some steps you can take to change course and improve your rank.

Security for Developers





Whether you are learning new features or planning to deploy new systems and technologies, visit Microsoft Learning to find a robust set of training resources.


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 Team Development, Source Control, and Testing

Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

Learn how Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 can be used to manage a Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 cluster with the Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Management Pack.

Technology Partner News

New development on .NET framework builds on Microsoft Entity Framework and LINQ to deliver multi-tier applications.


Exclusive offer by DevExpress: Download over 40 individual controls for Visual Studio .NET free of charge.


Use Pegasus Imaging Activities for document image cleanup in your own workflow applications or SharePoint-based applications.


Powerful RAD tool fully integrated in Visual Studio 2008 to create professional SQL Server-based database applications.

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Volume 12, Number 8

April 16, 2008


In This Issue:

Local News

Evaluation Center

Web Resources

Security for Developers


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




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 and email

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

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

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

Winnipeg .NET User Group

Regina .NET User Group
Saskatoon .NET User Group

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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