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John Bristowe

 

Hello fellow developers,

Next month is Energize IT 2008! On Saturday, May 24th, members of the Canadian IT industry from around the greater Toronto area will converge on the Toronto Congress Centre for an exciting, action-packed event. Energize IT 2008 will revolve around keynote speakers and information sessions aimed at connecting the community while providing you with the opportunity to discover the latest technologies. It will also provide you with the necessary tools to sharpen your technical skills and will help you to develop and define your career goals. Don't miss out on this exciting (and free) event! Register today!

DevTeach - one of the best developer conferences in Canada - is less than two weeks away! Are you going? If not, you'll be missing out on a keynote address by Scott Hanselman, a panel discussion featuring Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell, a highly-acclaimed "Party with Palermo" social event with Jeffrey Palermo, the ability to attend tons of sessions covering the latest & greatest technologies, and the opportunity to connect with many of your peers from across Canada and around the world. Now, why on Earth would you want to miss all of that?! Register today!

Cheers.

Christian


Local News

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.

 

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:
May 21-23, 2008

 

Register now for our upcoming webcast!

May 06, 2008 @ 1pm EST- Building New Experiences with Expression Studio

This session will provide an overview of Expression Studio, explain its capabilities, and demonstrate core functionality available to developers and designers alike.

May 13, 2008 @ 1pm EST - Introducing Visual Studio Team System 2008

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.

 

 

Looking to get better acquainted with SQL Server 2005 Express for building your next application? Take a look at this Video Series: SQL Server 2005 Express Edition for Beginners. This includes almost 9 hours of video-based instruction that allows you to select your starting point based on your skill set, and walks SQL Server beginners through the steps of learning about SQL Server databases to actually connecting a SQL Server database to a Web application.


Evaluation Center

Office Communications Server 2007 is a unified communications platform that enables you to efficiently build productivity-enhancing applications on top of an extensible software foundation. When you download the 180-day trial software, you're automatically registered to receive valuable resources delivered at specific intervals throughout the software evaluation period.

 

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


Web Resources

Speech Server 2007 lets you create sophisticated voice-response applications with the Microsoft .NET Framework and Visual Studio tool integration. Here's how.

 

Performance problems can creep into your Web app as it scales up, and when they do, you need to find the causes and the best strategies to address them.

 

Animating with Silverlight is easier than you think. Here we create a 3D app that folds a polyhedron using XAML and C#, and emulates the DirectX math libraries.

 

Windows IT Pro Magazine details the strides Microsoft has made with HPC Server 2008.


Security for Developers

 

 

 

 


Training

This three-day instructor-led course will give you the knowledge and skills to build and configure a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)-based solution.

 

Make sure hiring managers and project leads notice you - with a Microsoft Certification. Demonstrate your understanding of new features and technologies, and inspire confidence in your readiness to design and create applications by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.


KB Articles on on .NET Framework

 

 


KB Articles on Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio .NET

 

 


KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

 

 

 


Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

Aachen University in Aachen, Germany, deployed a 262-node cluster and achieved 18.81 TFlops with 76.5 percent efficiency.

 

Learn more about trends in high-performance computing in the oil and gas industry, from exploration through refining and marketing, worldwide.


Technology Partner News

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 7.1 and MDG Integration tightly integrate UML and open-standards modeling into Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

 

Kentico publishes a free Web site template for user groups based on Kentico CMS for ASP.NET.


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MSDN Flash

Volume 12, Number 9

April 30, 2008

 

In This Issue:

Local News

Evaluation Center

Web Resources

Security for Developers

Training

KB Articles on on .NET Framework

KB Articles on Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio .NET

KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

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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