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John Bristowe


Hey everyone,

If you've been reading the news lately, chances are that you've heard some of buzz surrounding Live Mesh. Live Mesh provides a virtually seamless "just works" experience that puts you at the center of your digital world by connecting you with the people you care about and putting you in control of your information, applications, and devices.

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Local News

This summer, ObjectSharp invites you to take advantage of reduced pricing on its premiere .NET training courses for .NET including BizTalk, SharePoint, WCF, WPF and more! Save up to $500/person on our real-world courses piloted by industry Top Guns - including six Microsoft MVPs and one Microsoft Regional Director. View all of the details on this link and book your training today.


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If you acquire Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 through the Microsoft Volume Licensing Program between now and May 31, 2008 you're eligible to receive a 250 GB external USB hard drive. Full terms and conditions below.


The user group is targeted at both designers and developers who are interested in learning about Silverlight and how the two parties can work together more seamlessly to create rich user experience on the web. The first meeting is for those who are interested in Silverlight in the the GTA area to meet and network with each other.
Time: 6:30PM, Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Location: 222 Bay St. Toronto, ON


Due to popular demand for Microsoft Canada's three live events on "Building Compelling Websites", there is now a one hour webcast being held on June 5, 2008 dedicated to building standards-based websites with Expression Studio 2 as well as the specific features available for PHP developers. Register Today.


Due to popular demand for Microsoft Canada's three live events on "Building Compelling Websites", there is now a webcast being held on June 5, 2008 from 2 PM to 3 PM. This webcast will focus on building standards-based websites with Expression Studio 2, Expression Web 2, and specific features available for PHP developers. Register Today


See what is going on in the world of technology and who is doing what. Keep up with the latest tech news and more.


Plan for Successful Team Development with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System. In this 1-hour webinar a Programmer's Paradise team development consultant will share practical insights for planning and implementing a successful move to team development with Visual Studio Team System.
June 19th: 1pm.

Evaluation Center

Microsoft's unified communications platform enables developers to efficiently build secure, productivity-enhancing applications on top of an extensible software foundation. Try it today!


Windows Server 2008 provides developers with the most secure, flexible and connected Web and applications platform, reducing the time to craft high-performing, standards-compliant applications and make network services available remotely. Download it now.

Web Resources

MSDN Magazine shows you how to build a document-level Visual Studio Tools for Office customization and integrate it with a content type in SharePoint.


A report from the Imagine Cup 2008 U.S. Finals and what the computer industry is doing to promote the principles of environmental sustainability.


Set up every mobile device in your company with just a few lines of code and some XML, thanks to the provisioning APIs in the Windows Mobile SDK.

Security for Developers

There are two dimensions to consider when characterizing software security metrics: functional requirements and engineering quality requirements.



Make no mistake: this is tough stuff. This needs to be an industry-wide, long-term effort, and it's about more than just technology. Enabling true end-to-end trust will require that we continue to build on technology progress while aligning those innovations more closely with social, economic, and political forces.


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



KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access



KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing



KB Articles on Visual FoxPro | XBase



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Technology Partner News

Use Pegasus Imaging's PDF Xpress to create, view, and modify PDF documents. Perform text searching, handle metadata, annotations, bookmarks, and thumbnails.


Visual WebGui introduces revolutionary Web development: Windows Forms designer over ASP.NET AJAX deployment, with DHTML or Silverlight as presentation layer.


New from IdeaBlade: a detailed overview of the Entity Framework, including a discussion of how developers can begin working with entities and LINQ to Entities.

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Volume 12, Number 11

May 29, 2008


In This Issue:

Local News

Evaluation Center

Web Resources

Security for Developers

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

KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing

KB Articles on Visual FoxPro | XBase


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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