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From the Editor

Jean-Luc David


Hello developers.

Summer is here and it's time to plan vacations, go golfing, spend time at the cottage, and work around the house. Like most geeks, I also like to spend some of my time checking the latest tech news and trying out new tools and technologies.

If you are a Web developer, you should definitely download and test out Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 on your websites. The goal of Internet Explorer 8 is to render content in its most standards-compliant way by default. By making your sites Web standards interoperable, you can focus more on building innovative features (rather than having to modify content for different browsers).

Browsing with this default setting may cause content written for previous versions of Internet Explorer to display differently than intended. If this is the case, check out these helpful step-by-step instructions, the Readiness Toolkit and further insight at the Internet Explorer Developer Center.

Speaking of up and coming Web technologies, on July 16th special guest John Lam from Redmond will be presenting at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group. The title of the presentation is "IronRuby: Should you fear or embrace dynamic languages?". If you live in the area, click here to register for the event.

Have a great one!



Local News

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Web Resources

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Security for Developers




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KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access



KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing



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Volume 12, Number 13

June 25, 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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