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From the Editor

Sasha Krsmanovic

 

Hello developers.

In the previous edition of MSDN Flash newsletter your editor wrote about Microsoft Technical Communities and the fact a lot of very talented, highly motivated developers and IT professionals are talking online and sharing information about Microsoft tools and products. I think I have the best job in Microsoft (I bet you haven't heard that one before, eh?). I get to work with top technical community contributors. They proactively seek the problems out, in both online and offline technical communities, and help developers solve their problems faster. They are called Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). To learn more about the MVP Award Program, please see my guest blog posts at the MSDN Canada developer connection blog (Part 1, Part 2). Next time you see a Blog/Newsgroup/Web forum post or a presentation done by an MVP, you can be sure about the quality of information you are getting there. There are only around 180 of them in Canada and only around 4000 worldwide!!!

If you have any questions on MVP program, please either see the MVP Program page or feel free to email me. The most up to date list of MVPs, with their respective competencies can be found at MVP Directory. Lastly, take a minute to check out the Microsoft Technical Communities and experience the forums, social bookmarking, and wikis designed to help you connect and get things done. It's about community. Make it yours.

Sasha,


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MSDN Flash

Volume 12, Number 17

July 23, 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 Visual FoxPro | XBase

Technology Partner News

Training

Webcasts & Online Events

 

 

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
Edmonton .NET Wizards User Group
Lethbridge .NET User Group
Calgary .NET 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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