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Jean-Luc David


Hi everyone,

I hope you are having a great summer. I'm currently attending the Agile 2008 conference in Toronto featuring luminary speakers such as Alan Cooper ("Father of Visual Basic" and inventor of Personas), James Newkirk (co-creator of nUnit and the Microsoft Unit Testing Framework), David J. Anderson (inventor of MSF for CMMI Process Improvement), Mary Poppendieck (Lean Programming Guru) and many others. Here is a photoset with some of the highlights of the event.

Another big event that is coming this Fall is the Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles between October 27-30. If you're interested in the future of the Microsoft platform, you're responsible for the technical strategy in your organization, or you're a highly skilled developer who likes to delve deep into the heart of the platform, then the PDC is for you! The sessions include exciting topics like ASP.NET Futures, Live Mesh, future Client application development and much more. Click here to sign up for the event. Finally, if you are like me and like to plan early, be sure to check out DevTeach Montreal which will run between December 1-5. DevTeach features terrific Canadian and international speakers and is a great place to network with experts and your peers! Check out their website to learn more.



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MSDN Flash

Volume 12, Number 18

August 8, 2008


In This Issue:

Local News

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




Canadian Links




Webcasts & Online Events

Interactive Developer Webcast Calendar
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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

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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