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John Oxley  
Hello Canadian Developers!

I’m pretty excited to have this opportunity connect with you. Sharing my thoughts in this manner is something new for me. Normally one of my team would comment on a specific topic to help support you in your role or grow your skills, yet I felt I needed to reach out, connect and to share our commitment to you! This desire stemmed from a personal experience I had last week. I was out getting some books for my kids first day of school and I had to smile. I know this was their first step in a long journey of learning and it brought me back to my path. It seems that this is what I’ve been doing ever since I’ve been in IT, learning and growing. I’m sure many of you have similar experiences and know this all too well.
Our industry is fast moving and an exciting one in which to build a career, where change is the constant, innovation is still in its infancy and as such, the potential of what we can build or develop is unlimited. There are so many solutions, products and experiences to be gained with not much time in which to learn, grow skills and build a career....especially given the daily demands and desire to have a life. As technology matures, the rate of innovation accelerates and our roles evolve, so does the difficulty in keeping up. As an industry, I feel we need to adapt and support each other through these changes. This is where we want to help. From student to CIO we have and will continue to support you though Microsoft’s many online programs, events and activities. We are passionate about supporting your potential. From helping grow your business and technical skills, to connecting you to the right people, technology partners,and resources, we are committed to earning your trust so you are very satisfied with your relationship with us. It’s paramount that we need to build a foundation to support you in being very satisfied with your relationship with Microsoft.

To do this, you’ve been pretty clear with your feedback in that we need to be committed to you and your development. I agree and we are going to continue to build on what do today. We are going to bring real world deep technical skills training to Canada, increase our transparency, our career events and industry participation. From Women in IT programs, technical skills events, career building sessions, to sponsoring many user group and industry communities across this country.... we are committed to building your trust, supporting your development in a manner which earns your satisfaction. I hope over the course of this year you get engaged, enjoy your journey and reach out to share your experiences. You can connect directly to me or my team via our customer blogs or please don’t hesitate to email me at

John and Your Team of Developer Advisors

Local News
Join us in this years QUEST (Quality Engineered Software and Testing Conference) Toronto 2008. This unique event for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) professionals will be happening September 22-26, 2008, right here in Toronto Hilton Hotel. The event line up includes certification opportunities, exhibiter expos, a two day manager solution workshop and much more.
The Expression Professional Subscription is to designers what MSDN is to professional developers - the SA for Expression Studio and the complete toolkit to help designers and Web developers build compelling user experiences. This subscription offers unbeatable value and includes the following: Expression Studio, including Expression Web and Expression Blend, Visual Studio Standard, Office Standard and Office Visio Professional, Windows Vista Business Edition and Windows XP Professional, Virtual PC, Parallels Desktop for Mac and PC, Design, Development and Test licenses, Technical Support Incidents.
Register for our three day Silverlight 2 Tour Workshop where you can learn about Silverlight 2 Design, Development and the Server-Side. The Workshop is structured with a variety of learning techniques; a mix of didactic lessons, demonstrations and hands-on labs. Upcoming Workshop dates include : Aug 27 – 29, Sep 24 – 26.
For the agenda, course details and to register, visit the site.
SP1 builds on the enhancements already introduced in Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5. Visual Studio 2008, providing a consistent, integrated experience for software development teams, and providing a reliable solution for developing applications for the latest platforms: the Web, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, the 2007 Office system, and beyond.
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.
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.
Register today for a webinar on the new features and opportunities available with SQL Server 2008 for ISVs and Solution Providers being held on Thursday August 28th, 2008 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. This one hour webinar will provide developers with a greater understanding of the enhancements made to this new database platform, including improved performance, security, reporting, and the ability to work with a variety of data types (including geospatial and FILESTREAM). Register Today!
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Web Resources
The goal of the ADO.NET Data Services Framework is to create a simple REST-based framework for exposing and consuming data-centric services easily.
We introduce you to the EDI functionality within BizTalk Server 2006 R2, illustrating schema creation, document mapping, EDI delivery and transmission, and exception handling.
In this excerpt from his upcoming book, Laurence Moroney explains the basics of Silverlight animation and the animation tools available in Expression Blend.

Security for Developers
Adam Shostack is working on a paper about "Experiences Threat Modeling at Microsoft" for an academic workshop on security modeling. He'd like your input. What questions should he try to answer? What would you like to know about?

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

KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing

Webcasts & Online Events

This Web seminar will cover the different products for server virtualization (Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Virtual Server 2005, and Virtual PC) and the usage scenarios for each. Usage scenarios include server consolidation, disaster recovery, branch office, high availability, development and testing, and more.
This session will serve as introduction to each virtualization product: Server Virtualization, Application Virtualization, and Presentation Virtualization, and the purpose of each. It will also introduce the benefits of management using System Center.
This session will cover, at a fairly high level, the top new improvements in Windows Server 2008 and the benefits they can bring for businesses. Topics include improvements in security, Web, architecture, management, and virtualization, among others. Other sessions will dive deeply into the technological improvements that are introduced here.

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Volume 12, Number 19

August 20, 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
KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing
Webcasts & Online Events
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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