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Jean-Luc David  
Hey Canadian Developers!

One of my passions is Web development - I’ve been building websites and Web applications for well over fourteen years now. If you also love the Web, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on the Canadian Developers blog. The cornerstone of all Web technologies is the browser - one of the key challenges in the past has been to make your content look equally great across all platforms and all browsers. Thanks to Web standards, that process has become a lot easier today. I recently posted a video interview with Pete LePage who talks about Internet Explorer 8.0 Beta 2 and some of the tools and techniques to help make your websites more standards-compliant. I’m planning to do a screencast series to help you learn some of the skills to solve these hard problems. If there is a screencast you would like to see, please feel free to contact me or my team.
I do hope you had a great Labour Day long weekend and got the opportunity to spend some quality time with your friends and family. I spent that time cleaning up, putting old dusty computer books in storage and I got suddenly struck by how fast technology is moving - books that I bought just a couple of years ago now seem ancient! In the IT field, we have to constantly upgrade our skills and that can be a huge challenge. I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that my team and I are here to support you in learning new skills and help you be successful in the IT industry. It’s easy to feel like you are being bombarded by information overload - we want to help provide a filter to make it easier for you - the right information at the right time to help you manage change. Is there a technology you really need to learn this year? How do you like to learn new skills? Books, online articles, in-person training - drop me a line at or contact our team through our blog at and I pledge that we will do our best to simplify that process for you.

All the best,

Local News
The Ignite your Career webcast series was a huge success last year. We have broadened the topics and are reaching out to all sorts of audiences - it doesn't matter if you manage infrastructure, development, or architecture. This is your opportunity to connect and engage with your peers and Microsoft on your own time. Please join us for our first set of webcasts beginning September 16th.

Ignite Your Career - Architect Series:
Design Patterns - What are they, how are they used?
September 16th, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Ignite Your Career - Manage Series:
Attracting and retaining talent to your organization
September 23rd, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Microsoft TechNet’s ALIGN IT Tour is a complimentary morning event featuring real-world strategies for IT Optimization. Along with a step-by-step guide to optimizing your infrastructure for the technological challenges of tomorrow and beyond, IT managers, your customers, will be prepared to communicate the business value of a fully optimized IT environment for their organization. Attendees will receive a copy of Directions on Microsoft Roadmap.
Attend a webinar being held on Monday September 15th, 2008 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST to get a review of the market momentum for Windows Vista since launch, including facts on customer adoption, knowledge of the best development tricks for Windows Vista (and which traps to watch out for), and a review of best practices and resources to help you develop for or migrate your existing applications. Register today!
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 : Sep 24 – 26, Oct 15-17.
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.
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.
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Web Resources
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Security for Developers
Our experiences with the SDL over the last 5 years have taught us that you need to consider security and privacy (but remember, you have to ship too!) very early in the design phase and have a consistent end-to-end process if you truly hope to reduce vulnerabilities and create more-secure software.

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
In this series of courses we will examine each of the components that make up this platform: Team Foundation Server, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. Upon completion of these courses, you will have the fundamentals necessary to understand and use Visual Studio Team System.
Windows HPC Server Development, the MPI Application Model
Learn about the new NetworkDirect RDMA technology and how it enables very fast, high-bandwidth, distributed shared memory computing. MS MPI is now integrated with Event Tracing for Windows easing the task of profiling, analysis, and visualization of HPC solution performance.
September 11, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
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Discover the best practices for writing secure code and stopping malicious hackers in their tracks - direct from the top security experts at Microsoft! Through August 27, you can download the e-book of Writing Secure Code, Second Edition for free. This offer requires a valid Windows Live ID and the access code 7234-N4E8-4995. Download the e-book today.
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Volume 12, Number 20

September 4, 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

DevEast (Moncton, NB)
St. John's .NET User Group
DevEast (Halifax, NS)
Fredericton .NET User Group 

Montreal .NET Community
Quebec City .NET 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
North of Toronto .NET User Group
Toronto SharePoint User Group
Toronto Silverlight User Group
Toronto SQL Server User Group (TSSUG)
Sudbury .NET User Group Professional Association for SQL Server
Ottawa .NET User Group

Winnipeg .NET User Group

Regina .NET User Group
Saskatoon .NET User Group

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

British Columbia
netBC User Group (Vancouver)
VANTUG (Vancouver)
Vancouver PASS Chapter
Victoria .NET Developer Association
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