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Christian Beauclair  
Hi All,
Every now and then, I’ll stumble upon a class or an API that I don’t remember how to use. At times like these, my first instinct is to do a search on the MSDN library to figure out how it works. The search results will contain a ton of documentation but not many code samples. Fortunately, a better option now exists! The new Code Search Preview was announced earlier this month. It’s a great asset for anyone building software and looking for code samples that demonstrate class or API usage. Let’s assume you’re trying to parse XML in C#. With the Code Search Preview,
you can type “parse xml lang:c#” and boom! You have access to code examples that you can use right away. Currently, code samples are indexed from the MSDN library but it’ll be expanded in the future to include many other sources like CodePlex, ASP.NET, and many others. Happy searching!

Good Luck
Christian Smiley

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Volume 12, Number 21

September 18, 2008
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KB Articles on Visual FoxPro | XBase
KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing
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Atlantic
DevEast (Moncton, NB)
St. John's .NET User Group
DevEast (Halifax, NS)
Fredericton .NET User Group 

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

Manitoba
Winnipeg .NET User Group

Saskatchewan
Regina .NET User Group
Saskatoon .NET User Group

Alberta
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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