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From the Editor
John Bristowe  
Hi Canadian Developers,

September has been a tremendously exciting month for Canadian developers! There seems to be no shortage of news worth checking out. Some recent highlights include: A ton of information from the team for Internet Explorer IE Team on the numerous improvements made to Internet Explorer 8; Scott Guthrie announcing Silverlight 2 Release Candidate and support for jQuery in Visual Studio; and the latest announcements surrounding the .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010.
With so much stuff going on, we want ensure your continuing success when developing applications for Windows or for the Web, which is why I’m excited to tell you about a new event…

Beginning Oct 29th, Microsoft Canada will host Tech•Days 2008; an event where the rich learning experience of Tech•Ed is brought to seven Canadian cities. With a customizable schedule and up to forty 200+ level sessions for IT professionals and developers alike, you can dive into a wide selection of the latest Microsoft-based technologies. And with Birds-of-a-feather lunches you can make connections with Microsoft experts, consultants and peers. Plus, all attendees receive a Learning Kit with an approximate value of $1,000 to keep the learning going after the event. Spark your passion for technology! Buy your ticket to Tech•Days today!

Good Luck
John BristoweJohn

Tech Days P.S. Want to keep track of when TechDays is coming to your area? Download the TechDays Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista and start counting down today!

Local News
Canada  
Join us for a webinar on October 8, 2008 from 2:00-3:00 PM EST to discover why Team Dev Central through a hosted Team Foundation Server solution can help you simplify the administration, operations and maintenance of your software development projects. ** PLUS – receive a FREE evaluation account for you to use just for attending. Register Today.
Canada  
Oct 21st, 2008: 12:00-1:00pm EST: An Introduction to the Microsoft Operations Framework
Canada  
Oct 14, 2008: 12:00-1:00pm EST: Adapting to the Upcoming Generation of Digital Native Employees
Canada  
Take advantage of a search solution that’s simple to deploy, easy to manage and provides your end-users with quick access to the assets they need. Discover Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express, and download your free software today.
Canada  
Join us on October 23, 2008 from 2:00-3:00 PM EST where you can learn: •The business value proposition of Internet Explorer 8 to your web applications •How to prepare your web application to support Internet Explorer 8 •How to take advantage of the new and compelling features of Internet Explorer 8 Register Today!
Canada  
Canada  
Innovate On is a central portal for ISVs designed to provide valuable tools and resources for Microsoft’s most pertinent technologies, as well as support for your marketing and sales efforts. This portal consolidates all resources into one centralized location, including: Create your profile today at www.innovateon.com . It takes 5 minutes and is free!
Canada  
Workshops and case studies will showcase IT Optimization. Learn to manage change, help reduce costs and improve your existing infrastructure. Running October to November in Canada, the tour is stopping in cities across Canada. Seating is limited, so Register Now.

Web Resources
Web  
4-part Web seminar series will discuss different strategies for how to go through an upgrade of applications deployed on SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008. You will learn all the elements of SQL Server 2008 upgrades and application compatibility testing. We will discuss how to deal with migration of data types and existing application logic.
Web  
In this series, you will examine application lifecycle management from a number of perspectives, including the business analyst, project manager, architect, developer, and tester.
Web  
Learn about the fundamental features/changes in the new Server platform, including enhancements in security, Web application platform, virtualization, availability, administration, and more.
Web  
Distributed systems guru Adnan Masood introduces the Representational State Transfer (REST) architectural style and its design principles, and discusses how they can be implemented using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) 3.5.
Web  
On Demand
Learn about Visual WebGui architecture and developing methodologies, which provide the basic tools to become a Visual WebGui developer.

Training
Training  
Ramp Up, a free, online, community-based learning program, will be adding a new SharePoint Developer track the second week of October, with an intermediate track added the following month. We've also updated the Ramp Up graduation award on October 16th; those of you who have graduated, or want to graduate, before then and redeem the current graduation award have only 5 weeks left to do so. Want to help shape the future direction and strategy of the Ramp Up program? E-mail us for more information.
Training  
Learn the benefits of maintaining a branch office network in Windows Server 2008. This short, interactive presentation will get you up to speed quickly.
Training  
Worried about your Microsoft certification exam? Don't sweat it. If you don't pass the first time, Microsoft is giving you a second chance, free.
Training  
Download Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 by Peter DeBetta, Greg Low, and Mark Whitehorn.
Training  
Intensive, expert-taught, custom, hands-on classes in ASP.NET & SQL Server Reporting Services at your organization. Plus, get a 40% discount on our SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services DVD- or CD-based training courseware.
Training  
Learn Microsoft SharePoint 2007 with award-winning training from AppDev. Each download includes four hours of media runtime, along with courseware, labs, and sample code.

Security for Developers
Security  
Get information on this security update that affects Windows, Visual Studio, the .NET Framework, SQL Server, Visual FoxPro, Office, and other applications.
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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.

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Volume 12, Number 22

October 6, 2008
In This Issue:
Local News
Web Resources
Training
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
Resources
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 www.ineta.org and email msdnteam@microsoft.com

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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