Vol 15-4 | February, 2012
MSDN Biweekly Developer Newsletter
Microsoft MSDN Flash newsletter— CANADIAN EDITION

Jonathan Rozenblit
Developer Evangelist
Microsoft Canada

  In a blog post last July, Damir talked about an expanded and richer TechDays Experience that will be the one-stop shop for great technical learning content all year round and in the future. Well, that one-stop shop is now online and available to you at techdays.ca.

Here are just a few things you’ll find on techdays.ca:

- Sessions

- Hands-on labs

- Case studies

- Whitepapers

- Interviews

Starting in February, TechDays TV will be bringing you new developer sessions every two weeks (IT Pro sessions will be playing the other two weeks if you’re interested). Tune in and watch the sessions, ask questions via chat, and have them answered by the experts. Stay tuned to the Canadian Developer Connection blog or follow TechDays on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn for upcoming sessions.

So now what? Open your calendar and set aside some time on an ongoing basis then head over to techdays.ca and get start learning! Why? “Because there’s always more to learn.”


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Prairie Developer Conference is the conference event for software professionals in the Canadian prairies! Featuring technical experts, and including session styles such as hands-on coding, panel discussions, and lectures, Prairie Developer Conference is an exceptional learning opportunity! Register for our March 2012 event today!

Learn how you can create a custom charting component and integrate it with an SSRS report, and how you can develop a custom report renderer (by extending a native one) to render a report just as you like.

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Refactoring to Clean Code-Feb. 8, Regina


HackDays Canada-Feb. 26, Ottawa


Confoo-Feb. 29, Montreal


Prairie Developer Conference West-March 13-15, Calgary

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