Vol 15-1 | January, 2012
MSDN Biweekly Developer Newsletter
Microsoft MSDN Flash newsletter— CANADIAN EDITION

Jonathan Rozenblit
Developer Evangelist
Microsoft Canada

  Happy new year to you! May this year be full of professional development, career growth, health and happiness!

What’s there to look forward to in 2012? I asked the team and here’s what some of them had to say:

Paul Laberge : “50,000 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace already...and the Developer Movement has just started! Have you joined the movement ?

Thomas Lewis : “2012 is the year HTML5 goes from hype to epic-ness. It brutality will know no boundaries.” (In case you don’t know, Thomas uses different forms of the word “brutal” to mean “really awesome”. Don’t look at me? Ask him for the story behind it!)

Me (Jonathan Rozenblit): “Windows Azure will continue to surprise you with new, exciting, and easy to use services for your applications.”

There’s much more, of course, but I’ll leave those for future editions of the newsletter! The bottom line is that 2012 will be an exciting year. What are you excited about? Join the conversation in the Canadian Developer Connection group on LinkedIn.

Here’s to an exciting 2012! Cheers!


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Scott Guthrie gives some background to the security update Microsoft released on 29 December to resolve a publicly disclosed Denial of Service issue present in all versions of ASP.NET, encouraging customers to deploy the update as soon as possible. If you have responsibility for any ASP.NET application then apply the patch, re-test your application, get it signed off and deploy. The security update was released via Windows Update and the Windows Server Update Service, but you can also manually download and install it via the Microsoft Download Center.

Find out what's new , download the training kit , learn about application lifecycle management and touch-centric apps , and just have fun .

WebMatrix is an all-in-one tool that lets you install, develop, optimize, deploy, and manage sites from templates or applications. Get started faster than ever with inspiring and functional new features .

The new HTML5 canvas element gives you the power to create and manipulate images and animations on the fly. It's not just for complex projects like games. Brandon Satrom demonstrates how you can use it to do some pretty cool data visualization as well.

Events Calendar

Windows 8 Development-Deeper Dive-Jan. 17, Toronto


Developer’s guide on how to enhance your SP performance-Jan. 18, Toronto


SharePoint for Executives and "InfoPath Intro"-Jan. 19, Victoria


HackDays Canada-Feb. 26, Ottawa


Confoo-Feb. 29, Montreal


Prairie Developer Conference West-March 13-15, Calgary

Windows Phone 7 Headlines

The Mango App Challenge has come and gone. The contest elicited a huge response and many happy, Canadian developers now have the sweet goodness of Mango on the Windows Phones they won as a result of publishing 2 apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Now we up the ante. Get ready to #StartSomething by joining the Developer Movement and build Windows Phone apps to win seriously awesome prizes. Fire up Visual Studio or XNA Game Studio and get started!

With 2012, you might have a few ideas up your sleeve for apps/games that you’ve always wanted to build. Windows Phone should definitely be one of the platforms you target for your upcoming masterpieces; given the momentum of the app ecosystem now is the time to seize the moment and publish. In this post we'll give you a glimpse of what we will be providing on this blog to help you get to your goal.

At CES on January 9, Nokia announced that the Lumia 710 was coming to Rogers and the Lumia 800 was coming to Telus. Watch Nokia CEO Stephen Elop discuss the Lumia 710, 800 and newly announced 900 in this video .

When you look at successful mobile apps and games, there are a few common traits that you will notice in them. They all achieve a certain set of goals that may be subtle or completely obvious (or both!). Click here to read the rest of the article.

This infographic can be found on the Windows Team blog , and it’s a great summary of how the Marketplace formed in 2011 and what was popular (and what wasn’t).

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