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Let Us Help You — Resources to Maximize Your Time and Efforts Vol 14-20 | September, 2011
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It’s that time of the year again when we all settle back in after an (hopefully) amazing summer and try to catch up on everything that’s been going on. The team ( Susan Ibach , Paul Laberge , Frédéric Harper ) and I thought we’d take this opportunity to make that as easy and effortless as possible and highlight three resources to get you back up to speed in no time:

Canadian Developer Connection on LinkedIn. The Canadian Developer Connection LinkedIn group is one way we can help you do that. By connecting you with your Canadian peers and community experts, the group is your gateway to engaging conversations, networking opportunities, learning, and getting any questions you may have answered.

If you’re not yet a member, I’d like to invite you to join the group . If you are, join the conversation and enjoy the benefits of being part of an amazing community.

Canadian Developer Connection Blog. If you don’t already, be sure to check out the Canadian Developer Connection blog for developer news and updates, how-to’s, and training resources on Windows Phone, Windows Azure, HTML5, as well as non-technical, career relevant content. Check the blog frequently and stay connected via RSS and/or Twitter .

Developer Resources. The team and I have gathered some developer-focused resources that we think you’ll find valuable. You’ll find them here. We’ll be updating them regularly, and would love your help. If there are resources that you think would be beneficial to others, please let us know!

That’s all for now! Hopefully I’ll see you at TechDays in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal ( register today) or at TechDays Online . In the meantime, feel free to connect with me via the social channels of your choice ( LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook , Email ).

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Featured Article by David Wesst

Multi-Platform Apps with HTML5 and IE9

“We should make an app”, says your boss while playing with her new smartphone. This statement tends to can get very expensive and scary for developers since there are so many “app” platforms out there. Yet, it is a totally valid request from a product owner. Luckily for us, Microsoft has our back by giving us a solution that can make building multi-platform apps easier with HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9. Read the rest of the article here .

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SDEC11-Oct. 17, 18, 19-Winnipeg

SDEC11 organizers have extended the Early Bird discount to MSDN E-Newsletter subscribers. Follow the links to register for this great  conference, and use ‘MS1019SDEC’ as the promo discount code when you register!
Windows Phone Development Resources

One of the challenges facing developers of new platforms is the ability to find the right resources necessary to get up and running so you can create solutions quickly. This is no different for Windows Phone. This page is a list of resources specific to Windows Phone and is meant to be a “living document” (i.e.: we will update it with fresh links as they come available and removing stale links as needed).
SQL Server Development Tools: the "Juneau" Database Project

With the new Database Project in the latest version of SQL Server Developer Tools, you can now perform your database development in the same environment as your application development. We introduce the new release.
How to Navigate the HTML5 Video Maze

Nigel Parker breaks down your options for supporting video on the desktop and mobile devices, including the pros and pitfalls of rolling your own player in HTML5.
Tech·Days Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Tech·Days, the premier technical training event for Developers like you, is back this fall and stopping in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal and bringing with us an amazing line up of speakers, experts, hands-on labs and MORE to help you learn the technology and enhance your skills. Register Today for $399.99*.
Standards 101: Understanding the importance of open standards

I’m Gregg Brown, and I work with Craig Shank and Steve Mutkoski in the Interoperability Group at Microsoft. As my colleagues pointed out, collaboration, competition and consumer trust are important to effective standards, and transparency and a commitment to technical excellence are earmarks of a process that will lead to useful standards. Of course these are just the start, in the end the marketplace decides which standards will become widely used. It would save a lot of hard work and bad coffee if we could develop just the successful standards, but unfortunately great process doesn’t guarantee great standards. In reality, the individual implementation decisions of many developers determine in aggregate what is used and what is forgotten. Read the rest of the article here .
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