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Register early for DevTeach now and save! Vol 13-2 | January 28, 2010
John Bristowe
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DevTeach is coming to the Toronto/Mississauga area on March 8-12! I’ve attended DevTeach for numerous years and have found it to be one of the best conferences we have in Canada. This year, I’m honoured to be tech chair for the Windows Development track, which will feature some great sessions to highlight how to take your applications to the next level on Windows 7 through the Windows API Code Pack , improve your productivity by leveraging the ADO.NET Entity Framework , learn some tips and tricks with Visual Studio 2010 , and much more! In addition to the Windows Development track, DevTeach will feature tracks on agile development, IT architecture, SharePoint, Silverlight, and Web development. You’ll find the technical training you’re looking for at this great event.

As part of my team’s commitment to supporting the technical skills of Canadian developers, Microsoft Canada is proud to sponsor DevTeach by providing Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Premium to each attendee of the main conference. That’s an estimated retail value of $2499! What’s more, if you register before January 30th ($799) you can save on the regular price of admission. Don’t miss this great opportunity to sharpen your technical skills and connect with other members of the technical community. Register today!

We've also teamed up with DevTeach to present the DevTeach-Learn How to Build Killer Apps Using Windows 7 Community Tour . Join Richard Campbell and Kate Gregory for an action-packed overview on Windows 7 application development. This FREE event across 7 cities, will provide you with the information you need to better understand the Windows 7 platform. Register for one of the sessions here  scheduled in the near future.

Finally, for those of you who cannot make it to DevTeach , we’ve got some awesome activities/events coming your way! We’ll have some exciting announcements around the upcoming EnergizeIT tour shortly. Also, Joey deVilla and I will be hosting the Ignite Your Coding webcast series in March. Keep an eye on your inbox for information on these and other great activities/events in the next few weeks!

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NEWS IN A FLASH

Energize IT 2010: From the Client to the Cloud — coming soon!

In just a few weeks, exclusive registration will first be offered to our valuable MSDN Flash subscribers to register for the Energize IT 2010: From the Client to the Cloud event series.  Energize IT is a local program that is about what’s possible and how you can leverage the Microsoft-based platform to help satisfy business requirements while increasing IT and end-user productivity.  Through a series of activities online and events across Canada scheduled later this spring, we will show you how to take advantage of the Microsoft-based platform to help your organization navigate the choppy waters of the current reality, and help provide guidance on how to get there. Stay tuned here for more details.
Get a chance to WIN $7000

Are you building a Web? Considering building a prototype? Build IT on a Cloud...Build IT on Azure...! From Jan 25th-Mar 31st 2010, deploy an application on Windows Azure and get a chance to win $7000...! The more applications you deploy, the more chances to win. Details.
Windows 7 Release Candidate Expiration

The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) expires on June 1, 2010. Starting March 1, 2010, your PC will shut down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. Avoid interruption, either upgrade to the released version of Windows 7 or install a prior version of Windows before March 1, 2010. Learn more.
Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Offer Available!

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Visual Studio MSDN Attach!

Have Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 Professional without an MSDN subscription? Attach MSDN Premium to your Visual Studio Professional license now, save up to $500 USD , AND convert to Visual Studio 2010 with a more advanced edition of MSDN when it ships. 
Register for “Tracking and Managing work in VSTS Part 1: Work Item Tracking” webcast on February 2nd from 1pm to 2:30pm EST

From managing the all up project, to delivering high quality artifacts, the process of software development is complex. In this session, we will focus on using capabilities of Team Foundation Server to allow all members of the project team to communicate effectively, manage deliverables effectively, and track changes, using Work Item Tracking.
Ignite Your Coding webcast series is coming back in March 2010

In this world of technological flux, this webcast series is here to help manage change by supporting you with the latest developer skills training. Industry experts will share their expertise, learning processes and most importantly answer your questions live! Check out www.microsoft.ca/ignite for all the latest updates.
Register for upcoming webcasts on “How SQL 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 can save ISV’s time and money ” on January 28th at 2pm to 3pm EST

Please join Jamie Wakeam and Stephen Giles, Microsoft Partner Technology Advisor, to discuss some of the new features in SQL Server 2008 R2 that enable higher mission-critical scale and expanded reporting and analytics through self-service business intelligence. Register for this webcast series now.
MFC and Windows 7

MFC’s been around since 1992, and it’s still going strong — the newest version will ship with Visual Studio 2010. In this video, Pat Brennan talks about how it takes advantage of the new Windows 7 features, from the taskbar to the Ribbon UI to the restart manager.
Hit List

This week’s “Hit List” (the links in the box on the right) is made up of a series of quick tips by Ottawa-based developer and blogger Colin Melia . He’s been writing up a storm on Azure and Silverlight development, and we thought that he should be recognized for his efforts, which is why we’re highlighting his stuff. Are you writing up a storm on .NET or other Microsoft developer tools and technologies? Want to get it in front of the entire MSDN Flash Canada readership? Drop Joey deVilla a line and let him know!
Hit List: Colin Melia’s Quick Tips
Hosting Services For Silverlight On Windows Azure

Detecting the Windows Azure-based Environment During Your Development Cycle

Scaling a Silverlight Canvas on Browser Resizing

Retain ASP.NET Dynamic Recompile Changes During Windows Azure Debugging

See more...
Training Resources
New Features in .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 . Eight sessions on what’s coming with the new .NET and Visual Studio, including new parallel programming features, dynamic languages, ADO.NET enhancements, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC.
Entity Framework in .NET 4.0 . Somasegar looks at new features coming to Entity Framework, from foreign key support to lazy loading to POCO support and more.
What’s New in WPF 4 . These videos cover enhancements in the next version of WPF. You’ll learn about touch/multi-touch, new controls, the Visual State Manager, graphics enhancements and more.
Security for Developers
Introducing Quick Security References (QSRs) . Introducing a new kind of security guidance paper — the QSR. They’ll help you get up to speed when you’re knee-deep in a security breach and once it’s over, help you establish new practices and protocols for preventing future incidents.
SDL Quick Security Reference — Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and SQL Injection Attacks . The first of the Quick Security Reference (QSR) papers. These first two cover XSS and SQL injection, two classic “black hat” tricks. Learn what they are and how to counter them!
OWASP’s SQL Injection Prevention Cheat Sheet . Very good guidance from some people who’ve thought long and hard about security. Don’t fall victim to “ Bobby Tables ”!
2010: The Year We Make (C#)ontact
Tuples, Anonymous Types and Concrete Types . Learn how to use Visual Studio 2010 to build SharePoint solutions, build Silverlight applications with the SharePoint 2010 client object model and use LINQ to SharePoint to create SharePoint entities.
Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4.0 Platform . The latest edition of Andrew Troelsen’s must-have reference has been released!
Building a LINQ Provider . A how-to-with code, even — on building a simple IQueryable provider similar to LINQ to SQL provider, with all that CRUDdy goodness.
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