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TechDays 2010 News, Register for SharePoint Development Tour Vol 13-7 | April 8, 2010
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As I write this, I’m preparing to join the EnergizeIT tour which wraps up at the end of the month. Already as you may have read in our recent Developer Blog , we're starting to work on TechDays, which returns this fall with some new additions that you demanded! We added Edmonton to the tour’s original 7 cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax), boosted the minimum number of sessions to 50, added a “Community Track” where local speakers can present their own original sessions, and will once again open our venues for evening “DemoCamp” -style events. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever -- keep an eye on MSDN Flash and Canadian Developer Connection for registration details coming later in May 2010!

And between Energize and TechDays, we’re working on all sorts of projects, including teaming up with DevTeach for the SharePoint Application Development tour . This complimentary event is scheduled in six cities, available in both morning or afternoon sessions. Register for the time that best suits you. In addition, we're also including a drive to get developers up to speed with Windows Phone 7 development . We’re excited by the potential of our up-and-coming mobile platform, and we’re working hard to make sure you have what you need to become expert mobile developers. Follow the “Windows Phone” articles in Canadian Developer Connection to get the latest news, documentation, tutorials and example code.

It’s going to be a busy month — make sure you get in on the action!

Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Launch Event
Windows Phone 7 Developer Training Kit
Getting Started with Development on SharePoint 2010
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NEWS IN A FLASH

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Application Development Tour in six cities

SharePoint 2010 allows you to build web sites, manage lists of data, collaborate on documents, and so much more — all done through a simple, easy to use, web interface. When you need to go beyond the native capabilities of the product, SharePoint 2010 provides the APIs and Visual Studio 2010 provides the tools that allow you to quickly and easily add customizations. Whether you’re new to SharePoint development or a seasoned veteran, this session is for you. Register now for this free event in one of the six cities near you.
Announcing Microsoft WebsiteSpark Contest: Do you make awesome websites or applications?

Kick Start your web development with Microsoft’s new program, WebsiteSpark to receive web development software, support & visibility at no upfront cost before April 30th and you will be eligible to win your very own customized bar table & stool set branded with your company logo ($1000 USD value) or 1 in 10 $25 JUMP Rewards Gift Cards. No purchase necessary. Contest open to residents of Canada. Contest closes April 30th 2010. Register for WebsiteSpark today! For more details email cdnsol@microsoft.com .
Coding Competition

The ultimate coder battle has returned.  Canada’s best and brightest developers will be going toe to toe this spring, showcasing their exciting new web applications at the FTW! Coding Competition.  This year there are over $15 000 worth of Dell prizes to be won, and competition is going to be fierce.
Toronto Code Camp 2010

Is it the fifth one already? The organizers are aiming high this year, boosting the number of sessions by 60% to a whopping 40 presentations. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 1st at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.
Random Treats
Charles Petzold’s “Programming Windows Phone 7 Series” book preview

Functional Programming in Object-Oriented Languages

Keyvan Nayyeri’s slides on IoC Containers and Dependency Injection

Brad Wilson’s video: “Advanced ASP.NET MVC 2”

The story behind the animals on the covers of O’Reilly’s books

See more...
Windows-Based Development
Code Spelling-Checker Extension for Visual Studio 2010 . This is a neat idea: this VS2010 extension spell-checks the right parts of your code: comments, string literals and names, and underlines them with red squiggly lines a la Word. It’s a useful utility and a great way to learn how to build extensions!
DirectX11 in Windows 7 . This MSDev video, part of the Windows 7 in 7 Minutes! Series , covers animation in Windows 7 using the DirectX 11 API. Watch the whole series for short, code-focused videos showing you how to take advantage of great new features in Windows 7. 
Building Document Generation Systems from Templates with Word 2010 and Word 2007 . Document generation systems are one of the most compelling uses of Open XML WordprocessingML. This article contains guidance for this scenario and links to MSDN articles and blog posts. 
Web Development
Building a Next-Generation Web Application with ASP.NET MVC 2 and jQuery . The upcoming version of ASP.NET MVC and jQuery are the perfect combo for building Ajax web applications. Watch this MIX10 presentation in which Nate Kohari talks about how he used the two to build Agile Zen, a lean project management application and why ASP.NET MVC is a great business and technical choice.
Channel 9’s Silverlight 4 Training Course . This eight-unit course walks you through the process of building a business application, using extensive hands-on labs and 25 videos. It covers a lot of ground: sandboxed and elevated out-of-browser features, the new RichTextBox control, implicit styling, webcam, drag and drop, multi touch, validation, authentication, MEF, WCF RIA Services, right mouse click, and much more!
HTML5: Cross-Browser Best Practices . This MIX10 video covers both HTML5, CSS and JavaScript — the emerging standards for building full-featured web pages that work in all modern browsers — and the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 . Presenter Tony Ross will show you best practices that you can use today to target a broad range of browsers. 
Mobile Development
A new series of 7-minute code-focused video “learning snacks” covering developing for Windows Phone 7. The first two videos — “Introducing Windows Phone 7” and “Getting Started with Windows Phone 7” — come out this week, with more videos on the way.
Foursquare for Windows Phone . MG Siegler from TechCrunch said that this Windows Phone 7 Foursquare client beats the iPhone version, and it’s still an alpha! The code’s been posted to Codeplex, where you can get your hands on it, see how it works, make changes and make it your own.
“Snow Shovel” Mini-Game . This simple game on XNA Creators Club shows a Windows Phone 7 game written using XNA and covers 2D sprite graphics, accelerometer input, keeping score and using a game timer.
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