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What’s a developer? Vol 14-3 | February, 2010
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That’s a question that we developer evangelists have been asking ourselves lately. It may seem like a strange question to ask, but it turns out that the answer isn’t so obvious. Actually coming up with the answer turns out to be a useful exercise because it makes sure we’re reaching out to everyone who needs us. We believe that if you spend some time turning ideas into working software, you’re a developer. So yes, if you have the term “programmer” or “developer” in your job title, we consider you a developer. But not just you:

-Do you build SharePoint applications by using lists, other people’s web parts and SharePoint Designer? You’re a developer.

-Do you build sites with HTML, CSS and JavaScript? You’re a developer.

-Are you a student or hobbyist learning how to program or taking up a new programming language? You’re a developer.

If you’re a developer, we developer evangelists are here for you. Our job includes telling you about the latest and greatest tools, technologies and offers from Microsoft, but it goes well beyond that. We’re also here to help you sharpen your skills, expand your knowledge and grow your career. That’s what MSDN newsletter , our blogs , conferences , meetups and everything else we do are really all about — we’re here for you.

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Events & Webcasts for Canadian Developers

Register now for the Future of Productivity Virtual Summit-March 2nd

Featuring Dr. Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist MIT Sloan School of Management, this completely virtual environment features compelling general productivity sessions, a virtual networking lounge and much more
Register for the Align IT 2011 tour

Looking for holistic development approaches to help meet business goals more efficiently? Register for Align IT 2011, a FREE tour and simulcast for Canadian IT Managers. With sessions devoted to Development Management, you’ll learn how you can deliver collaborative development with limited resources. Register now .
East of Toronto-March 15-Complete .NET Tracing: Finding Code Problems After Deployment

Tracing, as it stands today, has been around since .NET 2.0. It is very simple, very easy-to-use, and is one of the most valuable white-box debugging tools you can use out in the field. Yet it is often overlooked, misunderstood, or ignored. In this talk, we will look at the entire .NET Tracing library. You can leave this talk and immediately start incorporating tracing into your commercial, internal, or open source applications.
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