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Your Success is Our Priority Vol 14-6 | March, 2010
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My name is John Bristowe . For those of you who do not know me, I am a member of the Technical Audience team at Microsoft Canada . Our team is comprised of men and women who are passionate about supporting Canadian developers like you. It is our job to ensure that you are empowered to be successful at your role by helping you make connections and grow your skills. There is a good chance we have crossed paths either online through the Canadian Developer Connection or through events like AlignIT , Ignite Your Coding , and TechDays . Simply put, our team is proud to support the Canadian developer community.

At Microsoft, we take security very seriously. As part of our commitment to supporting your skills, we have a great deal of information showing you how to help build applications in a secure manner. For developers striving to support improved security while developing applications, I would strongly encourage you to check out the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) site and the templates and tools that are available . This should be considered an essential resource for developers wanting to learn how to automate SDL practices. Of course, Microsoft’s commitment to security does not stop there. Take, for example, the innovative features Microsoft has added to Internet Explorer 9 to help keep your browsing experience reliable, safe and private; features such as Tracking Protection , the SmartScreen Filter , and ActiveX Filtering . Along with its support for modern web standards like HTML5, CSS3 and SVG, super-fast JavaScript performance , a rich developer experience , full hardware acceleration — Internet Explorer 9 has a tremendous amount to offer for web developers.

When it comes to staying connected to the community, it is important to have the right resources. That is where the Canadian Developer Connection comes in. Our blog is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information for Canadian developers.  If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an e-mail or follow me on Twitter ( @jbristowe ). Our measurement of success is your satisfaction and I am here to help to earn that trust.

John

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Microsoft Expression Web Service Pack 1

Expression Web 4 Service Pack 1 (SP1) applies significant fixes and improvements to publishing, SuperPreview, file management, extensibility, and other areas of the programs.
The Great Canadian Apportunity: Round 1 Winners Announced!

Canadian developers have been building apps for the competition and we have seen some great submissions. The judges had tough calls to make when it came to selecting round 1 winners. After some discussion the 3 winners were selected: Best Design: Own This World by BNID ; Best Use of API: Ztitch by MrAndrewAu ; Best in Show: Broiled Earth by Ants . If you didn’t win this time around, don’t worry. We’ve got a few more apportunities for you to Win! The next submission deadline is March 31st at 12 noon EST so get creative and start building your apps! Register here .
4th annual Microsoft Blue Sky ISV Innovation Excellence Award

The 4th annual Microsoft Blue Sky ISV Innovation Excellence Award recognizes innovative applications that break conventional processes. The benefits of this award are truly remarkable — including nationwide recognition and a customized engagement plan with Microsoft to support continuing software development, enhance your go-to-market strategy and connect you with one or more venture capitalists.

Events & Webcasts for Canadian Developers

AzureFest is Back!

AzureFest is a hands-on event. This means that you’ll be following along in your own development environment and actually deploying your solution during the event. Register for a city near you and stay tuned as more cities are confirmed.
ISV’s — Get Trained on Windows Azure

Sign up now for Business Value and Technical Training on the Windows Azure Platform coming to a city near you! Windows Azure Platform Training Workshop -Toronto. Business Value of Windows Azure Platform - the Systems Integrators Opportunity -Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga. Business Value of Windows Azure Platform - the ISV Opportunity -Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto. Windows Azure Platform Acceleration Technical Training Tour -Toronto, Calgary.
Mix 11-Apr. 12-14-Las Vegas

MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web. Sessions range from technical, code-based topics to expert advice on content strategy, usability and design. Explore the future of the standards-based web — join the conversation at MIX11.
WP7 and IE9 Developer BootCamps coming to a city near you — tell other developers about it

Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7 are two Microsoft technologies that have taken a lot of people by surprise. People expected them to be mere incremental releases rather than what they were: complete re-thinks of their predecessors. To register and for more information on sessions go here .
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