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Microsoft Philippines recently held its annual Developer Days Conference dubbed Pinoy Devstock 2003 at the Grand Ballroom of The Westin Philippine Plaza, with more than 700 developers in attendance.

Microsoft's Developer Days is an event specifically designed for software developers, programmers, software and infrastructure architects, and IT decision makers. Speakers for this year's conference included Redmond-based Filipino software design engineer Ronald Lintag, Microsoft Academic Evangelist for the Asia Pacific and Greater China region Howard Lo and Microsoft Developer Evangelist for Asia Pacific Edmund Quek.

Lintag has been in Microsoft Corporation for the past two years and currently handles the process execution engine of the Microsoft Business Framework. Lo, on the other hand, was a Software Test Lead for the Office product group in Redmond before he joined the Asia regional team. Quek has extensive experience in J2EE applications architecture and development space from his tenure at IBM in the United Kingdom and also worked as C/C++ programmer, writing games for consoles such as PlayStation and the PC platform.

Other speakers included local experts Sean Hernandez, a software design engineer for Microsoft Business Solutions; Rodney Jao, general manager of software developer group Lane Systems; and Warren Yu, Union Bank business integration manager.
The conference showcased how to effectively use Visual Studio .NET 2003 for building and using Web Services, and how to maximize its fully integrated and complete Web development and its stable programming languages. Attendees were also given insights on how to construct applications for a variety of mobile devices, including Pocket PCs and mobile phones. As a bonus, the first 100 who registered and paid for the event were given the chance to take Microsoft certification exams for free.

Cocktails followed the regular session. Cocktail activities network gaming, casino plus a live band. Attendees also get the chance to win an Xbox and a Microsoft-powered smartphone.

Visual Studio .NET 2003 is the comprehensive, multi-language development tool for rapidly building and integrating XML Web services and applications. It offers a highly productive environment in which to develop a broad range of Microsoft .NET-connected applications and technologies. Visual Studio .NET 2003 provides powerful tools for designing, building, testing, and deploying Web services and applications, as well as sharing best practices and guidelines in a team environment.

"Creating and deploying applications on the Web is the wave of the future. Visual Studio .NET 2003 includes a range of enhancements for the hobbyist, professional, mobile, and enterprise developer. We are excited to show people all of its capabilities and what it can do for them," said Andre Ngo, Microsoft Product Manager for Visual Studio .NET.
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