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John Bristowe


Hello fellow developers,

Technology is evolving at a tremendous pace and as a result, it's important to maintain a solid skill set in order to be on top in today's competitive marketplace. Certifications can provide you with the ability to show employers that you are a strong, qualified professional developer and you have a proven proficiency with Microsoft-based technologies. Another means is through your local community; contact your local user groups! Many of them are running free certification study groups to collaboratively prepare for the exams. Finally, our team has created the Ignite Your Career Webcast Series to help you understand what are some of the skill sets employers are looking for.

For students, Microsoft has just announced a new program called Microsoft DreamSpark which provides professional development and design tools to students around the world at no charge. Microsoft is committed to help support and advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities. Initially, only students with a valid ISIC (International Student ID Card) will be able to access the products through DreamSpark. The good news is that these cards can be obtained at 132 ISIC offices across Canada (find a location near you at To see Microsoft DreamSpark in action visit and click on Microsoft DreamSpark!

Finally, there are a number of local community and professional events happening in the next few months including the Toronto Code Camp and DevTeach Toronto. Be sure to check them out as you can meet experts, get your questions answered and learn from your peers about the technologies that matter to you.

Happy coding!

Local News


The countdown is on to the largest launch to IT Pro's and Developers in the history of Microsoft - Heroes Happen {Here}. Registration is on fire and as of February 15th our count was 16,468. Winnipeg and Ottawa are still accepting registrations and we need your help to fill these cities up. Send this link ( Heroes Happen Here) off to your customers and partners and get them registered today! For more information contact the launch team.


Register now for our upcoming webcast!

February 26, 2008 @ 1pm EST - New Testing Features in VSTS 2008

This session will explore the new testing capabilities being introduced in Visual Studio Team System in 2008. Visual Studio Team System 2008 introduces new capabilities to help drive higher application quality, including AJAX application testing and correlation, more quality metrics, and more core functionality.

March 4, 2008 @ 1pm EST- TSF 2008 Overview

This session will explore Team Foundation Server 2008, its capabilities and how it supports collaborative development and rich application lifecycle management. The focus on this session will be specific Team Foundation Server components, and we will highlight new functionality where appropriate.

ObjectSharp Visual Studio Team System 2008 WebinarLearn how Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2008 helps you measure and manage your Software Development Lifecycle Management Process with advanced tools for IT and IS professionals.
Join us on February 22nd and February 28th for a complimentary webinar hosted by ObjectSharp and Microsoft Canada.


Space is filling up fast for this years MIX08 Conference March 5 - 7 in Las Vegas. Come explore the future of the web at the third annual MIX08k, where developers and designers MIX with business decision makers to create opportunities.
Register now .


May 6 - 8
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Come join in for three days of unique enterprise-scale technical presentations featuring keynote speakers Don Ferguson, Scott Hanselman, and Jim Newkirk.

Microsoft Canada ISV Webcast: Building for Success with Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server

Microsoft Canada is pleased to invite you to a productive one hour webcast on Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server being held on Thursday February 21, 2008 at 2:00 PM EST. This webcast is designed to demonstrate how ISVs can adopt the SharePoint-based platform in order to help expand their market opportunity, eliminate the need to develop core infrastructure, and be an extensible foundation for multiple, unique solutions.
Register today!

Microsoft BI Newsletter

Microsoft Business Intelligence now has its very own newsletter! The Microsoft BI newsletter arrives this month and is designed to keep you informed and up to date on the latest news, resources, customer success stories and events related to Microsoft Business Intelligence. Subscribe now!

Evaluation Center


Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite combines the functionality from all four Visual Studio Team System 2008 role-based editions (Test Edition, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, and Database Edition) to offer a fully comprehensive development environment for multi-disciplined team members. Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server trial and Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition trial are also available for download.


The "DataDude" team is happy to announce the availability of the Power Tools for Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition.

The Power Tools for 2008 contains all the functionality Microsoft shipped in 2005 plus:

. Command line SQL Static Code Analysis execution through MSBuild, this was the biggest customer request, which is why I was holding the release. This enables SQL Static Code Analysis to be part of Team Build!
. Data Generation Wizard; this is another customer request where Microsoft allows them to create a new data generation plan by pointing at an existing database, the plan will be fully configured by the wizard to pull all data from the database. . File based data generator; this allows you to insert the content of files in to the database (works for string and binary, not for XML yet)
. XML based data generator; this allows you to generate XML based on an XSD (the XSD has to be provided as file right now, and cannot be selected from database or inherited from the data type)
. Refactoring Command Generator has been made available as a MSBuild task for better project build integration so it can be made part of the pre-build and pre-deployment stages in the project. This allows users to automated the results of refactoring to some degree in to the project.
Installer download

Security for Developers


In the interests of helping secure the platform, we want more people to opt-in to using Data Execution Prevention (aka DEP aka NX), and we have lowered the barrier to entry for application developers in Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server 2008.




This one-day instructor-led clinic introduces students to new development features available in Visual Studio 2008 that can be used to create and consume application services, build ASP.NET Web sites, create engaging desktop applications, design workflows, expose services, and enhance Microsoft Office applications.


This series of hands-on labs focuses on new features in SQL Server 2008 and components in the relational database, business intelligence, and development environment. It is intended for SQL Server administrators and developers of SQL Server who have experience working with previous editions of SQL Server.


Get ready for Visual Studio 2008 with this free online clinic. You will learn how to build new ASP.NET AJAX applications and how to upgrade existing ASP.NET applications to take advantage of ASP.NET AJAX.

KB Articles on Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005


KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access


Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos


The New Zealand Department of Corrections depends on Visual Studio and Windows Workflow Foundation to abstract business rules so that department developers can modify its Integrated Offender Management System in days instead of weeks.


Fiserv's customer interaction management application, Aperio, can support more than 10,000 concurrent users, generating more than 18 complex banking transactions per second. Aperio was created using the Microsoft Application Platform, including Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition (64-bit).

Technology Partner News


Koders enables blazingly fast code search for Team Foundation System, including Web access. Download Koders Pro and empower your team today.


Get a free trial of Resco MobileForms Toolkit and start building professional mobile applications in Visual Studio.


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Volume 12, Number 4

Feb 20, 2008

In This Issue:


Local News

Evaluation Center

Security for Developers


KB Articles on Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005

KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

Technology Partner News


Canadian Links


Webcasts & Online Events

Interactive Developer Webcast Calendar
Choose your time zone and filter webcasts by series, product or topic, and presenter.

Canadian User Groups

User groups are a critical part of the developer and .NET community. Check out the listing of user groups below, and if you don't find one - start one! For more information on starting a .NET user group in your area, visit and email

nbdotnetdev (Moncton, New Brunswick)
St. John's .NET User Group
Halifax .NET User Group
Fredericton .NET User Group

Montreal Visual Studio .NET User Group
Quebec City .NET User Group
Montreal BizTalk User Group

Canada Technology Triangle User Group (Kitchener)
Toronto .NET User Group
Metro Toronto .NET User Group
Toronto Visual Basic User Group (TVBUG)
East of Toronto .NET User Group
The Toronto Chapter of the BizTalk UG (BTUG)
Ottawa .NET User Group

Winnipeg .NET User Group

Regina .NET User Group
Saskatoon .NET User Group

Alberta .NET User Group (Calgary)
Edmonton .NET Wizards User Group
Lethbridge .NET User Group
DotNetCalgary User Group
Edmonton .NET User Group

British Columbia
netBC User Group (Vancouver)
VANTUG (Vancouver)
Thompson Okanagan .NET Users Group
Victoria .NET Developers Association

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