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Christian Beauclair 

Hello fellow developers.

First off, Happy New Year and May all your code work. The year is starting with a bang. First you probably received the special Flash about the "Heroes Happen Here" launch. I'm really pumped up for this event as our team and the IT Pros have built some really cool content that you'll be able to put to good use right away. Make sure you visit the site at to register because it's filling up quickly.

Before the launch we'll have a great virtual conference in the "Security on the Brain" series. We have lined up two great speakers for you and have also organized a panel discussion to answer your questions so start thinking about what bugs you in security. You can sign up at

Finally, I'd be remiss in not mentioning that Mix08 is fast approaching. If you are a web developer and have the budget to travel make sure you register. I've heard only good things about this conference and its atmosphere. Registration is at



Local News


ODC 2008 is the premier event for Microsoft Office developers, bringing together architects, developers, industry technical experts, Microsoft insiders, and key technology partners in a public forum to redefine what it means to be focused on the development of 2007 Microsoft® Office system:

- An incredible set of keynotes by senior Microsoft executives.
- 5 technical tracks, and ~90 breakout sessions and hands-on labs.
- Executive Track where analysts, Microsoft and industry executives will get together to learn the how and why of Office applications and the potential competitive advantage offered by them.

This event is destined to be the hottest event of the winter. But we need your help to get the word out and get our community of developers of Office To Feed their geek in San Jose!
Check out our ODC 2008 Blog for what's happening on a daily basis.

When: February 10-13, 2008
Where: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California
Registration Site


Register now for our upcoming webcast!

January 29, 2008 @ 1pm EST - Drilldown: Driving Data Quality in VSTS

This session focuses on some of the ways that VSTS can help the database developer validate the quality of database code and consuming application code, using some of the core tools in VSTS.

February 5, 2008 @ 1pm EST- Introducing VSTS 2008

This session focuses on an overview of the new version of Visual Studio Team System 2008, and will highlight new functionality accross the different products.


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 and save US$200 off the regular price of US$1295.


Join us at the SECURITY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE where we'll discuss the dangers of insufficient software development security skills and take a look at concrete actions you can take to help improve your skills. You'll see a positive effect on your value as a developer and benefit from a whole new level of insight when discussing security with stakeholders in any application development lifecycle. For complete session details, visit to learn more.

Calling all website designers and developers!
Microsoft Canada is holding a three part Innovation Briefing webcast series on Office SharePoint® Server 2007, Visual Studio® 2008 and SQL ServerT 2008 - three very important technologies to help develop great web-based and web-assisted solutions.

This webcast series will provide you with a good understanding of all three technologies from a developer's perspective. Learn how you can leverage the built-in functionality from these three products in order to help build great websites in shorter time frames and with minimal configuration. Click on the titles below for more details and to register.

Part 1: Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Web Developers - January 29, 2008
Part 2: SQL Server 2008 for Web Developers - February 6, 2008
Part 3: Visual Studio 2008 for Web Developers - February 20, 2008

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Evaluation Center


The next generation of the Windows Server operating system gives you more control, greater flexibility and increased protection for your server infrastructure while helping to reduce time and costs. When you download the beta software, you're automatically registered to access valuable beta resources assembled in one convenient Beta Central location.


Access resources to help you make the most of your Windows Server 2008 RC1 evaluation - all in one convenient place. You'll find links to Web forums, blogs, webcasts, product demos, and more.


This article describes common IIS7 module management tasks, and details each module including its configuration settings and the potential effect module removal has on the Web server.


Gain an overview of the security improvements of IIS7 with respect to authentication, authorization, SSL, Web Service Extension Restriction List, and IP restrictions.


Learn how configuration sections in the IIS configuration files (applicationHost.config and web.config) can be accessed programmatically using the Microsoft.Web.Administration APIs.

Security for Developers


Will DePalo demonstrates how to add security to .NET-based applications by encrypting sensitive or confidential data by using the ProtectedData class of the System.Security.Cryptography namespace.


Scott Golightly walks through the process of setting up a sample Security Token Service (STS) and shows how to create a managed card based on a personal card in CardSpace. He also shows how to create a managed card based on a user name and password.



Get training of SharePoint 2007, Team System, Windows Communication Foundation and BizTalk from ObjectSharp's Experts

For course info, delivery options and dates, contact ObjectSharp at 416-216-4603 ext. 1, email us at or check out our website


This free e-book offer includes content from three recent Microsoft Press publications on technologies related to Visual Studio 2008. The offer includes the entire contents of Introducing Microsoft LINQ, as well as sample chapters on related technologies from Introducing Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX for Web Developers and Introducing Silverlight 1.0.


Find out about the new MCP benefits, including increased access to an internal knowledge base for technical troubleshooting and worldwide community networking.

Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos


Using Visual Studio and the .NET Compact Framework to build applications and Web services, i-mate completed development in four months.


Using SQL Server 2005 as the relational data store, Exelon modeled its 1.7-million customer power distribution network from a 7TB database to predict equipment failures that could cause power outages.

KB Articles on Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005


KB Articles on .NET Framework


KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access


To enhance scalability and performance, the company has upgraded to SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. The upgraded system processes more than 3,000 updates per second and supports 200 to 300 concurrent users.

Partner News


Blendables Essentials Mix is targeted at designers and developers looking to deliver great software experiences using Windows Presentation Foundation.


Now with WCF, search, caching, and paging, download a free trial of version 1.4 of OxyGen Code Generator, or purchase at 40% discount.


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Volume 12, Number 2

Jan 23, 2008

In This Issue:

Local News
Evaluation Center
Security for Developers
Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos
KB Articles on Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005
KB Articles on .NET Framework
KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access
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
Montreal Microsoft .NET Architecture User Group
Montreal FoxPro 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
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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