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Volume 16, Number 10 | April 30, 2012

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Exploring HTML5 Canvas: Part 5 - Basic Animation
In the latest installment of his blog series on HTML5 Canvas, Microsoft Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie shows you how to get moving with basic animation techniques using JavaScript and an animation loop.

WebSockets: Stable and Ready for Your Site
WebSockets are stable and ready for developers to start creating innovative applications and services, delivering real-time notifications and updates in the browser.

Testing Metro Style Applications with Visual Studio 11
May 14, 2012, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
This session provides an overview of the new features of Microsoft Test Manager and Visual Studio 11 that support testing Metro style applications for Windows 8.
Brian Blackman

Visual Studio ALM Rangers

ALM Ranger of the Month - Brian Blackman

Ruck is the rugby term used to define a "loose scrum" and we feel it fits our Ranger process. Our process is one in which we strive for agility while learning how to overcome the constraints of a Ranger team. In this role I have been assisting and mentoring the Rangers in managing their teams and getting project lead role clarity for several Visual Studio 11 Readiness projects. Read more...

Who are the ALM Rangers? | ALM Ranger Solutions

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Scott Guthrie Discusses Windows Azure (7 min video)
Scott Guthrie discusses some of the many ways that Azure supports hybrid and cloud-only needs, re-using the skills and tools developers and IT pros know today to do even more. Don't miss this candid conversation about the versatility of the Windows Azure platform.

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Learn the ins and outs of how and why Microsoft designs, develops, delivers, and defends exam questions. Whether you're gearing up for your first exam or your next, A.C.E. it with the new Ask a Certification Expert video series, brought to you by Microsoft's certification team.

Bytes by MSDN: Nick Landry and Jerry Nixon on Mobile Apps
Nick talks about an enhanced suite of developer products for building apps on Windows Phone. Nick shares his insight on the future of mobile apps and what an exciting time it is for indie game developers using the app stores.

MSDN Virtual Lab: Visio - Publishing Data-Connected Diagrams to Visio Services
After completing this lab, you will be better able to connect a Visio diagram to an external data source, link data records to shapes, visualize shape data using Data Graphics, and publish your data-connected diagrams to Visio Services.

Fast Track to the Cloud with Two-for-One Exams
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Plan for Visual Studio 11 by Leveraging Your SA Benefits
May 2, 2012, 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Are you looking to deploy Visual Studio 11? Learn how to activate and strategically use your benefits to enhance your software deployment planning.

Scrum and Agile Management Using Visual Studio 2011
May 8, 2012, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Scrum and agile management methodologies focus on iterative planning, development, and release. This session will demonstrate how agile planning, management, and tracking are streamlined with Visual Studio 2011.

Agile Development with Visual Studio 11
May 10, 2012, 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Getting the tool out of the way and letting you stay in the zone is a big part of Visual Studio 11. During this webcast, explore the new developer experience and workflows for work items, version control, unit testing, and code reviews.

Managing Agile/Scrum Iterations and Sprints
May 14, 2012, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
This session will describe standard agile management processes and how they work. Then we'll describe how the new features in Visual Studio 2011 make it easier for all team members to more effectively participate in agile management.



Bytes by MSDN: Jim Griesmer and Jerry Nixon on Windows PIX as a Graphic Diagnosis Tool
Jim, Development Lead on the C++ and Graphics IDE team, talks about how Visual Studio is bringing tools to the masses that triple-A game studios have been using for years. Download Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8.

Give a laptop. Shape the future.
InterConnection is a non-profit that refurbishes and ships computers to underserved schools and communities around the world. Donate your old laptop, help protect the planet, and give someone the technology they need to create the future they want.

MSDN Virtual Lab: Visio - Building Data Graphics
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a custom Icon Set Data Graphic, configure a custom Icon Set for use with a template, and configure a custom Icon Set as a Data Graphic item for a data-connected shape.

MSDN Virtual Lab: Visio - Building Mash Ups with Visio Services
After completing this lab, you will be better able to experiment with the ECMAScript object model and examine the role it plays with Visio Services, add Shape Overlays and Highlights to a Visio Web Access Web Part using the ECMAScript object model, and more.

Collecting Feedback from Stakeholders with Visual Studio 2011
May 1, 2012, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
One important aspect of defining and refining applications comes as feedback from the user base. This session will demonstrate how users can seamlessly provide feedback that is captured, tracked, and communicated through Visual Studio 2011.

Deployment Automation Challenges with Visual Studio 11
May 3, 2012, 12:00 Noon Pacific Time
Learn how you can use Visual Studio 11 Beta together with InRelease 2010 for vNext to implement a fully automated release process for your .NET-based applications.

A Development Team's Day in the Life: The New Visual Studio 11
May 9, 2012, 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Take your development to the next level with a day in the life of a development team, interpreting requirements, creating test cases, practicing test-driven development and acceptance test-driven development. All these things are within your grasp with Visual Studio 11.

Testing Metro Style Applications with Visual Studio 11
May 14, 2012, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
This session provides an overview of the new features of Microsoft Test Manager and Visual Studio 11 that support testing Metro style applications for Windows 8.

Make a game out of learning the cloud.
VS Achievements has "gamified" coding on Visual Studio. Fire up your MSDN cloud benefits and try out the 15 new achievements. Have fun, learn something new.



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Public Sector TOP-APPS Marathon
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