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    Want a free Win7 Touch Screen computer?

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    I just saw this & thought I’d share the link.  Enter to win a fully loaded HP TouchSmart tx2 tablet by coming up with a great Windows 7 Application and writing an article about it on codeproject.  Learn more at http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid...
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    Windows 7 for Developers Series: Build Innovative Applications Using Familiar Tools

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    Here is some information about the webcast series I’m working on for Windows 7 for Developers. We’re taking the examples we’ve used for the launch events over the last couple months and expanding it to include additional features. You can download the...
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    Win7 for Developers – Troubleshooting & Windows Error Reporting

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    Today we covered a lot of ground where the rubber hits the street in application failure & recovery. Kevin Hill joined me to talk about what happens to that data after it leaves your machine and showed us how to use it to help solve the issues that...
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    MSDN Flash: Volume 13, Number24 - November 23, 2009

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    Editorial News and Notes from Mike Benkovich There's a lot to talk about that's new in the technology world these days. From the recent launch of Windows 7 and the Windows Server products to trying out the new betas of Visual Studio and Office, to the...
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    Download the Beta of SharePoint 2010 Today!

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    Some exciting news was announced this morning at the Professional Developer's Conference in Los Angeles: You can get started exploring SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 by downloading the beta trials from www.microsoft.com/2010 .  SharePoint 2010—together...
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    Patterns anyone? Check out Rob’s new series!

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    Rob Bagby has started a new series (blog posts and screencasts) on Patterns-Based Development with Silverlight .  The series illustrates various design patterns while building a sample application (see screenshot below).  The patterns covered...
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    Kansas City Code is posted

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    I’ve posted the code from today’s launch onto http://www.benkotips.com/code – Includes the demo application we built from scratch showing how to work with jumplists, ribbon, Sensors and Multi-touch.
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    Posting code…a bit behind

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    Thought I’d let you know that I’ve posted code from the MVC webcast with Jessy Houle as well as code from the Heartland Developer Conference in October. More code postings to come…
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    VB Source Code for Launch Demo available for download

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    I just added the sample we wrote at the event coded in VB to the download on http://www.benkotips.com/code , click on the “Windows 7 For Developers Launch” link and you’ll find the solution has a VB version of the project added to it. I’ve also got a...
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    Windows 7 For Developers – Launch Links

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    As I promised in the session in Minneapolis, all the links from the slide decks are available here. These include: http://www.benkotips.com/ http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/xp2win7 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/aa904987.aspx http://technet.microsoft...
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    "Who I Am and What I Do Around Here?"

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    Ok…if you’ve been following my blog over the years you may have some idea of who I am and my current role/job at Microsoft. This post is to help shed some light on the topic and also is cross posted to another blog I’m just starting up that is focused...
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    Community Jam - 2009

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    Announcing Community Jam ! Are you passionate about community? Always wanted to start a User Group, schedule a developer event or just curious about what is a TechMasters chapter? You're invited to the first annual Community Jam being held at the Upstream...
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    Visual Studio 2008 – Customizing your IDE Webcast

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    In today’s webcast we looked at how to customize Visual Studio to meet your working style. To make it easier to find things I compiled a list of links and locations we talked about. Install Locations: Install dir = C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual...
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    This week’s webcast…Customizing the Visual Studio IDE

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    Over the years that I’ve been delivering MSDN Events there are little things you discover that make it easier to write code and demonstrate features with Visual Studio. In the webcast for this week’s BenkoTIPS Live & On Demand series we’ll be taking...
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    BenkoTIPS - Sudoku

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      Difficulty - Hard       P S K O I                   B     O   T N   P       E       N   K       T   E  ...
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    Using SQL Management Studio 2008 with SQL Data Services (SQL in the Cloud)

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    I’ve been playing around with the new SQL Data Services this week and came across a common issue with how do you work with the databases you’ve created. For those of you who, like me, are not fond of SQLCMD (a command line query tool) you can use SQL...
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    What do you have in your toolbox?

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    I worked thru college doing some light construction at an outdoor sporting goods store called Midwest Mountaineering (and Thrifty Outfitters – used but great stuff). One of the things I learned while working there was how to leverage what’s possible with...
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    Bound for Greatness – Binding in XAML

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    Today’s webcast we covered the fundamentals of how to leverage the binding capabilities of XAML…here are some links that might be of interest: BenkoTIPS Webcast: Win7 For Developers Part 1 BenkoTIPS Webcast: Win7 For Developers Part 2 MSDN: WPF Data Binding...
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    Win7 For Developers Part 2 – Webcast Resources

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    BenkoTIPS Live & On Demand: An intro to Win7 for Developers Part 1 http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032417601&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US WPF Futures Download www.codeplex.com/wpf Windows...
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    SharePoint and Silverlight Links

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    Silverlight + SharePoint Developer http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010/Sneak_Peek/Pages/Developer-Video.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/click/SharePointDeveloper/ http://linqtosharepoint.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=8713 http://sl4sp...
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    Intro to Win7 for Developers Webcast

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    This week we’ll be bringing another installment of BenkoTips Live & On Demand with a webcast that will introduce Windows 7 for Developers. You can register at: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032417600&Culture=en-US
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    MSDN Unleashed Code is Posted!

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      I’ve uploaded the code from this quarter’s MSDN events to http://www.benkotips.com/code . If you’re interested here’s the links from this quarter’s session on IE8 … MSDN: Subscribing to content with Web Slices Official IE team blog blogs.msdn.com...
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    SharePoint for Developers Tour Part II

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    I’m back in the field for another installment of the SharePoint for Developers Roadshow. Last time we talked about configuring a development workstation, workflow, customizing the master pages and the collaborative features of Windows SharePoint Server...
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    May Webcast Schedule

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    BenkoTIPS Live & On Demand continues to roll with more webcasts scheduled in May. The current sessions include: 5/6/2009 9:00 AM  Visual Studio Debugging Demystified 5/13/2009 9:00 AM  Building Windows Mobile Applications 5/20/2009 9:00...
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    Working with ADO.NET Data Services

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    Some links of interest: MSDN Data Tools Site and Resources http://msdn.microsoft.com/data ADO.NET v1.5 CTP1 Download Mike Flasko’s blog Pablo Castro’s blog Curl http://curl.haxx.se/download.html Article on using with AJAX by Granville Barnett http://dotnetslackers...
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