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  • Blog Post: Beta Certification Exams for Silverlight and Windows Azure

    The Microsoft Certifications blog has announced availability of two beta exams: Silverlight Beta Exam (71-506) – Available now through 11/5 Windows Azure Beta Exam (71-583) – Available 10/28 – 11/17 Space permitting, you can take these beta exams for no charge.  Beta exams are longer, but count...
  • Blog Post: Kodu Game Lab for PC Technical Preview Now Available

    Kodu Game Lab is a game development environment designed to make it fun and easy for kids to create games while learning programming concepts (but you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it.) It’s been available on XBox LIVE for some time now (needing only a game controller to use), and now Kodu for PC Technical...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2009 US Finals in Boston!

    Students from all over the United States are gathering to compete in the US finals of this year’s Imagine Cup , hoping for a chance to join the best of the best from around the globe in the world finals in Cairo, Egypt. The Imagine Cup is a yearly technology-based problem solving competition bringing...
  • Blog Post: C# Day in Waltham Tomorrow! (November 13)

    A reminder that Michael de la Maza is running his well-received C# Day event at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA tomorrow from 8:30-4:00. There's still room available if you're interested (but RSVPs are required,) so head to http://learn2learn2program.com for more information and to sign up! It's...
  • Blog Post: MIX University Expands with a Free WPF Bootcamp Course

    Tim Sneath posted about a great new addition to the already strong lineup of training available at MIX University . Now you can access a full three-day WPF training course (over 20 hours) for the low cost of free. From Tim : "You'll hear a keynote from Ian Ellison-Taylor , the general manager responsible...
  • Blog Post: C# Day Event in Waltham on November 13th

    Michael de la Maza has run three very successful (and free!) C# Day events in Waltham since the summer. I'm glad to say he's ready to run another one on November 13th from 8:30 - 4:00 at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA. C# Day is a great way to take those first few steps with C# programming - no...
  • Blog Post: C# Day Returns on September 13th

    Michael de la Maza is returning to Waltham, MA to run a 3rd "C# Day" event. Previous C# Days have been great opportunities for attendees to become familiar with the C# language using an approach quite different from standard lecture-focused events. Here's a description from the C# Day home page : "Join...
  • Blog Post: C# Day - August 3rd in Waltham

    After the successful first run in C# Day community learning event in June, Michael de la Maza is offering his time to run it again in August. Michael has made a number of changes to the day's format and timing, so to be prepared for what to expect, please read his description below and watch the video...
  • Blog Post: Online Introductory C# Workshop

    Jeromy Walsh at GameDev.net is hosting a free 9+ week online C# Language Workshop : This workshop is designed to aid people in their journey to learn beginning C#. This workshop is targeted at highly motivated individuals who are interested in learning C# or who have attempted to learn C# in the past...
  • Blog Post: C# Day Report

    This Saturday (6/23), we gathered at the Microsoft offices in Waltham for the first "C# Day" event . Thanks to Michael de la Maza for volunteering his time and effort to run the session! There was a great turnout - so good in fact that the room filled up and unfortunately couldn't offer table space for...
  • Blog Post: Easy to Digest Tutorials for Blend and Silverlight

    [Via Dave Campbell - a blog you should read if you're into Silverlight.] Just launched is the beta of a great (Silverlight-based) site by Celso Gomes with some simple to use tutorials for Blend & Silverlight: http://www.nibblestutorials.net/ Currently, there are some good tutorials for creating animations...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Online Developer Courses

    The Microsoft Learning site has a number of self-paced eLearning courses on current technologies (e.g. .NET 2.0 & 3.0 and VS2005.) I've pulled the subset of the developer courses that are free and listed them below, but take a look at the full developer catalog as well (the courses with fees are...
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