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  • Blog Post: Upgrading your solution from VB6 to VB.NET

    There are a lot of applications out there today that were built using Visual Basic 6, Microsoft’s last version of Visual Basic before we released the .NET framework.  In fact, there are several companies that still use VB6 as a development platform for their solutions.  While there are many...
  • Blog Post: Event Debrief: Developing Rich Interactive Applications

    Over the past two weeks, I have been travelling with my colleague Jamie Wakeam across Canada conducting a half-day presentation on how to build Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) on the Microsoft platform.  I want to thank everyone who came to our briefings in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto - the...
  • Blog Post: Picking the right platform to fit your solution

    I love Football Sunday. On a Sunday when I have nothing else more important to do there’s nothing more enjoyable to me than sitting down and watching a great game of football. Some of you may be looking at this post already thinking I’m crazy; football is not exactly related to development and I’ve heard...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Patterns & Practices: Composite Application Guidance for WPF

    I'm sure many of you have seen Microsoft's Patterns & Practices website and I'll bet a large number of you have read the best practices guidance there and used the application blocks available there. Well, a new guidance stream is available on the site, this one specific to providing prescriptive...
  • Blog Post: Building Compelling Websites on the Microsoft Platform

    Over the past week, I've been conducting a half-day briefings on how to build great websites on the Microsoft platform. The first stop on the tour was Vancouver (Wednesday, May 14), the second was Mississauga (Tuesday, May 20) and the third was in Montreal (Thursday, May 22). For those of you that...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Blue Sky from Microsoft Canada

    There are a lot of Canadian tech companies working on innovative applications. Sadly, there is so much information and noise from blogs and other media sources that inspiring stories are often missed. Does this sound familiar? If you are working on an innovative application or service, the BlueSky...
  • Blog Post: Recap of My Application Platform Webcast Series

    Over the past month I have conducted a series of webcasts that focus on 3 key technologies that all web developers using Microsoft technology should know about. The main audiences for these webcasts are web developers and providers of IT services for small businesses, but if you're looking for a primer...
  • Blog Post: Free Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Training in Mississauga

    At the request of Mohammad Akif , our Senior Architect Advisor extraordinaire, I am posting a link to some free training on Visual Studio 2008. If you are going to be in the Mississauga, Ontario area on Monday, February 11th and have half-a-day to spare to get more information on Visual Studio and Windows...
  • Blog Post: CodeCamp: Integrating Silverlight into Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007

    The good folks at Non~Linear Creations informed me of this fantastic opportunity to learn how to integrate Silverlight into MOSS 2007. If you're going to be in the Greater Toronto Area on March 1, 2008 and have some spare time, you should think about registering for the Toronto Code Camp and attend their...
  • Blog Post: Learning opportunity for your career

    In our " Ignite your Career " series, we mentioned the importance of understanding the business landscape and also keeping up with trends in the software industry to ensure you kept your own value up. This is highly critical if you want to advance your career. A great means to achieve this is to learn...
  • Blog Post: Developer Night in Canada resources

    Here's a list of the resources mentioned during the Developer Night in Canada user group tour that is going on right now. VB Run - Home of everything that has to do with VB6 development on MSDN Pattern and Practice book on upgrading VB6 to VB.NET 2005 Older book on upgrading VB6 to VB.NET 2003 (Free...
  • Blog Post: Quick Troubleshooting Tip #1: Ask the Experts on the Microsoft Forums

    During the course of developing websites (or any software development project for that matter), it's quite natural to encounter errors and problems that you can't solve right away or you need additional expertise to help troubleshoot it. There are two great places that can help you get your technical...
  • Blog Post: Cool news for hardcore developers

    If you are swamped in a project right now or just starting up in your journey in .NET, you should ignore this post. On the other end, if you are the ultimate geek with some time on your hand you may want to head over Scott Guthrie's blog and check out this piece of news. Microsoft has announced that...
  • Blog Post: Ignite your Career

    We have created an article on the Ignite your Career series of webcast with details on the one that happened so far. This article will be updated as we move forward. Send us your questions or comments.
  • Blog Post: Great series of blog posts on Power Shell

    This is for my fellow application developers who may be helping their IT Pro counterpart or wear both hats. Marco Shaw, from the Maritimes, has started a blog series on invoking cmdlets in PowerShell. Head over to his blog to read about it.
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