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  • Blog Post: Dev and Test in the Cloud: Explained

    Most developers who have MSDN enjoy the benefits of having access to all the tools, software, operating systems, etc , that are included with MSDN subscriptions. However, what many don’t take advantage of is the ability to use the software in WIndows Azure for development and testing purposes. The following...
  • Blog Post: Get In on the Action: Start Your App

    Let’s recap where we are in our journey to “get in on the action.” We started off getting equipped with a Windows Store Developer Account either through MSDN, BizSpark, or DreamSpark or signing up for an account directly . Then we took a look at how to build Windows Store applications by going through...
  • Blog Post: Get In on the Action: Learn Windows 8 with Hands-on Labs

    By now, hopefully you’ve had a chance to get your Windows Store Developer Account up and running. If not, get on it! Remember, if you have an MSDN subscription , a DreamSpark account (for students registered in select, accredited, post-secondary educational institutions) or BizSpark , you can activate...
  • Blog Post: Get In on the Action: Start with Your Windows Store Developer Account

    As you read in Paul’s post from last week, The Windows Store is open for business. Is your app ready? , the Windows Store is ready for your apps. The first step to getting apps in the Windows Store is to get your Windows Store Developer Account up and running. Quick Info on Windows Store Developer Accounts...
  • Blog Post: The More We Get Together, The More Valuable We’ll Be

    Image Source Since I have a 17 month old son, I sometimes find myself thinking about things in terms of children songs. As such, when I think about the Microsoft-based platform and where it’s heading, the first song that pops to mind is “The More We Get Together”, and its repeating line: “The more we...
  • Blog Post: Thinking of getting Visual Studio? Now’s the time…

    Any craftsperson wants the best tools to work with.  A painter wants the best brushes.  A musician wants the best instruments.  And after many conversations with Developers and Testers, I know that you want the best tools to code and QA.  Sometimes cost is can be a factor, and to...
  • Blog Post: How to get up to speed with a new technology

    You are in front of your computer, wanting to learn a new technology for your job, or because you have this awesome idea on what will be the next Angry Birds. Whether you are a professional, a student or a hobbyist, learning a technology is sometimes a challenge. Where to start? In this blog post, I...
  • Blog Post: Ramp Up on Windows Azure with MSDN Benefits

    How do we, developers, learn cool new things? Do we read some materials, take some notes, and then we’re good to go? Maybe take a class or two and that’s it? No. We read, maybe take some classes, but most importantly, we learn by building apps! With on-premise solutions, that’s relatively...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint for Developers Now Available on MSDN Ramp Up

    MSDN Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based program that can help you save time in learning Microsoft technologies like SharePoint and Visual Studio . Additionally, it helps Java or VB 6.0 developers get up-to-date quickly on the .NET Framework . Recently, the folks who own MSDN Ramp Up updated...
  • Blog Post: PDC – The Devil’s Guide To PDC

    Heading to LA for PDC – this is a good read to get the most of the show.    http://thespiderking.com/wordpress/?p=42   “If you are reading this, you know Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference is on and is coming up in mere days. I am fortunate enough to be a part of the PDC Core...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready To Be Energized!

    In less than a month, Energize IT will be rolling into Toronto on Saturday May 24, 2008! It's going to be an amazing event bringing together Developers, Students, Designers, IT Pros, and IT Managers (and anyone excited about IT for that matter) under one roof! The event will take place at the Toronto...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2008 - Community Connection Events

    There is a lot of great conversation that has come out of our Community Connection Events. If you haven't attended one, I would highly recommend it! It's an opportunity for the community to discuss and collect learnings from the major challenges that are affecting the IT field. Here is the developer...
  • Blog Post: realDEVELOPMENT_07 Canadian Tour for Web Developers

    The realDEVELOPMENT_07 tour is coming to a Canadian city near you, and the focus is helping you be successful in your day to day jobs. This half day event will provide you with cool tips, tricks and tools to help you tackle the real Web development challenges you see everyday both in the browser and...
  • Blog Post: The Small Business Developer Center - Resources to Help You Grow on the Microsoft Platform

    If you work for or own a small business and you're involved in software development, there is a new Microsoft portal that may be of real use to you. This is especially true if you are new the Microsoft platform or you're thinking of using the Microsoft application platform to develop new software. This...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 has been released today! Here is the link if you want to download the bits . I'd highly recommend the Virtual PC image - if you opt for the full install, you should use a test machine, don't install it on a production machine (although it looks and feels rock solid - it's still...
  • Blog Post: A Chat with Richard Fung - MSDN Code Award Finalist

    Earlier this week, I met Richard Fung , an undergraduate student from the University of Calgary . Richard is part of a team of developers who submitted an entry for the MSDN Code Awards , which concluded at EnergizeIT 2007 in Toronto. You can check out his team's entry at the following URL: http:...
  • Blog Post: The Gadget VS Gadget Competition Is Now On!

    On April 18th, I hinted about a "special offer". On May 1st, John Bristowe posted resources and guidance on how to build a gadget. Now the cat's out of the bag - the Gadget VS Gadget competition has now launched and gives you both the opportunity to build Windows Vista gadgets and win great prizes such...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2007 - Pre-register Now!

    EnergizeIT 2007 is coming on June 16th and it's shaping up to be a very exciting free Summer event! It's going to happen on a Saturday in downtown Toronto and it's a perfect opportunity for Developers and IT Pros to let loose and "Get Your Geek On!". If you are interested in Microsoft Silverlight , ASP...
  • Blog Post: Office Webcast Series - Introduction & Resources

    Tonight, we will be presenting the introduction to our Office 2007 Webcast Series. If you haven't signed up for it already, here is the link to the main event page . At many webcasts and live events, you usually get a slide at the end with a link dump of a million resources. Rather than provide a slide...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 Webcasts Still Available

    If you visit our Ignite Your Coding webpage ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-ca/ignite/ ), you'll notice that we are in the midst of running a webcast series on Office and SharePoint 2007 development - I highly encourage you to sign up, it will be a good series. But what about the content we previously...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live and Vista Gadgets

    Are you interested in developing gadgets for Windows Live and Windows Vista ? If so - we have an offer coming up that will definitely interest you in a big way! Gadgets are mini-applications which allow users quick access to information from applications, the Internet, and utilities. Windows Vista gadgets...
  • Blog Post: JumpStart Certification Kit Offer Closed

    During the Unify and DNIC tours, we've been telling you about our certification offer. We would like to thank you all for your interest. Due to the overwhelming response the limited quantity of kits sold out extremely quickly. The offer is now closed. To view other available certification offers please...
  • Blog Post: [Announcements; MSDN] Jump Start for Canadian Developers and IT Professionals

    Jump Start Your Career http://www.microsoft.com/canada/msdn/jumpstart/ I am happy to announce the start of Jump Start from Microsoft Canada . Its purpose is to help developers and IT professionals reach their certification goals. To do this, we are pleased to offer you a certification study kit. Six...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 Webcasts Now Available

    In case you missed it, we posted all the .NET Framework 3.0 webcasts (including the .NET Framework 3.0 overview presentation with Christian Beauclair) on our Ignite Your Code website . If you are interested in Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Developers Night in Canada (DNIC) User Group Tour

    In the next couple of weeks, John Bristowe, Christian Beauclair, and I will start travelling to a city near you for the Developer Night in Canada (DNIC) User Group Tour: The Exciting Adventures of the Microsoft Application Platform Developer . We will be visiting over twenty (20) user groups across Canada...
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