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Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

  • Architecture + Strategy

    In-Person Event: The Full Testing Experience - Professional Quality Assurance with Visual Studio 2010


    image Microsoft and Northwest Cadence are proud to offer this four hour live event – during which we will demonstrate the testing and quality assurance lifecycle using Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server. Join us as we dive into the testing tools and testing process you can use to dramatically improve the effectiveness of your QA and Test efforts. You’ll see the Microsoft Test Manager and Lab Management in all its glory as we explore how to manage your test environment, organize test suites, test cases, requirements and bugs, and how to manage both automated and manual test runs. In addition, you’ll see how to easily create an automated test from an existing manual test run. Finally, and most importantly, you’ll discover how insanely easy it is to create bugs that can be simply and reliably reproduced by developers – Visual Studio 2010 is that powerful.

    • Imagine knowing which manual regression tests you had to run, given the code changes in the recent build…
    • Imagine being able to quickly and completely capture bugs in such a way that developers can reproduce them…
    • Imagine being able to record your exploratory testing and turn that exploration into detailed test steps – with just a few commands…
    • Imagine taking a manual test run and, in seconds, turning it into an automated test…
    • Imagine using an intuitive interface to design, organize and execute your test plans…
    • Imagine seeing your testing progress on one simply dashboard, and drilling into critical details…
    • Imagine testing your application more effectively, in less time, and with less pain…

    Now come see it all. In action. Today.

    This training event is geared towards QA managers, technical and non-technical testers, business analysts, and quality-conscious developers working on cross-functional teams (or, gasp, organizations without testers).

    Register for a date & location near you!

    Welcome: 8:00 AM (Local Time)

    Seminar: 8:30 AM-12:00 PM (Local Time)

    Microsoft Partner Events:





    July 7, 2010

    Bellevue, WA


    July 8, 2010

    Portland, OR


    July 13, 2010

    Mountain View, CA


    July 14, 2010

    San Francisco, CA


    July 15, 2010

    Irvine, CA


    July 27, 2010

    Phoenix, AZ


    July 28, 2010

    Denver, CO



    Learn more about Visual Studio 2010

    Keep up with the latest developer news through MSDN Flash

    Keep up to speed on additional Northwest Cadence events


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    Visual Studio 2010 Launch Event – Live Online Webcast



    Too busy to attend the in-person events in various cities? Now you can watch the May 27th Seattle event in the comfort of your own computer (though without the free coffee and drinks and snacks and swag and people!). Just follow the links below for either the MSDN developer track, or TechNet IT pro track.

    May 27 - MSDN Webcast: Simulcast Event: Launch 2010 Technical Readiness Series, Life Runs on Code


    May 27 - TechNet Webcast: Simulcast Event: Launch 2010 Technical Readiness Series, the Next Wave of Business Productivity

  • Architecture + Strategy

    Free Training – Microsoft Web Camps in Mountain View on May 27 & 28, 2010



    The Microsoft Web Team is excited to announce a new series of events called Microsoft Web Camps!

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    Interested in learning how new innovations in Microsoft's Web Platform and developer tools like ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 can make you a more productive web developer? If you're currently working with PHP, Ruby, ASP or older versions of ASP.NET and want to hear how you can create amazing websites more easily, then register for a Web Camp near you today!

    Microsoft's Web Camps are free, two-day events that allow you to learn and build on the Microsoft Web Platform. At camp, you will hear from Microsoft experts on the latest components of the platform, including ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Entity Framework, IIS, Visual Studio 2010 and much more.   See the full agenda here.

    Register now and we look forward to seeing you at camp soon!


    Mountain View, CA  May 27 & 28

    1065 La Avenida
    Mountain View, CA 94043
    Phone: (650) 693-4000



    clip_image004Jon Galloway works for Scott Hanselman as an ASP.NET Community Program Manager helping to evangelize and promote the ASP.NET framework and Web Platform. Jon previously worked at Vertigo Software, where he worked on several Microsoft conference websites (PDC08, MIX09, WPC09), built the CBS March Madness video player, and lead a team which created several Silverlight advertising demos for MIX08. Prior to that, he’s worked in a wide range of web development shops, from scrappy startups to Fortune 500 financial companies. He was an ASP.NET and Silverlight Insider, ASP.NET MVP, published author, regular contributor to several open source .NET projects. He runs the Herding Code podcast ( and blogs at  

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    Azure – the cool parts! A BizSpark Camp



    Want to know what makes Azure different?  Learn how to deploy your own application to Azure in this free developer’s training and you could win a Zune HD! Light breakfast and lunch included!

    This event will have a heavy technical focus, so make sure you don’t leave your web development skills at home!

    Schedule for the day:



    Registration & continental breakfast



    Azure presentations and demos






    Azure presentations and demos, continued.






    Azure walkthough followed by a "hackathon".



    Zune HD giveaway




    Date & Registration Information:

    May 7, 2010

    San Francisco:

    June 4, 2010

    Los Angeles:

  • Architecture + Strategy

    CloudPlay – Cloud Computing Event in Mountain View on April 29, 2010



    April 29th, 2010 9am-7pm

    Special 20% Savings

    (Discount code: svcloud)

    Join us for CloudPlay!  We will feature a keynote from Jeff Nick, CTO of EMC, Steve Lucas, SVP of Business User Sales, SAP, Susie Wee, CTO of Cloud Services at HP, and panels/workshops tackling the hottest trends in Cloud Computing today from leaders both big and small. 

    Though cloud computing is not new, the consumer driven need for high volume, scalable storage and platform solutions is quickly becoming a market phenomenon and everyone is scrambling to be on top.  Who will win the race?  

    Cloud industry leaders will gather to discuss leading trends in cloud computing, including a comparison of Cloud Platform providers, VC Cloud interest, and workshops examining costs, management, security, and development. The conference will include a demo session featuring the hottest companies leveraging various cloud computing platforms, presenting startups will be enterprise oriented. 


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