MSDN Flash - Tuesday, 11 January, 2005

MSDN Flash - Tuesday, 11 January, 2005

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Happy New Year from the MSDN Flash team
We're off to a flying start
Finula Crow  
Dear Readers

If you've made a New Year's Resolution to improve your skills this year, you've come to the right place. We have some fantastic events and content lined up for you throughout 2005, and we're off to a great start this month.

As the Product Manager for Developer Tools here in Australia, I'm delighted to bring you the best tools, the latest updates and some invaluable resources. So you can continue to build on your skills as a developer and really get ahead.

Our first event for the year, the Microsoft Security Summit 2005 promises to be a highlight for 2005. It offers you in-depth coverage of the skills, processes and technologies you need to address security threats. The MSDN track will focus on how you can leverage Visual Studio Team System 2005 to produce better quality code, and includes an introduction to programming with Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

If you're like me, you're keen to get your hands on the latest books for developers. I highly recommend the recently released mmmmm by Dr.Neil Roodyn, a good friend of mine. With hands-on examples to help make you a better coder (and a focus on .NET), it's a handy resource for your book shelf. You can read more about it and pick up your copy at http://eXtreme.NET.Roodyn.com.

Chatting online with peers is also a good way to brush up your skills. By joining a .NET usergroup or a newsgroup, you can keep your ear to the ground and learn some time-saving tricks while you're at it. One of my favourites is the Dotnet Stanski newsgroup. It's a very active online community that I've really enjoyed being a part of. To subscribe, send "subscribe dotnet Your Name" in the body of the email to: imailsrv@stanski.com.

Finally, the local MSDN resources are invaluable for up-to-the-minute news. To help make it easier for you to find the information you need, we're currently overhauling the MSDN website This is the place to sign up to the MSDN Connection developer recognition program. As a member, you'll receive breaking news in your inbox about available resources (such as the BETA 2 of Visual Studio Team System due out this quarter) events, a bi-monthly copy of MSDN Magazine and a host of other great benefits.

As you probably know, our first issue of MSDN Magazine for Australia and New Zealand launched last year. Volume 2 is out now and has a major focus on security. If you can't make it to the Microsoft Security Summit, this issue is a must read!

Wishing you happy coding for 2005.

Finula Crowe
Product Manager - Developer Tools

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MSDN Flash Australia
Tuesday, 11 January, 2005
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