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    The Benefits of .NET University

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    Robin highlights some of the great stuff that comes out of running and attending a .NET University : The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RV.NUG) is using .NET University for their September meeting. We had to make a few adjustments from the normal monthly...
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    XNA Team Blog : Announcing XNA Game Studio 2.0

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    OK, so I'm a little late to the game on this one : Michael Klucher Program Manager - XNA Community Game Platform Wow! It's hard to believe that a year ago on this blog we announced the first release of XNA Game Studio Express. Now, here we are again at...
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    Silverlight DevCamp DC

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    This is gonna be fun...keep an eye on Frank's blog for more info. First it was San Francisco , then Chicago -- even Dublin, Ireland is getting in on the fun . Now the Silverlight DevCamp phenomenon comes to the Nation's Capitol. On November 3, 2007, Silverlight...
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    Next geekSpeak - This Wednesday, September 12th

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    Once again, I'm co-hosting geekSpeak with my fellow Developer Evangelist, Glen Gordon : This week's geekSpeak will be all about integrating SQL Server Reporting Services and Sharepoint 2007. Our guest will be Ted Malone . Bring your questions and let...
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    What is shortText.com?

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    Interesting idea ... shortText.com is a simple tool to post text online, with minimum fuss. No sign ups, no sign in, just instant web presence for your information. Don't have a website? Don't want a blog? Want to share a piece of code...perhaps a recipe...
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    NoVA Code Camp 2007.02

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    Planning for the next Northern Virginia Code Camp is getting underway, and Jeff is looking for your feedback : It's time to start talking about another code camp in Northern Virginia, 2007.02. We're still in the formative stages, registration isn't set...
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    Sample SharePoint Dev Chapter

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    Glen highlights a free sample of interest to Sharepoint developers: Here's a great sample chapter from the book " Professional SharePoint 2007 Development " that was written by my Atlanta pal Matt Ranlett. As a matter of fact Matt, Brendon Schwartz and...
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    Webguide for Media Center

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    Technorati Tags: media center , fun , windows vista OK, this one's for you Frank : Webguide was bought by Microsoft and made a free upgrade to all Media Center users. It basically streams all video, music, photos and TV across the net. It even re-encodes...
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    New Media Center Extenders announced

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    New Media Center Extenders...and they support DivX and XviD , something I've heard tons of people ask for. Good stuff: So today Microsoft is announcing a reinvigorated Media Center Extender effort called... wait for it... Extenders for Windows Media Center...
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    Run your car...off a capacitor?

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    This sounds kinda cool: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Millions of inventions pass quietly through the U.S. patent office each year. Patent No. 7,033,406 did, too, until energy insiders spotted six words in the filing that sounded like a death knell for the internal...
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    Get Certified!

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    Marc from the Public Sector Developer team shares the following : It's been a long time since I have looked at certifications. The last tests I took were for my VB6 based MCSD and SQL 2000. Recently, a customer asked me for advice about getting the MCPD...
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    Career Development Webcasts

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    My colleague Chris Bowen has word of an interesting webcast series : Here's a chance to take a step back from the technology treadmill and consider your career. John Bristowe posts that my colleagues with Microsoft Canada are hosting a series of 5 webcasts...
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    Silverlight on MLB.com

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    Good news for baseball fans everywhere: The first major deployment of Microsoft's Silverlight technology went live Tuesday, with the Web site for Major League Baseball using version 1.0 of the browser for interactive video content. MLB.com currently is...
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    Silverlight 1.0 Released...plus a big surprise

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    As of today, Silverlight version 1.0 is released to the web. In fact, if you've checked out the cool Halo 3 video I linked to last week , that's using the final bits. Among the cool stuff we're announcing today, there's a bunch of folks jumping on the...
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    geekSpeak Tomorrow on Silverlight

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    Bad news/good news. The bad news is that my Web Wednesday tomorrow on Silverlight is completely full. The good news is that if you're jonesing for some good Silverlight info, my colleague Glen Gordon has you covered: Our first geekSpeak in September will...
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    Handwritten Post-Its in Silverlight

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    Very cool idea from Tim Heuer (whose Shift key seems to be broken, perhaps I should order him a new one): in my previous post i talked about converting rss data to json using the asp.net ajax javascriptserializer class. i wanted to use this because i...
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    Reviewed: Project Sylpheed and Space Giraffe

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    Wired has a good review of two new flying games for the 360...Project Sylpheed and Space Giraffe (for XBOX Live Arcade). Here's some of what they say about the former: I enjoy spaceship-based videogames because it's easy to pretend you're actually...
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    Upcoming Events for September

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    Here are some events coming up this month, pulled from http://www.madcodecamp.com/ : Tuesday, September 4, 2007 7:00 PM: CMAP September Meeting - Kevin Goff is speaking on "Intro/crash course on LINQ and VS2008 language enhancements" Thursday, September...
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    Reminder: Next MSDN Roadshow

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    Just a quick reminder that the next MSDN Roadshow for Mid-Atlantic , featuring Dani "Small & Mighty" Diaz and Zhiming "Dr. Z" Xue will be held on September 14th, 2007 at 8:00am at the Microsoft office in Pittsburgh, PA . Dr. Z will provide an introduction...
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    LINQ and Geocoding

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    This is both cool and geeky: There’s a lot you can do with LINQ and the new C# goodies that are coming up in .NET 3.0. In previous posts I’ve talked about LinqToSql , vars and Lambdas , and using LINQ to query things other than a DB . Today I want...
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    The Science of Play

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    Halo 3 is coming, and Wired has a really fascinating article on some of the effort that went into making the game fun for a variety of types of gamers: Sitting in an office chair and frowning slightly, Randy Pagulayan peers through a one-way mirror. The...
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    Build a Silverlight User Control: LED Display

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    Frank 's got a cool post up on making an old-school LED display-like control with Silverlight 1.1. Awesome! After catching Andrew's Silverlight presentation and watching Tim Heuer's screencast on creating controls in Silverlight 1.1 , I was inspired to...
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    FREE ASP.NET hosting until January 2010

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    Marc Schweigert from the Federal Developer team shares a cool-sounding offer : Verio is offering a sweet little free hosting deal to developers and designers to promote Microsoft-based hosting for products and technologies like Expression, Visual Studio...
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    .NET, Silverlight, and other ramblings (from the UK): How to make a Button in Silverlight 1.1

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    Via Chris Steen : In my button we will change the color of the canvas in on mouse hover, and allows you to implement the click logic at the TODO. You can use this code for your own buttons. The important points are: MouseEnter - When we hover over the...
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    Silverlight Controls

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    Having spent some more time playing with Silverlight (both 1.0 and 1.1) lately, one of the things that's noticeable is that while you can create pretty much anything you can imagine, particularly using Expression Blend , the current crop of built-in controls...
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