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April, 2010

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    Silverlight 4 Training

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    Looking for a way to get ramped on all the cool new features just released in Silverlight 4? The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit (April 2010 Update)

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2008. The SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is ideal for developers who want to understand how to...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Machines with Sample Data and Hands-on-Labs

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    Looking for a way to get up-to-speed on all the application lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities in Visual Studio 2010 without wasting time and effort on infrastructure set-up? Check-out this blog post by Brian Keller, the Technical Evangelist for...
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    ARCast.TV - Using jQuery to Improve User Experience in Web Applications

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    David Hoerster , Director of Technology for policyIQ at Resources Global Professionals and the co-chair of the Pittsburgh .NET User's Group ( PGHDOTNET ), shares his experience and passion on jQuery in this interview with Zhiming Xue . Join us to learn...
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    TCG Player Releases Gaming News Web Slice

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    TCGplayer is the #1 on-line collectible gaming community. Recently they released an IE8 Web Slice in order to enhance their ability to offer their community the best in collectible gaming, from articles, gaming resources, community forums and more. The...
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    Silverlight 4 Released!

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    April 15th, 2010 marks the fourth release of Silverlight that Microsoft has shipped in the last 2.5 years.  Building upon the huge success of it’s predecessor versions, Silverlight 4 contains a slew of new features to help you build the next generation...
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    VS2010 Training Kit Update Released!

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    Now that Visual Studio 2010 has been formally released, it’s time to get up-to-speed on all the great new features in the .NET 4.0 Framework along with all the great new tools in Visual Studio 2010. The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training...
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    Dynamic Scaling Windows Azure

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    A key benefit of cloud computing is the ability to add and remove capacity as and when it is required. This is often referred to as elastic scale. Being able to add and remove this capacity can dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership for certain...
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    Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch (Beta)

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    The Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta is a set of controls, APIs, templates, sample applications and documentation currently available for Surface developers. With the .NET Framework 4.0, Windows Presentation Framework 4.0 (WPF), and this...
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    Bet Your Life on Windows Azure?

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    That is what sailors do that utilize the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's automated alerting system for fishing vessels in the United Kingdom. This is a location-based service infrastructure, code-named GeoPoint, that transmits position data...
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    Bing's Best 2 – A New Theme for Windows 7

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    Windows 7 comes with a few carefully selected out of the box themes – Windows 7 (default), architecture, characters, landscapes, nature, scenes and United States. The Bing’s team at Microsoft released the first Bing’s Best Windows 7 theme pack last October...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Incompatible with Visual Studio 2010 RTM

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    Now that Visual Studio 2010 has been officially released, you may be wondering if you can use the RTM version, along with the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP version, to create/test Windows Phone 7 applications. The answer is NO, not until an upgrade...
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    Free Book: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series

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    This “draft preview” book helps get you started in writing great programs for the Windows Phone 7 Series. Its much longer ebook will be completed and published later this year. Visit www.charlespetzold.com/phone for information about this book and later...
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    .NET 4.0 & Windows Azure

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    Now that .NET 4.0 Framework has been released as part of Visual Studio 2010 .NET 4.0 support in Windows Azure will be available within 90 days as previously announced. This will make it possible to develop applications for the latest on-premises...
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    Developing for Windows Azure in Visual Studio 2010

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    Now that Visual Studio 2010 has been released you have a new platform to enable the development of of internal and cloud based applications. This blog post points to a series of useful resources that will show you how to develop applications for Windows...
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    Migrating a Legacy Application to Windows Azure

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    In this blog post Jim Nakashima outlines how to migrate an existing ASP.net application that uses SQL Server to Windows Azure . To illustrate this process he used a well-known reference application: Nerd Dinner that has been used to illustrate good ASP...
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    Windows Azure Performance?

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    The Extreme Computing Group at Microsoft Research Labs now has a web site (in Azure of course) devoted to Windows Azure performance information. This site will present the results of regularly running benchmarks on the Windows Azure platform. On this...
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    What's new in C# 4

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    If you’ve wanted to get up to date on the new features in C# 4 that is part of Visual Studio 2010, see the set of Whirlwind screencasts on Channel 9. Whirlwind 9 - Introducing C# 4 The screencasts feature MVP Stuart Celarier and ISV...
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    ARCast.TV - Tool Assisted VB6 to .NET Migration

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    There are millions (if not billions) of lines of VB6 code out there. For many businesses, they need this code moved to .NET but they can't just throw the baby out with the bathwater and start from scratch. They might not be able to afford this, or maybe...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Released

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    The latest and greatest edition of Visual Studio, the premier developer tool suite form Microsoft, launched today. MSDN Subscribers may download the product from the MSDN subscription site . There is an impressive collection of content available on line...
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    Better Coding with Visual Studio 2010

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    Need a good overview what’s coming in Visual Studio 2010?  Check out this MSDN Magazine article by Doug Turnure that provides an informative look at some of the more compelling features in Visual Studio 2010 – along with instructions for exactly...
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    Ford, Microsoft team up on electric-car system

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    Sarah Parsons has posted an article on Inhabitat about Microsoft Hohm .  Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. have signed a deal to work together on a computerized link between houses, electric cars and utility companies to help manage energy use....
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    Windows Phone 7, Silverlight Are Business-ready

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    The new Microsoft mobile platform, Windows Phone 7, and the rich Internet application platform technology, Silverlight, are business-ready, writes Paul Krill at InfoWorld . In the article, he quotes Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive...
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    Expanded View of IE8 Accelerators

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    Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 help you quickly perform your everyday browsing tasks without navigating to other websites to get things done. Simply highlight text from any webpage, and then click on the blue Accelerator icon that appears above your...
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    Take the .NET ParallelExtensions Tour

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      See how to really speed things up with the new ParallelExtensions in the .NET 4.0 Framework.  These extensions to the framework make it super easy to add support for parallel computing and let you take advantage of all those multi-core processors...
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