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Update on Windows Driver Kit (WDK) for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
The Server 2008 edition of the Windows Driver Kit is temporarily unavailable from MSDN. A patch from Windows Update (KB 938371) interferes with installation of the Kernel Mode Driver Framework on Windows Vista. We expect to have fully tested the fix to this problem by March 15. Until then, we ask that you not release device drivers using KMDF version 1.7. For further information, contact WDFINFO@microsoft.com.
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Windows Server 2008 provides developers with the most secure, flexible and connected Web and applications platform, reducing the time to craft high-performing, standards-compliant applications and make network services available remotely. Register to download the trial software and you'll get access to resources strategically assembled to address the challenges you'll face as you discover, assess, and deploy the software.
SQL Server 2008, the next release of Microsoft SQL Server, will enable developers to create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on any device, while allowing all your users to make informed decisions with relevant insights. For more information on SQL Server 2008 and for an opportunity to share your feedback to the product team, check out the SQL Server 2008 resources page.
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite combines the functionality from all four Visual Studio Team System 2008 role-based editions (Test Edition, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, and Database Edition) to offer a fully comprehensive development environment for multi-disciplined team members. Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server trial and Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition trial are also available for download.
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Understand the architectural impact of building, running, consuming and monetizing S+S solutions.
Jamie Laflen extols the benefits of TDD when applied to database development - and supplies some useful techniques along the way.
The .NET Compact Framework 3.5 provides a subset of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) functionality that you can harness to communicate between Windows Mobile devices and desktop PCs. This MSDN Magazine article shows you how.
With the NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation can now truly be integrated with Windows Communication Foundation. This column describes how the integration works and how to make use of it effectively.
Security for Developers
What exactly does the SDL have to say about Web 2.0 development? To answer this question, let's take a look at a couple of security issues that affect Web 2.0 applications, and then dive into the corresponding SDL requirements.
Training
Visit the Visual Studio 2008 Learning Portal to find training resources like the free downloadable e-book offer featuring Visual Studio 2008-related technologies. Then check out new and upcoming titles from Microsoft Press to enhance your training.
In Introducing SQL Server 2008, you'll learn about major new features in SQL Server 2008, including security, administration, and performance. Get a free offer of excerpts from this insightful new book by Peter DeBetta.
Deep Training offers intensive, expert-taught, custom, hands-on classes in .NET at your organization - and now self-paced courseware, too. For a limited time, get a 40% discount on our SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services DVD- or CD-based training courseware.
31 March - 4 April, Copenhagen, Denmark
You won't recognize this as QuickStart - the content is richer and deeper. We've included R2 and accelerated the pace.
Case Studies
Cricinfo.com allows avid cricket fans to follow test matches and one-day internationals using its ball-by-ball scoring system. Based on the Microsoft .NET Framework and designed to cope with significant global demand, the Web site lets viewers follow the progress of their favorite teams.
To deliver a secure collaboration platform, the United Nations Development Program deployed SharePoint Server 2007 together with Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2005, and Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004.
By using the .NET Framework, Allianz-Tiriac developed a system that gives employees access to data at any time, from any location. With reliable, real-time information, employees can offer customized quotes faster.
Partner News
Build cross-platform and cross-language applications using Meister and Visual Studio. Meister mashes up builds between different versions of Visual Studio and Java.
Falafel Software releases ActiveFocus 2008, a project productivity management solution built with Web 2.0. The first license is free for all developers to enjoy.
Develop, debug and deploy PHP Web applications with Visual Studio 2008.
New version supports Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2005 and 2008, and Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007. Download free trial.
ProDev Partner Briefing for Application Development Partners
Microsoft invites you to an exclusive briefing for our partners with an interest or competency in building custom development solutions on the Microsoft platform.
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Visual Studio 2008: Making Your Life Easier
Topics covered in this webcast and virtual lab series include multi-targeting, JavaScript, IntelliSense, Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO), Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to Access Data and Increase Productivity
During the webcasts for developers, we explore data platform features, language-integrated query (LINQ), ADO.NET Entity Framework, T_SQL improvements, Microsoft Sync Framework, and mapping data by using Virtual Earth. After you watch the webcasts, work with SQL Server 2008 during virtual labs and see how you can implement the new features within your organization.

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National and Global Events
Microsoft ASP.NET Connections, Visual Studio Connections, SQL Server Magazine Connections
April 20 - 23
Orlando, FL
Microsoft ASP.NET and Visual Studio Connections will impact how you build solutions, gain productivity, and enhance your development skills to give your company the competitive edge. The conferences are co-located with SQL Server Magazine Connections. Register for one show and attend sessions in all shows for no extra charge. Every attendee gets a copy of Visual Studio 2008.
Next Generation .NET Web Applications with Dino Esposito
9 - 11 April
Mallorca Spain
ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight, patterns & practices, issues, tools, technologies, products for rich Internet applications: 3 days of intensive training at a great location. Registration price includes hotel, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Course will be held in English.
 
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