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See how the next generation of developer tools will help democratize ALM with a unique solution that brings all the members of a development organization into the application development life cycle, and removes many of the existing barriers to integration. See Visual Studio 2010 in Action on Channel 9.
Silverlight 2 Release Candidate 0 is now available to developers for testing purposes and to help prepare your Silverlight 2 Beta 2 applications for the release of Silverlight 2. This release should not be used for launching Silverlight 2 applications for the general public.

 
Introducing Microphone  
Check out the Facebook Community for students. You told us you wanted to talk with even more people at Microsoft. So we created Microphone, a place to meet the people who actually create Microsoft's products. Need help with project ideas? Have a question or idea about Microsoft software? Want to talk with our developers, ask questions, tell us what you think? Come join the conversation and be sure to check out the Microphone video. Tap, tap, is this thing on? Let us know with your Microphone post.

Windows 7 
Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is the definitive Microsoft event for software developers and architects focused on the future of the Microsoft platform. PDC is almost here, and is bringing with it some great announcements including Windows 7 updates. PDC will hold 20-plus sessions on Windows 7 and distribute the pre-beta bits to attendees. Keep an eye on the Windows 7 blog for all the latest updates.

I'm a PC 
Following Seinfeld and Gates, Microsoft has launched a user-driven Windows ad campaign. People around the world are submitting videos and pictures about being a PC. If you're a PC, submit your own video now. I'm a computer science student, and I'm a PC. Read more about the Life Without Walls campaign.

Microsoft Student Partners
Microsoft Student Partners have kicked off another great year with students around the nation. These students bring Microsoft learning, events, and activities to campuses across the nation. Find out if there is a Student Partner at your campus to find activities and to get involved.

C# vs. Visual Basic 
Two members of our Academic Team have a classic language debate on their blogs. Clint Rutkas pushes hard for C#, while Alfred Thompson argues for Visual Basic.

Snippet Designer 
Along with her Visual Studio Tip of the Day, Sara Ford announces a tool for designing, editing, and exploring snippets is now available on CodePlex.

Campus Tour of Microsoft 
Max Zuckerman, Agent 008, filmed a campus tour of various Microsoft buildings and campuses in the Seattle area . It has a recruiting slant, but provides a good view of the Microsoft campuses.
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In this "How Do I" video, you'll learn how to visually design the workflow structure, add code to handle events associated with workflow activities and desired functionality, and then press F5 to debug the workflow.
This video covers all options around timesheet customizations in Project Server 2007.
This video provides strategies for locating and using the data in the Project Server 2007 Reporting database. The session walks through three examples of building relatively complex queries from the ground up.
Watch an overview of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - Project Server 2007 Connector to understand how this solution uses features within Project Server 2007 to enable integration.
October 22, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, you learn 10 reasons why your application can be more secure when it is deployed on Windows Vista. We also cover the new capabilities designed to protect memory, minimize privilege, and provide resource-oriented access control, plus a plethora of additional security enhancements.
October 29, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we explore many of the core elements of ASP.NET development and share practical examples to help you get started building solutions with the ASP.NET framework.
October 21, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
This presentation will focus on the computation algorithm support for developing HPC applications using the IMSL Numerical Libraries with Windows HPC Server 2008. An example for leveraging a multi-tiered computing environment will be included.
Attend this webcast to find out how to create one single application that can target different Windows Mobile Devices with different form factors. Discover how docking and anchoring enable you to easily change between portrait and landscape mode, how to add touch-screen functionality for Windows Mobile Professional Devices.
In this webcast, we create a Microsoft Office Outlook-like Web mail application in no time using Visual WebGui, an open-source Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) framework. We demonstrate how to create a responsive "Web-like desktop" application using the Windows Forms (WinForms) programming model. The outcome is a desktop-like UI application that can be presented in either DHTML or Microsoft Silverlight without having to code twice.
In this webcast, we examine the most common pitfalls developers face when getting started with Web services, syndicated data, and other types of data access within Silverlight 2. We explain the things you need to know and show how to use some helpful tools that can save you many hours when trying to solve problems.
Podcast: Calling Services from Silverlight 2.0 with Jon Flanders (Level 300)
WMA (16 MB) | MP3 (14 MB) 
Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 browser plug-in provides an environment for building rich Internet applications (RIAs). Traditionally, these types of applications relied heavily on services such as Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) for their functionality. In this Podcast, we discuss facilities built into Silverlight 2.0 for calling services, and the options for implementing these services.
geekSpeak Podcast: REST and Windows Communication Foundation 3.5 with Adnan Masood (Level 200)
WMA (17 MB) | MP3 (14 MB) 
Distributed systems guru Adnan Masood introduces the Representational State Transfer (REST) architectural style and its design principles, and he discusses how they can be implemented using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) 3.5. Adnan offers guidance and takes questions on when to choose a RESTful design over SOAP-based services and how WCF fits into the spectrum of Microsoft technologies that include ADO.NET Data Services (Astoria) and ASP.NET MVC.
geekSpeak Podcast: Windows Communication Foundation as the New .NET with Juval Lowy (Level 200)
WMA (16 MB) | MP3 (14 MB) 
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) provides off-the-shelf plumbing for connecting services together. The more granular the services are the more use the application makes of the WCF infrastructure and the less plumbing the developers have to write.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a report using the wizard, create a list report, work with, reports, & manage security.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a Content Type for managing online events, add customized pages, and create and deploy a Content Type using the SharePoint API.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to describe the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform, create managed applications for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, use the new Windows Mobile 5.0 APIs, understand how to use the device emulators, and share common code between devices.
Security for Developers
The "Zermatt" Developer Framework provides developers with a set of classes, tools and controls for building claims-aware applications and Security Token Services (STS).
Training
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40% off select SQL Server 2008 books
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Written by industry experts, Microsoft Press books deliver the accurate, from-the-source information that you need to take your skills and knowledge to the next level. Now there are chapters available for download from three great books available on Visual Studio 2008: Programming Microsoft LINQ, Introducing Microsoft Silverlight 2, 2nd Edition, and Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5.
For a limited time, you can get an extra chance to pass any Microsoft IT Professional, Developer, or Microsoft Dynamicsä Certification exam - free. Register for this offer before your first exam and you'll get two shots at success.
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Learn new development skills with free step-by-step training plans and premium technical content, and get valuable discounts on select certification exams and Microsoft Press training kits.
Expert-taught, custom, hands-on classes in ASP.NET & SQL Server Reporting Services at your organization. New courses cover ASP.NET 3.5, LINQ, ASP.NET AJAX, and more. Get a 40% discount on our SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services DVD- or CD-based training courseware.
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Genome 4.0 has released. Cite "MSDN Special" on your e-mail order for a 10% discount on Genome Professional licenses. Free trial available.
The new version presents a dramatic improvement in developer experience and a complete Integration into Visual Studio. Free Download Visual WebGui and start developing AJAX/Silverlight applications in minutes.
Join IDC's Charles Kolodgy and V.i. Labs to learn how to protect the intellectual property contained in deployed .NET applications.
In this partner discussion, Tim Kashani, founder and President of IT Mentors, and George Ghali, Director of Custom Development with Slalom Consulting, talk about their work with upgrading SQL Server 2005 solutions to SQL Server 2008.
This seminar series will focus on some of the technical elements of working with Windows Server 2008. This includes demonstrations on how to deploy and configure, manage IIS 7.0, build failover clusters, protect the network, troubleshoot and more.
This four-part web seminar series will discuss different strategies for how to go through an upgrade of applications deployed on SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008. You will learn all the elements of SQL Server 2008 upgrades and application compatibility testing.