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What would you create for the Web if you only had 10 Kbytes of code? Can you optimize like your life depended on it? Enter the contest and find out. The grand prize winner will live large at MIX09 with a free pass to the MIX09 event, three nights at The Venetian Hotel, and a US$1,500 Visa gift card. There are lots of other great prizes, so submit your entry soon.
The Windows 7 platform makes it easy for developers to create engaging, user-friendly applications by providing familiar tools and rich development features that allow them to take advantage of the latest PC capabilities. This guide summarizes the key developer advances.
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The new features and added programmability support in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) provide a wealth of development opportunities. This course will immerse you in many of the developer-centric capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.
Save your customers time and money by shifting their governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) efforts from people to technology - using Microsoft technology they may already own. This free guide helps you reduce the complexity of GRC with a single source of compliance guidance.
XNA Game Studio 3.0 appeals to game developers of every level, and now enables commercial and community games to be written for Xbox LIVE.
The Windows Embedded team launched the "SPARKs Will Fly" contest on November 27 at ESC Boston. There is over $50,000 in total prize money with first prize bringing in US$15,000 and a slot in the ESC Silicon Valley 2009 keynote. First round submissions are due on January 7, 2009, so get involved today.
Whether you are looking to build on, upgrade, or migrate your packaged application to Microsoft SQL Server 2008, you should consider joining the Front Runner for Innovate On program. By joining the initiative, you will receive technical and marketing support to help you be one of the first to go to market with an application built on SQL Server 2008.
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December 12, 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time
This is full-day online event for developers and IT pros has a stellar speaker lineup and is guaranteed to be informative and entertaining.
This video demonstrates the new features of Visual Studio 2008 for creating WPF applications and discusses some of the differences between Windows Forms applications and WPF applications.
This video shows how to use XAML to create WPF applications, and explores features of the XAML editor. We will also look at how to nest controls to take advantage of WPF.
In this demonstration we will explore the major layout panels that come with WPF, contrasting them with each other and describing when to use each.
Pluralsight On-Demand is our new Web-based training service providing Microsoft .NET training and content in a convenient online format.
After completing this lab you will be better able to enable code analysis including turning on code analysis from within the IDE, setting warnings to be treated as errors, and using source code annotation to help with analysis.
This lab provides an introduction to the development of a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client with Visual Studio 2008. Visual Studio 2008 has a rich set of features to support the language integrated query framework for .NET ("LINQ"), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and design of WPF applications.
After completing this lab you will be better able to enable code analysis for managed code and suppress warnings for classes.
Learn how Outlook 2007 Service Pack 2 has changed the way that the Outlook process shuts down. Customers developing Outlook solutions that run outside of the Outlook process should understand how these changes impact their solutions.
Outlook 2007 presents developers with a great opportunity to create useful applications. Learn how Visual Studio Tools for Office 3.0 simplifies Outlook user interface customization.
Security for Developers
We posted our patterns & practices Security Engineering Cheat Sheet to our Application Architecture Knowledge Base on CodePlex. It's a bird's-eye view of applying our security techniques to the life cycle. The techniques and approach shipped with VSTS/MSF Agile starting in 2005.
Training
Microsoft Learning has recently conducted research to show the value of IT training. Use our research results as a powerful weapon when negotiating training opportunities with your manager. Our research shows that training leads to improved team productivity, reduced downtime, and increased employee satisfaction and loyalty. Find out more about the research data and Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions.
Begin training now and become a master of Microsoft SQL Server 2008. You'll learn to control powerful new features, and your efforts will be rewarded. Prove your heroic new abilities in our game, and you could win an incredible prize. You'll need dedication, intelligence, and intuition. Are you up to the challenge?
Increase your job security and make yourself stand out with Microsoft Certification. Start now and you can take advantage of the Microsoft Second Shot program, which gives you a free retake if you don't pass your certification exam on the first try.
Get free e-book chapters about Silverlight 2, LINQ, and ASP.NET 3.5. Preview a chapter and sign up for the free download offer to get additional content.
Introducing AppDev OnDemand - immediate online access to award-winning learning for the latest Microsoft technologies. Get up to speed quickly in SharePoint 2007, Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008, and more. For December only, get one-year full access to our entire course library for just US$2,995.
Deep Training offers intensive, 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. Plus, get a 40% discount on our SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services DVD- or CD-based training courseware.
 
 
 
January 19 - 23, 2009
Complete ASP.NET 3.5 provides in-depth coverage of ASP.NET 3.5 for both C# and Visual Basic developers.
February 11 - 13, 2009
Complete Silverlight 2.0 examines this new API beginning with XAML, code files, and Silverlight 2.0 development tools.
Case Studies
Singapore Computer Systems' iTrack real-time process tracking tool was developed in-house using Visual Studio and was built on the .NET Framework, due to its ease of use for development and deployment.
Exchange Hosted Archive, currently hosted on a vast server farm using SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition, will soon move to a cloud-based solution using Microsoft SQL Data Services Infrastructure, part of Microsoft SQL Services.
Manhattan Associates' ILS 2008 integrated logistics solution running on SQL Server 2008 will provide the performance and scalability needed to stay ahead of the requirements of even its largest global customers.
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Aggiorno now includes a smart find/replace feature that let you run searches and do global replacements on HTML code patterns.
Evaluate a professional database RAD tool fully integrated in Visual Studio. It includes a transparent database object framework and fast GUI layout designer.
Download a 30-day free trial for access to more than 30 Silverlight controls, more than 35 ASP.NET AJAX-ready controls, and more.
Find text patterns you define after converting images into searchable documents. Download Pegasus Imaging's trial SDK, sample code, and white paper.
DevExpress is offering access to more than 60 presentation controls free of charge, without any royalties or distribution costs.
This is the last call for entering the WebGui Challenge. Visual WebGui brings a new level of security to Web applications. Hundreds have tried so far, and it still remains unhackable.