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January, 2008

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    Free Visual Studio 2008 e-book offer...


    As we approach launch dates for Visual Studio 2008 I thought you guys can make use of this Free e-book offer!

    This book has some great chapters about introducing Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX, Silverlight 1.0 and LINQ.

    Download this free e-book and let us know what you think!

    -Mithun Dhar


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    Register for the upcoming Launch Events...


    Heroes Happen {Here}

    I've been getting a lot of mails about 'Where do I register for the VS/SQL/WS 2008 launch event?' mails. So here's where you go register. Act fast as there are a limited number of seats...

    For Pac West we have the following Launch Events:

    Spokane - March - 27 - 2008

    Seattle April - 1 - 2008

    Anchorage April - 16 - 2008

    Boise April - 28 - 2008

    Portland May - 6 - 2008



    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    See you there!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Play Server Quest...and give geek a chance!


    Hahaha! this is quite the geek game...check it out !



    You are Matt, the IT genius, navigating your way through the perils of office life, while trying to make a play for the hand of the beautiful and irresistibly geeky Alicia.  Are you geek enough to win the affections of the office’s comely new Security Officer? In order to find out, you’ll have to dig deep into your surroundings, solve puzzles, and uncover Easter Eggs and mini games that will help you inch your way closer to the prize—and closer to carving your name into the annals of geekdom.  Look for Server Quest online at www.server-quest.com   This winter, play Server Quest…and give a geek a chance.


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    My new love!


    I am smitten!

    I'm in love again! And this time the spanking new Audi S5 has stolen my heart. There is something about men and cars. Both of them attract each other mutually. I find a divine pleasure sitting behind the wheel, and enjoying the wide open road. That also tells you why I love road trips soo much! I often get recharged and completely rejuvenated in a nice long road trip!

    Anyway, coming to the point of this post - I saw the new S5 on roads today. I had read/heard about it and finally today saw it on road. Needless to say, I followed the car for a good 10 minutes forgetting my etiquette. Soon after, I drove to the nearest Audi dealership here in Redmond, WA.

    I should say that Audi has done a great job in styling. It's almost a cross between a Maserati and Aston Martin - it's got those distinctive curves and tail lights that lead you to believe that it's an Aston Martin Vanquish - but, of course! The sleek front LED lamps coupled with the bi-xenon's are mesmerizing. Interiors are gorgeous and to die for. The only thing I didn't like is the steering wheel and the paneling options - The steering is very lame and it's got a cheap feel to it. The paneling, I couldn't make out what they were trying to do. Off all the three available options I think the one with the sporty black pseudo wood panel is the best (I forget the official name for it). They have a very impressive list of colors available - my favorite is the metallic grey sorta like dark silver. I couldn't test drive the car and as a result have been unable to sleep since yesterday. I've got my name down for this weekend's test drive. Audi's also done a very good job below the hood. It's a V8 FSI engine sporting 354 horses with a not so impressive 325lbs of torque. Another eyebrow raising feature is the very very impressive audio system - It's got the Bang & Olufsen  system with 12 speakers and 2 sub's which put-out a deafening 500 watts music - sheer pleasure!. I always believed that music should not just hit you, it has to go through you! All in all, Very impressive! I can't wait to get behind the wheel...and see what the 0-60 looks like! lol! I am joking, I am good law abiding citizen. And, the best part, you don't have to barter an arm & a leg, the MSRP is about $50,900 pre-options. Pretty sweet price compared to the stuff you are getting.

    OMFG! What a car!

    1s5 4S5 3S55S5

    God created women, man created cars!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Geek Humor!



    -Mithun Dhar

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    VSTS UG Meeting update...


    I've been Out of Commission over the past few weeks. Basically, I was living it up in India, enjoying the sunshine and I was also busy getting married. :)

    Anyway, I hope you have already registered for the upcoming VSTS User Group Meeting. Jeff Levinson from NW Cadence will be speaking on the 30th on 'Team Build'! Knowing Jeff, this session will be awesomely entertaining and informative. Don't miss out on this action packed event! I'll also bring some fun swag! Here where you can Register

    Keep checking for updates and be sure to give your feedback on how the Seattle Team System User Group can do better - know that this is YOUR USER GROUP! - http://www.seattleteamsystem.org

    More details on the upcoming session:

    Date and Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Wednesday Jan 30, 2008 

    Topic: Team Build

    Location: MS Redmond Campus - Building 118- Room Mt. Si

    Click here for a map of the location.

    Meeting Leader: Sumit Chawla (Resolute Solutions Corp)

    Speaker: Jeff Levinson (Northwest Cadence) 

    Yes, I’ll admit it.  Not long ago I was a 90 pound quality weakling.  Other developers would kick sand in my face and flex their low bug counts, but I just couldn’t get my code integrated fast enough to fight back.  I didn’t even know if my entire application would compile, let alone if the pieces would all work together!  It was embarrassing… humiliating even.  But I showed them!  I started an automated build workout regimen and started flexing my low bug biceps.  I started out easy by automating the compile process, and working it out once a day.  But it wasn’t long before I was up to multiple build reps a day.  In fact, within a month I was integrating my code at every check in.  Then I started to add variety to my workout.  I threw in unit test first, and bulked up fast.  Then functional tests, and I really got strong.  I even started deploying my application with every build, giving me rock hard, six pack abs to bounce my tests against.  Today, I’m a quality stud, and no one challenges the quality of my code. 

    Don’t miss this session.  You can be a Team Build body builder as well! 

    See you there!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Silverlight Fire Starter Content now AVAILABLE!


    Many many thanks to Adam for putting together the Silver Light Fire Starter content! He's done a wonderful job of editing and getting all these videos to production quality.

    Please feel free to download and use these videos as appropriately. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via my site.


    -Mithun Dhar

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