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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    SharePoint for Developers - Content now on Ramp Up!

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    image The Ramp Up program (www.MyRampUp.com)  has just launched a brand-new learning track: SharePoint for Developers, Part 2.

    The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is specifically tailored to the Ramp Up program, and offered in a variety of forms (article, v-lab, codecast and slidecast). This SharePoint track, along with the other currently offered tracks (eg, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient. Currently, there are no assessments in the program, so it's quicker than ever to graduate and receive the reward (25% off on certification and 50% off on e-Learning - only for graduates of Ramp Up). Check out the program (and the new and improved site!), and learn something you can use right away!

     

    Free training's are awesome!

    Here are the links:

    SharePoint for Developers - Part 1: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/rampup/dd221355.aspx

    SharePoint for Developers - Part 2: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/rampup/dd320759.aspx

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Dial A Human...

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    If you are ever as impatient and frustrated as me then the Dial A Human service will save you a lot of grief! I just got off a long branch of 'press 1 to go here', 'Press 2 to go here', so on and so forth call...after 18 minutes of super frustration, I hung up and searched the web to find this awesome service...

    http://www.dialahuman.com/ 

    I'm not sure how current the list is...but if you have any anomalies be sure to write to them by sending an email: HelloHuman@DialAHuman.com

    By the way, here's how to reach Microsoft - 800‑936‑5700 -  Press 0. (Simple eh!)

    The irony of it all is, I used to sell the platform for these IVR systems in my past life at Microsoft as a Technical Sales Specialist for the Office Communication Server/Speech Server.

    Karma is a bad, but sure thing!

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Internet Explorer 8 - RC1 Released

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    WOW! After, Win 7 we now have IE8 RC1 to play with...this is just awesome! :) Microsoft has now learned to keep me smiling non stop! :)

    Here's all the information for you to download and get started with IE8. And, oh yeah! Web slices are super nice.

    Geek on!

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    The Audacity of Ignorance...

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    Microsoft Windows Vista reminds me of Windows ME. Only, Windows ME had all the right criticisms. This past week, I installed Windows 7 on my primary machine and since there there's been constant chatter about the OS as soon as someone sees it in a cafe that I'm working or at User Groups. As a Developer Evangelist, the first thing I do is showcase all the cool stuff, the real stuff, the stuff that gets ooh's and aah's. Everyone's gets so excited to see it! So far, so good!

    Then I usually digress my conversation to, 'So after my 5 minute tour of Windows 7' what do you like the most? And, I usually get a varied bunch of answers like the Informative Icons, The clutter less desktop, some even like the Betta Fish on it! And, almost all of them like the Taskbar and the ability to move and place gadgets where ever. This is what irks me the most!

    So far in my conversations (including my dad!), No one has ever realized that gadgets can be 'detached' and placed wherever they want on the desktop even in Vista.  I'm so disappointed already because, its usually the same bunch who say Vista is half baked and a bad OS. Honestly, I can say Windows 7 is better in terms of 'everything'. It's a more holistic operating system and really, the best Microsoft has ever released. And, perhaps the most well rounded Beta release ever. But, Vista isn't as bad! Really, people! Once, you discount the herd mentality and get off the 'I hate Vista' bandwagon you really can see that it's a pretty good OS and definitely better than XP! (In my humble opinion!)

    That said, if you haven't already downloaded a beta copy of Windows 7 - do it now! time is running out.

    Oh yeah, here's how you can move gadgets to anywhere on the desktop even in Vista!

    1. When sidebar is running - Right click on the gadget - Detach from Sidebar - Move wherever and say cheeze that was ez.

    OR

    2. When sidebar is running - Press and hold down on the border/non functional area of the gadget - Drag it out of the sidebar - The gadget is now detached.

    In either case, if you want to attach the gadget, Right click and choose Attach Gadget! See, it's that simple!

    Now say, I love Windows Vista! (If only it were that easy!)

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Windows 7 Beta General Availability to soon end...

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    Brandon LeBlanc, our Communication Manager from the Windows Product team posted a blog updating the dates and deadlines for the broad availability of Windows 7 Beta. If you are a TechNet or MSDN Subscriber this doesn't apply to you!

    The entire blog post is useful and can be read HERE.

    The gist of the post is as follows:

    The shutdown of general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will occur in 3 phases over the course of the next few weeks:

    • Starting January 27th, the Windows 7 page will be updated with a warning that time is running out on downloading the Windows 7 Beta and that we will be limiting downloads shortly. People will be encouraged to register and start the download of the Windows 7 Beta sooner rather than later.
    • February 10th, new downloads of the Windows 7 Beta will no longer be available. People who have already started their Windows 7 Beta download and have not yet finished will still be able to finish their download and are encouraged to do so.
    • February 12th, people will no longer be able to complete their download of the Windows 7 Beta. Anyone who hasn’t finished downloading the Windows 7 Beta will be unable to do so.

    Product keys for the Windows 7 Beta will continue to be available. So if you have the Windows 7 Beta but didn’t get a product key you will be able to do so even after February 12th.

    In short, if you haven't already downloaded a copy, do so now! And, please do provide feedback...

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Practical Silverlight: More than just flash - Partner led training event in Bellevue, WA and Portland, OR

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    Well, I've been getting a lot of mails requesting deep dive training on Silverlight. Here's a great one - https://registration.sftsrc.com/ 

    This is a fantastic and informative way to learn about Silverlight. I've personally worked with Shaun McAravey and Patrick Cauldwell - both of them are excellent speakers and instructors. You are guaranteed to have a fun and informative event.

    The agenda looks like this:

    • Silverlight Foundations
    • Silverlight with Style
    • Silverlight Browser Integration
    • Silverlight and the Server

    You can read about the abstracts, Register and find more information at - https://registration.sftsrc.com/

    Venue:

    February 10, 2009                                                          February 12, 2009

    Hyatt Regency Bellevue                                                      University Place Hotel &

    900 Bellevue Way NE                                                          Conference Center

    Bellevue, WA 98004                                                           310 SW Lincoln St

    Portland, OR 97201

    See you there!

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    XAML Fest coming to Redmond...Feb 16th and 17th

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    You asked it and we did it! This is collaboration people... real time collaboration :) We got feedback from the community requesting in depth training's for Developers. The XAML fest will offer in depth training AND hands on labs for developers to get up to speed on Silverlight, WPF, and the other nice tools.

    Are you already jumping in joy? Hold on! There's more...We are giving away a copy of Expression Studio 2 and Visual Studio 2008 to every attendee.

    Here's a simple way to Register - mailto:xamlfest-redmond@live.com

     

    • When: February 16th and 17th
    • Where: Microsoft Building 117 -Chinook Room (148th Ave and 40th St.)

    3850 148th Ave NE

    Redmond, WA 98052

    Note: To make sure that all attendees benefit from the Hands on Labs we are restricting the # of attendees to 50. So you are guaranteed to have personal attention and help during the event. Register ASAP!

    As always if you have questions, feel free to email me.

     

     XamlFest -- come as you are, leave Xamlized :)

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Microsoft Web Platform Installer 1.0 Released

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    And they say we are in-different to Web Developers...

    Microsoft today announced another great tool to make the lives of Web Developers simpler.

    The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 and 7.0, SQL Server 2008 Express, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. The Web Platform Installer offers a single installer to help you obtain the software you need to build and run a complete Web solution on the Microsoft Web platform, whether you are using Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008. In addition, the Web Platform Installer checks online to ensure the most current versions and new additions to the Microsoft Web Platform are downloaded.

    At a high level:

    Features

    • Single installer for all Microsoft Web Platform components including:
      • Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.1 on Windows XP SP3
      • IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 SP2
      • IIS 7.0 on Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008
      • SQL Server 2008 Express
      • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
      • Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1
    • ASP.NET, Complete and Custom installation options
    • XML-based product manifest updated automatically when tool is run

    For more information on this tool: http://www.microsoft.com/web/channel/products/WebPlatformInstaller.aspx

    To download IIS, IIS Extensions, .NET Framework, Visual Web Developer 2008, SQL Server 2008, ASP.NET MVC and Silverlight Tools, etc use the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/

     

    You can also learn more about the Microsoft Web Application Installer (beta) here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/channel/products/WebApplicationInstaller.aspx - Essentially, The Microsoft Web AI provides support for popular ASP.Net and PHP Web applications including Graffiti, DotNetNuke, WordPress, Drupal, OSCommerce and more.

    And lastly, here's one important FAQ that all Web Developers should know...

    What is the Microsoft Web Platform?

    The Microsoft Web Platform is a powerful set of tools, servers and technologies (including PHP and .NET Open Source Applications) optimized for building and hosting next generation Web applications. In addition, it’s free.

     

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Refresh of Azure SDK and Tools for Visual Studio announced!

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    If you are already getting your hands dirty with Azure stuff this announcement on their blog is stuff worthy of a toast! A new refresh of the Azure SDK and Azure tools for Visual Studio was announced. Go get em!

    Download the Windows Azure SDK - CTP January 2009

    Download the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio - CTP January 2009

    And, if you are looking for some free training's to get started on writing applications on the Azure platform, be sure to sign up for an upcoming MSDN Event near you - www.msdnevents.com

    Here's What we'll be covering:

    SESSION 1 | Demystifying Azure: An Overview of the Azure Services Platform for Developers

    The Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) is an Internet-scale cloud services platform with an operating system and developer services set that can be used individually or together. Hosted in Microsoft data centers, Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can help you build new applications to run from the cloud or to enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. With open architecture, Azure gives developers the ability to build Web applications, and applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, and hybrid solutions that offer the best of online and on-premises functionality. Confused about the Azure hype? Come discover and demystify the Azure concepts, and see demos of Azure in action with a variety of services.

    By attending this session, you’ll learn:

    • How to build new cloud-based applications
    • How Azure equips you to build Web, connected, PC, server and hybrid solutions
    • Azure interaction with data services

    Need more? Attend a Azure User Group near you... http://www.azureusergroup.com/ 

     

    Finally, if you are interested in a learning more about Azure and attending a FREE one day event focused on Azure for Developers write me a note.

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Lecture by Nancy Duarte Author of Slide:ology on Microsoft User Group Island in Second Life -- Tuesday, January 27, 2009 12:00 PM Pacific Time - Sign up NOW!

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    My good friend Zain is a Second Life junkie! He's done some amazing stuff in SL! And, now he's organized an event in SL with Nancy Duarte talking about Slide:ology! If you've read her book you already know that your time is well spent watching this session.

    Sign up soon as seating is limited...

    Click here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032400632&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US 

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    See you in Second Life!

     

    -Mithun Dhar

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