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    3 netbooks, 1 contest – Go win!


    Here’s a really cool chance for you to win a spanking, brand new, Windows 7 netbook. Also, note that there are three netbooks that Microsoft is giving away. It’s really simple and easy…


    Click Here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9702402



    • Write a great article using the regular Code Project submission guidelines
    • Your article should include screen shots and code samples
    • Your article must use Visual Studio 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2010 Beta
    • The app should run as a Windows client, and should take advantage of Windows-specific technologies/features found in Windows 7 (such as jumplists, thumbnails, etc.)
    • You’ll need to tag your article with the key words "Windows 7”

    The Rules

    1. Articles must follow the guidelines listed on the above website.
    2. The articles can use any programming language but must focus on one of the Windows 7 features.
    3. No cheating, lying, stealing code, or biting.
    4. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    5. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
    6. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
    7. The contest runs from 3 November 2009 to 3 February 2010, at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time.  After the contest closes, no additional entries will be permitted.
    8. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your name, member profile information, article, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project and Microsoft.
    9. By entering your article in the contest you agree that The Code Project and Microsoft can link to your article and all accompanying data or information for promotional purposes.

    Good luck!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    East meets West…or does it?


    This is a really cool TED talk! I don’t know if it’s enlightening or entertaining or thought provoking or none or all of the above. It was very unique and since I come from India and it’s almost 10 years of me living in a Western country my thought process is a little too mixed. I however know the nuances in each school of thought…probably the best thing to gain from exposure and diversity. Watch and let me know what you think…

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Microsoft Technology Conference | Jan 28th | Olympia, WA


    I am very happy to see the Microsoft Technology Conference come to fruition! I’ll be presenting at this conference along with my colleague Chris Avis. Come join us for a whole day of fun & learning.

    I look forward to seeing you at the event.


    Event ID:

    Event Title: Microsoft Public Sector Technology Conference

    Event Date: January 28, 2010

    Registration: 8:30am

    Event Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm PST

    Event Location:
    DSHS Headquarters, (OB2), Auditorium
    1115 Washington St. SE, Lower Level
    Olympia, WA 98504
    (360) 902-8400


    Click the link above OR call 1-877-673-8368 and reference the above event ID

    Who Should Attend

    Developers, Architects, Web Designers and technical managers who wish to get an early look at the next advancement in Software Development.

    The Agenda





    8:30 – 9:00



    9:00 – 10:30

    Introduction to SQL Azure

    90 minutes

    Joel Reyes

    10:30 – 10:45


    15 minutes


    10:45 – 12:00

    Overview of Windows 7 and writing applications for Windows 7 using .NET Framework

    75 minutes

    Mithun Dhar and Chris Avis

    12:00 – 1:00


    60 minutes


    1:00 – 2:30

    Overview of Windows Communication Foundation Data Services

    90 minutes

    Joel Reyes

    2:30 – 2:45


    15 minutes


    2:45 – 4:00

    Introduction to Microsoft Unified Communications

    75 minutes

    Mithun Dhar and Chris Avis

    © 2010 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.



    -Mithun Dhar

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    Zero to XAML in 4 Hours with Paul Sheriff (RD SoCal)


    Welcome Time
    12:30 PM Local Time

    Event Time
    1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Local Time


    Register for a date & location near you!

    Click the registration link OR call 1.877.673.8368 and reference Event ID.

    Denver, CO

    January 28, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439050

    Portland, OR

    February 2, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439051

    Bellevue, WA

    February 4, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439052

    Mountain View, CA

    February 9, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439053

    Irvine, CA

    March 16, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439054

    Los Angeles, CA

    March 18, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439055

    Phoenix, AZ

    March 23, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439056

    MSDN Events Presents: From Zero to XAML in 4 Hours

    Learning XAML for use in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) or Silverlight can be a little daunting. This seminar with Paul Sheriff of PDSA, Inc will introduce the basic concepts of XAML and show you how to get started quickly and easily. You will be given an overview of XAML tools such as VS.NET 2010 and Expression Blend. If you are new to Silverlight and WPF you need to attend this seminar to see how to move to these powerful new platforms. The focus on this seminar is using XAML to build business applications.

    After the initial XAML introduction we will then dive deep into the data binding features of WPF. We will explore the many ways to retrieve and present data using data binding in WPF. You will see examples of loading data into combo boxes, list views, and the WPF DataGrid. You will learn how to populate WPF controls using a DataTable, Collection Classes, XML, LINQ to SQL and the Entity Framework.

    The next deep dive we will do will focus on creating standard Login and About dialogs, menu systems, toolbars, status bars, etc. At the end of this seminar you will walk away with tons of samples that you can put into use right away.

    You will Learn:

    1. Introduction to XAML, WPF and Silverlight

    2. XAML Controls used in Business Applications

    3. Introduction to Styles

    4. Data Binding Techniques in WPF

    5. Building standard business forms, dialogs and tools

    More about Paul Sheriff:

    Paul D. Sheriff is the President of PDSA, Inc. (www.pdsa.com), a Microsoft Partner in Southern California. Paul acts as the Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California assisting the local Microsoft offices with several of their events each year and being an evangelist for them. Paul has authored several books, webcasts, videos and articles on .NET, SQL Server and SharePoint. Paul can be reached via email at PSheriff@pdsa.com or at Paul Sheriff's Inner Circle (www.PaulSheriffInnerCircle.com).

    Who Should Attend
    Developers, Architects and stakeholders who wish to gain a better understanding of Windows Presentation Foundation.

    Attend for your chance to win* a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate!

    Please feel free to forward to a co-worker you think would benefit from attending this event.

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    The best new year greeting card…


    My dad sent me this simple short video with a simple short message – Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!

    ‘Dare to believe in yourself…’

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Webcast: Building a Private Cloud with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (Level 300)


    With all the Cloud announcements, the cloudsphere is abuzz with ‘cool’ stuff! Here’s a really useful webcast if you want to build a Private Cloud with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit!

    Register today!

    TechNet Webcast: Building a Private Cloud with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (Level 300)  
    Event ID: 1032432793

    Register Online

    Product(s):    Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager,Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007.
    Audience(s):  IT Decision Maker,IT Generalist.
    Duration:       60 Minutes
    Start Date:     Friday, December 11, 2009 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

    Event Overview
    You can build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 using the Microsoft Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (availability scheduled in the first half of 2010).
    This free, partner-extensible toolkit provides an architectural road map, deployment guidance, best practices, and familiar tools for creating agile, virtualized IT infrastructures. Attend this webcast to learn more about the components of the Data Center Toolkit and how you can improve your data center efficiency by lowering the overall costs of on-boarding, deployment, and management. 
    Presenter: Luis Camara Manoel, Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

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    Designers of the world (more so in Seattle) unite!



    Post PDC, the Silverlight communities across the world is rejoicing for all the awesomeness that was showcased! And, like everything good, better and best the communities are rushing to fill in the gaps and create Silverlight User Groups.

    Seattle, WA is no different! Barring rain, we are normal like everywhere else. We even formed our own Seattle Silverlight User Group. The launch party is slated to happen on the 9th of December at the Microsoft’s Steptoe Room in Building 41. This will be a really cool holiday party so be sure to come dressed in your best geek attire! A lot of Microsoftee’s, MVPs, and Community influencers will be present at this event.

    Where: Microsoft building 41 – Steptoe Room (Where the .NET UG meets every Monday)

    Directions: http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&where1=Microsoft%20Building%2041%2C%20WA&encType=1 

    When: December 9th

    More information: http://www.SeattleSilverlight.net/ 

    The topic of the Evening is What is new in Silverlight 4 by John Stockton:
    We will take a tour of the new features in Silverlight 4 including features like printing, rich text (RTF) support, and expanded databinding support. Also hear about exciting Silverlight additions to the media stack, and get an introduction to the Silverlight 4 elevated trust out of browser model



    Interact Seattle -  http://www.interactseattle.org/

    In other news, the Interact group which is rapidly gaining popularity with designers and developers alike is having their next meeting on December 16th. This user group meets Every Third Wednesday between 7:00 – 8:30pm at Bellevue Place where the Hyatt is located. Free parking after 6:00 pm is located under the hotel.  They meet in the Hyatt Board room on the second level in the Atrium ( big dome).

    This month David Kelley(Principal UX Architect at Wirestone) is talking about

    On Better Design, User Experience and Why It Matters

    What is the return-on-investment of building better User Experiences (UX)?

    How does User Interface (UI) design affect your business?

    Come join the discussion on why User Experience matters and how it applies to the real world. In the current world of web 2.0 and with talk of design being important, help us understand why it matters to you and what we get out of good User Interface design. Let’s talk about the technologies on the web and on the desktop that do and don’t support the development of well designed applications, and how we can apply better practices to our own projects. Equally important, let’s discuss how we can bridge the typical gap in cross discipline team dynamics. Tell us about your secret sauce or just listen to what others have to say. From great enabling technologies like Silverlight to tried and true web development in Flash, everyone has a story to tell about UI and design in the UX World.

    Come join the fun with David at Interact.


    Date: Wednesday, Dec 16th, 2009
    Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm PAC
    Bellevue Place
    10500 NE 8th St.
    Bellevue, WA 98004


    Attendence: Always Free.
    Parking: Free.

    Are you on LinkedIn and planning to attend?  Well let us know.


    WOW! This will be fun!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Bytes by MSDN – PDC Edition, now Live!


    “Bytes by MSDN:  Live from PDC 09” goes LIVE!

    Our first “Bytes by MSDN” interview is now live on MSDN – Check out Scott Guthrie as he gives Tim Huckaby an overview of the announcements he presented at PDC.  We’ve also posted the rollout schedule for all 22 interviews on the Bytes by MSDN homepage.   Take a look at the line-up of interviewees…quite a cast! 

    Enjoy these scrumptious bytes! And, also let us know whom else we should go ‘byting’ :)

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Watch PDC Unfold Live – Courtesy CH9!



    For those of you not at PDC that want to keep up-to-date with the announcements, we’re covering PDC live for 20+ hours over the next three days!

    We have an all-star lineup of guests including Mark Russinovich, Patrick Dussud, Steve Marx, Bob Muglia, Dave Campbell, Yousef Khalidi, Ray Ozzie, Erik Meijer, Kurt DelBene, Scott Guthrie, Don Box, Chris Anderson, Gary Flake, Carl Franklin & Richard Campbell (.NET Rocks).

    · To watch, go to www.microsoftpdc.com

    · To participate, send a tweet to @ch9live

    Gotta love geekdom!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Watch the Underground @ PDC Live on your computer…




    Can't Make it to PDC but still wanted to join in the fun? The online versoin of The Underground@PDC party is the event for you. We will be streaming the event live at http://undergroundAtPDC.com

    Don't miss presentations by Scott Gu and others LIVE online.


    ***If you are in the SoCal area follow @UndergroundPDC on twitter, where we will be tweeting a few RSVP codes to get you into the in-person event

    *** Event Details
    See the future of Developer Technology at The Underground @ PDC 2009, sponsored by INETA, Microsoft and local Southern California partners.
    The Underground will showcase the vision and roadmap of Microsoft’s Developer Platform and highlight newly released technical strategy & announcements direct from The Professional Developers Conference by Microsoft leaders and local community luminaries. Located at the world famous Conga Room in the new downtown Los Angeles’ entertainment district – L.A. LIVE

    This is going to be one heck of a partaaay!!


    -Mithun Dhar

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