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  • Blog Post: NEW Government Developer website - LAUNCHED!

    I am pleased to announce the launch of our new website that provides information and resources for developers that work either directly or indirectly for the U.S. Federal, State and local governments. The site can be accessed at: http://www.microsoft.com/industry/government/developer/default.aspx ...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio MythWeek!!

    We are celebrating Visual Studio Myth Week from June 2-6. Are you curious to find out what it is all about? Please stop by during/after the week at http://www.mythweek.com to learn more. We hope you can join us. -Nandita
  • Blog Post: Free Download: Updated Visual Studio 2005 tools for SharePoint Development

    Microsoft has released version 1.1 of the Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0! These are the tools that you use to build web parts, site definitions, etc. I don't find myself in Visual Studio 2005 as much these days, because I use Visual Studio 2008 as my primary development...
  • Blog Post: Free Download: ASP.NET and HTML Spell Checker add-on for Visual Studio 2005/2008

    I just came upon a great little add-on for Visual Studio 2005/2008 by Mikhail Arkhipov.  It's a spell checker for ASP.NET and HTML pages, meaning that it's smart enough to ignore the script and focus on the text for spell checking.  I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I thought that I...
  • Blog Post: Get a Free Copy of Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System by Sam Guckenheimer

    Offer good while supplies last, so don't dawdle. This is a great resource that explains the design philosophy behind VSTS. http://www.microsoft.com/click/usapo/usdev/meet-milestones/default.mspx The link to the book offer is at the end of the second paragraph. This is a must read book. Take advantage...
  • Blog Post: How to: Creating Code Snippets for Visual Studio 2005/2008

    Code Snippets was one of my favorite "new features" in Visual Studio 2005 and has continued to be in Visual Studio 2008.  If you've never used them, what they are (simple explanation) is a macro-capability built into the Visual Studio IDE.  They allow you to type single/multiple key...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference - Tampa, FL - December 12, 2007

    On behalf of Microsoft Corporation, I am pleased to invite you to the Public Sector Developer Conference in Tampa, FL to be held on December 12, 2007. Please read on for the agenda and details of the conference. ACTION REQUESTED: Please register today as space is limited!!! Conference Title...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference - Fort Lauderdale, FL - December 13, 2007

    On behalf of Microsoft Corporation, I am pleased to invite you to the Public Sector Developer Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL to be held on December 13, 2007. Please read on for the agenda and details of the conference. ACTION REQUESTED: Please register today as space is limited!!! Conference...
  • Blog Post: The Visual Studio "Tip of the day" RSS Feed

    If you are like me, you have subscriptions to all kinds of RSS/Email Feeds, including (hopefully) the feed to this blog.  Some of the feeds are more useful than others, but rarely do I find one that will give me something useful everyday .  Then I found this little dandy of a feed: The Visual...
  • Blog Post: Free Training: Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio Team System

    Where: Microsoft Corporation 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Suite 500 Washington, DC  20015 When: November 28, 2007 (09:30 – 15:00 ) Registration Link: Click here Exclusive Invitation – Space is Limited – Register Now! Microsoft and Adventos invite you to join us for a day of technical...
  • Blog Post: YOU ARE INVITED!!! Visit the Microsoft booth at the Public Sector Government WebExpo & Conference

    You’re invited to visit the Microsoft booth at the Public Services Government WebExpo & Conference. Venue: Internet (It’s a virtual conference) Date: Wednesday, November 14 th , 2007 Time: 9 AM – 5 PM EST ( Come and leave per your schedule ) The theme of the Microsoft booth is...
  • Blog Post: Free Workshops - Integrating Workflow into your .NET Applications workshop has been moved!

    I've recently had to change the workshop series on Integrating Workflow into your .NET Applications for .NET 3.0 download location. They are still freely downloadable. This series of workshops are filled with: Step-by-Step examples Screen shots of almost every step that I take (so that you'll never get...
  • Blog Post: Free Workshop: SOA Development with Windows Communications Foundation (.NET 3.0) has been moved!

    I've recently had to change the workshop series on Service Oriented Application (SOA) Development with WCF for .NET 3.0 workshops download location. They are still freely downloadable. This series of workshops are filled with: Step-by-Step examples Screen shots of almost every step that I take (so that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference - Austin, TX November 14 2007

    I am pleased to announce the agenda and details for the Public Sector Developer Conference in Austin, TX to be held on November 14, 2007. ACTION REQUESTED: Please register today as space is limited!!! Conference Title: Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference Event Date & Time...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Outlook Integration with .NET

    I found this great article by Rachel Wireman and how-to documentation on building Outlook integration functionality with C#, and it has downloadable source code. She covers, General Outlook integration issues Creating an Outlook Contact with C# Programmatically sending emails to your Outlook contacts...
  • Blog Post: Free SharePoint Document Workflow Workshop - Part 4 on Workflow Task

    The fourth and most likely final (they take a lot of time to write) part of this workshop series tackles one of the most common questions that I run into with SharePoint developers. The question revolves around creating, sending (via email), and handling tasks within SharePoint. In this workshop, I build...
  • Blog Post: Free Download: Visual Basic (.NET) 2005 Power Packs 2.0

    Last week Microsoft released version 2.0 of the Visual Basic (.NET) Power Pack, and is freely downloadable here: Click to go to download . Here's an overview of what's in it: Overview The new Line and Shape controls included in this version of the Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are a set of three graphical...
  • Blog Post: Free Workshop: SharePoint Document Workflow for Developers - Part 1

    I have written and will start releasing this week, a series of Workshops on "How to build document workflow for SharePoint with Visual Studio." I will release them via my blog ( www.sheltonblog.com ), see below for details. This series of workshops are filled with: Step-by-Step examples Screen...
  • Blog Post: How to get a free copy of Visual Studio 2005 (VB.NET)

    Microsoft is offering a "free copy" of Visual Studio 2005 Standard, an estimated retail value of $299.00. Well, it's almost free, you have to register and watch two FREE VB.NET Lab Cast. Not a bad deal: You can learn something and get a free copy of Visual Studio at the same time. Here are some of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector Released

    We are pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector which is available at http://www.codeplex.com/pstfsconnector . The Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - Project Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management...
  • Blog Post: Building Add-Ins for Windows Live Messenger

    Messenger Apps have evolved into a full-blown platform for communication. We see messenger-aware applications everywhere. We have also seen specific application of messenger technology for Customer Service integration. So we have seen messenger invading other apps. How about the reverse? Extending Live...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Schedule for May 2007

    Register today for our upcoming webcasts! DATE TIME LOCATION TITLE AND REGISTRATION LINK PRESENTER S TARGET AUDIENCE May 4, 2007 11:00 -12:30 EST Webcast Visual Studio Tools for Office - Creating Office Document Solutions ...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading from ASP.NET 1.1 to ASP.NET 2.0 + AJAX

    I'm trying to get back into the habit of answering customer questions via the blog so all of you get the benefit of the answer. Here's a question which showed up in my mailbox recently: "I have a very large project in ASP.NET 1.1. If I upgrade the server to ASP.NET 2.0 with AJAX, will the project possibly...
  • Blog Post: In thy face I see the map of honor, truth, and loyalty (and VS Dev tools)

    While I don't frequently suggest people study my face, I do suggest that antsy developers interested in discovering what's around the bend take a look at our Visual Studio developer tools roadmap at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/teamsystem/bb407307.aspx Ton's of cool stuff pending in the Orcas...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector Developer Conference - Los Angeles, CA April 11 2007

    I am pleased to announce the agenda and details for the Public Sector Developer Conference in Los Angeles , CA to be held on April 11, 2007. Event Date & Time : April 11, 2007 , 9:00 – 16:00 Event Location Microsoft Los Angeles Office 333 S Grand Avenue, Suite 3300 , Los Angeles CA...
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