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Welcome!  Let me introduce myself.  My name is Ron Cundiff, and I am a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft.  I travel throughout the central part of the US sharing my passion and knowledge of Microsoft technologies by delivering FREE MSDN Events to application developers and other IT professionals.  These technical events are packed with demos, sample code, and other information that help software developers and architects build applications using our technologies.  I also deliver technical presentations at user group meetings, product launches, webcasts, and other industry conferences.

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    Microsoft Photo Info Released

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    Here's another cool utility that's been released recently, aimed at digital photography buffs (like me). It's an add-in for Windows that allows you to easily modify the "metadata" for digital photographs from directly within Windows Explorer. I love it...
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    Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista Released

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    If you're running Windows Vista, and have a Windows Mobile 2003 (or later) device, then you'll want to download and use the new Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista . This is a very cool utility for synchronizing your device, and includes...
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    Visual Basic.NET Soup to Nuts Webcast Series, Part 1: Introduction, Wrap-up

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    Thanks to everyone that attended the first session in my new webcast series, VB.NET Soup to Nuts . Here are some resources for this webcast: View the on-demand video of this webcast (available 24 – 48 hours after the conclusion of the webcast...
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    Visual Basic.NET Soup to Nuts Webcast Series Begins Today

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    Ah, the waiting is always the hardest part, and today it's finally over…for the VB.NET Soup to Nuts Webcast Series , that is! Today I'll deliver Part 1 of this 22-part series on Visual Basic.NET. In today's session, I will introduce you to what Visual...
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    DinnerNow Sample Application Released

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    One of the sample applications we've been showing in the Developer Track at the Windows Vista / Office 2007 Launch events is the DinnerNow sample . Of course, with the limited time, we can only show the highlights of this great sample application. But...
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    .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Vista Development Resources

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    I've had a lot of questions relating to finding more information and samples for developing applications for the .NET Framework 3.0, and / or Windows Vista, so I've decided to list some resources that may help. Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list...
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    The New York Times Reader

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    Another application that I've been demonstrating at the Vista / Office 2007 launch events is the NYTimes Reader. This is a very cool app written with WPF that will change the way you read news online. Check it out here . Note: free registration to NYTimes...
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    Upcoming Webcasts

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    I've got some cool webcasts coming up that may interest some of you. First, I need to announce my new webcast series, Visual Basic .NET Soup To Nuts (note: we just got the domain name, so it may take 24 – 48 hours for the link to go live; until then...
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    Ready For a New Day

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    Somehow, the tag line for the Vista / Office 2007 Launch Tour seems appropriate as I write this blog post. I kind of gave up on this blog a while back, and began focusing on other stuff. But after being asked by several of you, I've decided to resurrect...
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    MSDN Events: Spring Program 2005

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    It's that time again. Another series of MSDN Events coming to a location near you. This time around, we're talking about Web Services, SQL Server 2005, and ClickOnce deployment in Visual Studio 2005. The first stops for our area are Memphis (4/12) and...
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    Which Webcasts Would You Download?

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    Have you ever wondered how to download the MSDN Webcasts ? I’ve been asked this before at events, but wasn’t sure the answer. It can be embarrassing to stand in front of a crowd of folks and say “I don’t know.” But not too long ago, I did just that when...
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    patterns & practices: This stuff rocks!

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    I’m sure you already know about patterns & practices . I always take the time to tell folks about these awesome resources. Want to know the options for authenticating users in an ASP.NET app? Find it here . Want to know how to implement caching within...
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    A Short Hiatus

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    I neglected to mention in my last post: I won’t be doing the MSDN Events for awhile. And no, I didn’t get in trouble. Um…right, Paul ? Don’t worry: we’re not canceling the events! I’m just coming off the road for a bit. My teammates will be filling in...
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    The Next MSDN Event Resource DVD

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    Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be finalizing the next MSDN Event Resource DVD-ROM. If you’ve attended a MSDN Event lately, I’m interested to hear what you thought of the DVD you received at the event (the DVD is only available when you attend an event...
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    Where Are The Technical Posts?

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    Let’s try something different. I’ve added a “Technical” category of posts to this blog. Maybe this will give me something to write about…. I got this idea from a recent webcast I did, MSDN Webcast: Consuming Web Services With Style Using Script (Level...
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    Building, Testing, and Consuming a Web Service Using Visual Studio .NET

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    Why Should I Care About Web Services? Web Services. By now, I’m sure you’ve written some. Or at least one. If not, you should. Why? Aside from the fact that you’re a software developer and it looks really good on a resume, web services can offer a wide...
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    Definitely A Different Week...

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    Last week was certainly an interesting week. It didn’t really start out much different than other weeks, with me driving toward Kansas City on Monday . Of course, I did have to drive slightly faster than the speed limit to make it into town just in time...
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    MSDN Events Winter 05

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    This blog has obviously been neglected, so let’s see if we can nurture it back to health. It’s not that there hasn’t been anything exciting happening lately. I just have found it difficult to make time for updating this blog. But I’m going to try to focus...
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    FREE MSDN Events: New Topics

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    Next week I begin delivering MSDN Events covering 4 new topics. Here are the topics we’ll be covering in our live events through December: Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals in VB.NET Visual Basic ® .NET brings the full power of Object Oriented...
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    August - September References

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    InfoPath InfoPath 2003 Home Page (where you can download SP1 and the InfoPath Toolkit) http://office.microsoft.com/infopath InfoPath 2003 Training (16 walkthroughs to jumpstart your InfoPath skills) http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/odc_2003_ta...
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    August - September

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    This demo-packed event will offer valuable insight into current and future aspects of .NET development! You'll get a sneak peek at what's coming in ASP.NET 2.0! InfoPath with VS.NET: Experience the flexibility of XML data-sharing with Microsoft Office...
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    Welcome!

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    Welcome! I’ve been meaning to get this blog started for awhile, so here goes…let me introduce myself. My name is Ron Cundiff, and I am the Developer Community Champion for Microsoft in the MidAmerica district, which consists of the states of Kansas ,...
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