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January, 2011

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    Holy Accelerated Training, Batman!

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    Hey Denver!  Our friends at IT Boot Camps have two sets of accelerated trainings coming up that you will want to check out.  This is just a subset of courses offered, ones that focus on developers. 

    imageTeam Foundation Server 2010 Administration

    This 2-day accelerated program covers all the material that targets achieving the MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration certification (Exam 70-512).

    This program is designed for knowledge and skills on installing, configuring and maintaining Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server.  It is intended for candidates who install, configure, and manage a Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 implementation. Candidates typically work in an enterprise development organization that provides process automation services by using TFS.

    This $950 course (even cheaper if you belong to one of the local user groups!) includes:

    The currently-scheduled dates for this training are: February 17 – 18 and March 17 - 18

    For more information, visit the course’s home page on IT Boot Camp’s site, or email info@itbootcamps.com.

    imageVisual Studio Boot Camps

    Visual Studio, and .NET development in general is a broad and deep topic.  IT Boot Camps is providing four separate curriculums in this area:

    Visual Studio Windows Applications 2010
    Date(s):

    March 7 - 9
    May 2 - 5

    Price: $1,495*

    Exam Targeted:  70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

    Course Material:  10262A: Developing Windows Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

    Curriculum:

    1. Windows Client Application Design
    2. Introduction to Visual Studio 2010 and WPF
    3. Designing and Developing a User Interface
    4. Taking Control of the User Interface
    5. Testing, Unit Testing and Debugging
    6. Sample Data Binding and Validation
    7. Data Binding to Collections
    8. Enhancing UI Responsiveness
    9. Integrating Localization and User Assistance Features
    10. WPF 2D Graphics, Multimedia and Printing
    11. Control Customization
    12. Attached Properties and Behaviors in WPF
    13. Animations in WPF
    14. Application State, Settings and Lifecycle
    15. Configure and Deploy Windows Client Applications
    Visual Studio Web Applications 2010
    Date(s):

    March 10 - 12
    May 5 - 7

    Price: $1,495*

    Exam Targeted:  70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

    Course Material:  10264A: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

    Curriculum:

    1. Designing a Web Application
    2. Developing MVC Models
    3. Developing MVC Controllers
    4. Developing MVC Views
    5. Designing for Discoverability
    6. Writing Server-Side Code for Web  Forms
    7. Optimizing Data Management for Web Forms
    8. Ensuring Quality by Debugging, Unit Testing, and Refactoring
    9. Securing a Web Application
    10. Applying Master Pages and CSSs
    11. Developing Client-Side Scripts and Services
    12. Advanced AJAX in a Web Application
    13. Deploying a Web Application
    Visual Studio Service Communications 2010
    Date(s):

    March 14 - 15
    May 9 - 10

    Price: $950*

    Exam Targeted:  70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

    Course Material:  10263A: Developing Windows Communication Foundation Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

    Curriculum:

    1. Service Oriented Architecture
    2. Getting Started with WCF Development
    3. Hosting WCF Services
    4. Defining and Implementing WCF Contracts
    5. Endpoints and Behaviors
    6. Testing and Troubleshooting
    7. Security
    8. Advanced Topics
    Visual Studio Data Access 2010
    Date(s):

    March 16 - 18
    May 11 - 13

    Price: $1,195*

    Exam Targeted:  70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

    Course Material:  10265A: Developing Data Access Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

    Curriculum:

    1. Designing a Web Application
    2. Developing MVC Models
    3. Developing MVC Controllers
    4. Developing MVC Views
    5. Designing for Discoverability
    6. Writing Server-Side Code for Web  Forms
    7. Optimizing Data Management for Web Forms
    8. Ensuring Quality by Debugging, Unit Testing, and Refactoring
    9. Securing a Web Application
    10. Applying Master Pages and CSSs
    11. Developing Client-Side Scripts and Services
    12. Advanced AJAX in a Web Application
    13. Deploying a Web Application

     

    Additional Great Opportunities

    IT Boot Camps has courses covering a wide range of topics, but here are a couple more developer-focused ones you may want to look at:

    Silverlight 4: Application Development
    Date(s):

    March 28 -31

    Price: $1,895*

    Exam Targeted:  70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development

    Course Material: 

    • 10553A: Fundamentals of XAML and Expression Blend
    • 10554A: Developing Rich Internet Applications using Microsoft Silverlight 4

    This accelerated program will take 8 days of information and offer it in a 4 day format.  Candidates for this program are developers who create and maintain rich interactive applications (RIA) using Silverlight 4.  Candidates may have additional experience with previous Silverlight versions.

    Windows Azure Professional Developer
    Date(s):

    June 13 - 14

    Price: $950*

    This class is designed for .NET developers with Web application experience that are exploring developing new applications or porting existing applications to Windows Azure.

    After completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand cloud computing in its various forms and how Windows Azure fits in the cloud computing space.
    • Learn why organizations want to run applications in the Azure cloud.
    • Understand the architecture of Azure.
    • Explore the Azure SDK and DevFabric development environment.
    • See how to develop applications for Azure and how that varies from "normal" .NET application development.
    • Write and deploy a ASP.NET Web application (Web Role) to Azure.
    • Explore Azure storage capability.
    • Learn how to create and deploy background computational applications (Worker Role) in Azure.
    • Explore SQL Azure capability.

    * Remember that there are discounts for user group members!

    WHEW!  Don’t know where to start?  Contact IT Boot Camps for more information.

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    Steve’s Development Tools Newsletter – January 2011

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    Visual Studio 2010I receive a lot of email each week from you asking very specific, and valuable questions.  It’s my hope that a newsletter like this will help me communicate important announcements, tips/tricks, and other items to help you and your team ultimately be more successful!  Whenever I post a new newsletter, I will send email notifications to those of you who would like to be contacted.  If you don’t want to receive email notifications, just let me know!

    Announcements

    First of all, Happy New Year!  I hope everyone enjoyed there holidays, and that the chaos of work allowed you to do so!

    We have a new member on our team!  Michael Palermo (http://www.palermo4.com/) is our newest Developer Evangelist based in Phoenix.  I encourage you to say hello the next time you see him at a local event.

    When you get a chance, check out Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta.  It includes all sorts of cool stuff like Unit Testing against .NET 3.5, SharePoint, IIS Express, etc.

    There’s a new book out covering the Build engine in 2010.  Take a look on Amazon here.

    Have you confused yourself when trying to customize a build in TFS 2010?  The new TFS Build Activities reference on MSDN should help!

    Events & Training

    There are still seats available for the remaining Build & Brew events around the West!  Contact me if you’d like an invitation!  Remaining venues/dates are:

    Date

    City Venue
    1/20 San Diego, CA Karl Strauss Brewing
    1/27 Portland, OR MacTarnahan’s Taproom
    1/31 Bellevue, WA Rock Bottom Brewery
    2/8 Los Angeles, CA MSFT Office/Bonaventure Brewery
    2/9 Costa Mesa, CA Karl Strauss Brewing
    3/3 Sunnyvale, CA Firehouse Grill & Brewery
    3/10 San Francisco, CA Thirsty Bear Brewing

    The Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta is back for V3.0 on Saturday, March 5th!  Check out the website and register to go – oh, and it’s FREE!

    This month’s Denver VS UG’s meeting features our own Ricardo Villalobos presenting, “Designing, Building, and Deploying Windows Azure Applications using Visual Studio 2010".  Don’t miss it!

    Final Thoughts

    December was a little slower due to the holidays, so there’s not as much to report in this current installment of the newsletter.  Send me your questions and ideas for February’s!

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    Upcoming Visual Studio 2010 ALM Roadshows (FREE)

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    Using the Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools to Improve Your Software Lifecycle Management

    Live Roadshow!

    Come join Microsoft and Notion Solutions as we present the latest tools and techniques for managing your software process to attain quality software using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools provided with this release.  These new tools provide significant value beyond what is available with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008.

    This roadshow covers the following topics:

    Overview of Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools for Managing Your Software Lifecycle

    (9:00-11:00am)

    This is an overview of Visual Studio 2010 and ALM tools and highlights the difference between Visual Studio Team System 2005/2008 and the new Visual Studio 2010, including the new Team Foundation Server features, the new modeling and debugging tools, as well as the latest in capabilities for managing and performing testing.

    Using Team Foundation Server 2010 for Non-Windows Development

    (11:00-12:00pm)

    This is an overview of the best practices for utilizing Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere for development activities beyond Microsoft and the Windows platform. This presentation will shows development teams using mixed and non-Microsoft platforms how to effectively leverage TFS 2010 to adopt work item tracking, version control, and automated build and test technologies.

    Improving Software Quality with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Test & Lab Tools

    (1:00-3:30pm)

    This is an overview of the Visual Studio 2010 and the Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 testing tools, including using the new Microsoft Test Manager 2010 to manage your testing and using test automation to automate your UI testing. The use of Microsoft Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 will be discussed as a means of automating the creation of virtual environments for testing purposes. See how the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 testing and lab tools can help streamlining your entire testing lifecycle.

    Summary and Q&A

    (3:30-4:00pm)

    TIME:   9:00 am-4:00 pm (local time)

     

    March 9, 2011

    Microsoft Corporation

    Dallas/Irving, TX

    To register, click here!

    March 10, 2011

    Microsoft Corporation

    Austin, TX

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    March 15, 2011

    Microsoft Corporation

    Denver, CO

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    March 17, 2011

    Microsoft Corporation

    Los Angeles, CA

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    March 23, 2011

    Microsoft Corporation

    Houston, TX

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    March 30, 2011

    Microsoft Corporation

    Waltham, MA

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    April 6, 2011

    Microsoft Corporation

    Chicago, IL

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    April 27, 2011

    Microsoft Corporation

    Bloomington, MN

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    For questions or more information, please feel free to contact us at info@notionsolutions.com or by calling 972-607-4830

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