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  • Blog Post: Developer Virtual Labs

    This is a good list of links for developer virtual labs (which let you try the software in a remotely hosted virtual machine) we have these sort of labs hosted at TechEd and are regularly asked how to get access to them: ASP.NET 2.0 ASP.NET BizTalk Server Commerce Server Connected Systems Data Access...
  • Blog Post: Prioritize Learning about LINQ

    I 've had a few days off over the last week (I've recently become a dad). During that time I have popped onto the PC a few times and caught up on some stuff. One thing I'd not invested enough time in was LINQ - I was at the PDC when we announced this stuff and saw it in the keynote and went to Anders...
  • Blog Post: The DLR is Announced

    More announcements from MIX this time around the Dynamic language Runtime. The blog to read is: http://blogs.msdn.com/hugunin/ This is awesome innovation in our .NET Framework to reach out to less strongly typed/dynamicly typed languages.
  • Blog Post: Getting Started: SQL Express Videos

    These are so helpful for the developer who is getting started. SQL Express is a great product - I saw a good demo on Visual Studio Team System - Database Profeshional last week and that also works againt SQL Express as the back-end. SQL Express is no toy, the only limitation of significance is the 4Gb...
  • Blog Post: NZ VSTS Developer Competition - $100K in prizes

    We are giving away lots of software to people who enter our VSTS competition – around $100K of it in fact! All you need to do is generate a few good ideas an play with the VS2005 and Visual Studio Team System betas. You then write it up and share what you were able to do for you or your organizations...
  • Blog Post: Clinic 2806: Microsoft Security Guidance Training for Developers

    Michael Howard used to work for MSNZ and he has a good post on his Blog about some new security focused content for developers I’d suggest taking a look if you have the time.
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC – get it, it rocks!

    I simply could not even start to get ready for the demo’s on Monday without the help of Virtual PC (and if I keep bogging I won’t get them done in any case J ). What is Virtual PC: it allows you to run up another instance of a PC on your desktop in a window much like it was an application. This PC for...
  • Blog Post: Can I make the products work?

    On Monday I’m doing a set of presentations (across two hours) to a customer on several of our products. Specifically: Visual Studio 2005 IDE Visual Studio Team system ASP .NET 2.0 SQL Server Reporting Services Mobile development in VS2005 BizTalk 2004 Some of these I’m getting a little help with. But...
  • Blog Post: Just starting out with .NET – ‘What about beginners’

    A customer sent me this mail recently: Hey Sean It's great getting the MSDN Flash every couple of weeks, but it'd be even better if there were more content aimed at beginner level people - us who are still just getting started in the industry. I've been doing web stuff for the last 4 years, but am only...
  • Blog Post: Software that’s Free… And helps you learn

    I've been asked recently about where to find some good sample apps. Their are a whole host of great applications that you can use in a hosted environment or just to learn about .NET – For instance: Some great examples are: www.asp.net/starterkits/ end-to-end best practice examples reviewed by the product...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash

    I've just finished the MSDN Flash that will be sent out to (4,500+) developers in NZ today. Covered in this edition of the flash: Patterns & Practices, MSN Search, Imagince Cup, User Group Update and NZ Events Update. Do you subscribe? If not you should join MSDN Connection to receive Flash and also...
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