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    Windows Azure -- Microsoft's Cloud Computing Platform and Services

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    This week at the Professional Developer Conference Microsoft announced the new cloud operating system "Windows Azure". You can find much more details at the Windows Azure site. My colleagure Anand Iyer wrote a nice blog about Windows Azure and included...
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    MSDN Developer Conference (MDC) in DC, Jan. 16, 2009

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    MSDN Developer Conference is a local version of the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference. This one-day event has three tracks, with 4 sessions in each track. To find the details, visit the MDC site and register today. Experience Microsoft...
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    Live Services Jumpstart 2009 in DC, Nov 13, 2008 - Nov 14, 2008

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    Join us at the Live Services Jumpstart event in a city nearest to you to explore the full breadth of the consumer components of the Microsoft ‘Software + Services’ Services – Live Services – in several in-depth technical sessions, hands-on code labs and...
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    How to Build Facebook Applications with Silverlight 2

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    Pete Brown has put together a two-part series on how to create Facebook Silverlight applications. You can find details at Part I & Part II .
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    SharePoint 2007 Best Practices Seminar Series at Reston, VA

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    Join RDA for a complimentary 1/2-day seminar that will feature: An overview of best practices utilizing the MOSS 2007 platform Proven tips on deployment and customization A discussion of server set-up to optimize performance ...
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    MSDN Mid Atlantic Roadshow at Hampton Roads, VA on 11/20/08

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    Microsoft invites you to attend: MSDN Mid Atlantic Roadshow Creating Web Applications with Microsoft Web Technologies MSDN Roadshow is a series of local Microsoft MSDN events for developers, architects and to some extent designers and database...
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    ASP.NET MVC Beta Released!

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    ASP.NET MVC Beta has just been released and it comes with a Go-Live license that allows you to deploy ASP.NET MVC applications in production environments. Scott Guthrie and Phil Haack have put out two excellent blogs, explaining new features and improvements...
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    Get cashback from Microsoft Live Search!

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    Microsoft announced the Live Search Cashback program back in May 2008, and I realized a $200 saving from the program last night when I used Microsoft Live search and purchased an item from eBay using PayPal. All I had to do was search for an item that...
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    BarCamps in the Mid-Atlantic Region

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    The Washington DC's BarCamp recently held an event, or "unconference" as it is called by attendees. Kim Hart of Wahstington Post wrote an article " Twittering Types Share Ideas Offline " about the event: "About 120 self-described geeks got together...
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    Grady Booch on Software Archcitecture

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    IEEE Software is delighted to introduce a new regular podcast by Grady Booch. Grady has recorded all of his On Architecture columns from IEEE Software. The recordings are available at http://www2.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/onarchitecture ...
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    Silverlight 2 is officially released to web!

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    Download the latest version of Silverlight 2 RTW (2.0.31005.0) at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/ You can find additional detail on Silverlight and what's new in Silverlight 2 from Tim Heuer's blog and debugging Silverlight applications on Mac from...
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    jQuery, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC

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    Good news for javascript fans. Microsoft has recently announced that it is going to make jQuery part of its official devevelopment platform. That is, JQuery will come with Visual Studio in the long term, and in the short term it'll ship with ASP.NET MVC...
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    Join us for a 3-day TechDays event in the DC area, Oct. 28-30, 2008

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    If technology is the backbone of your business, you won't want to miss out on the TechDays '08 event in Washington DC. Filled with exclusive product information presented by insider experts, TechDays '08 will show developers, IT professionals, IT executives...
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    Microsoft's .NET framework on Linux, Mono 2.0, Released

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    Novell's Mono 2.0, an implementation of the .NET framework on Linux, has just been released. According to the Mono project leader Miguel de Icaza , the latest release supports most used .NET features, thus leaving some features including WPF unsupported...
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    Silverlight 2 RC0 Is Released!

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    You can find the latest info on Silverlight 2 RC0 at http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/sl2rc0.aspx An important note: you can only use the RC for development right now - you can't go live with the new APIs until the final release is shipped (which...
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    Microsoft Invites You to the MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow at Roanoke VA and Baltimore MD

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    8:30-9:00 Registration and Welcome 9:00-10:15 Web Development Basics 10:15-10:30 Morning Break 10:30-11:45 What's New in the .NET 3.5 Framework for Web Developers and Intro to ASP.NET MVC 11:45-12:30 Lunch Break 12:30-1:45 AJAX Development...
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    How to Create Silverlight Business Application

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    One of my local influentials Manish Dalal has recently blogged about how to build a business application using Silverlight. He documented in detail how to add, delete and synchronize items in a data driven application. While Silverlight has been widely...
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    Internet Explorer (IE) 8 Beta 2

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    IE8 Beta 2 is available for download. To get a feel for the new IE8 experience, check out the videos here . D ownload the product, and try it out.
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    ASP.NET MVC Preview 5 Just Released

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    This ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5 is an interim release that contains some new features and some feature improvements. Note: Before you run the ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5 installer, be sure to uninstall any earlier previews of ASP.NET MVC that you...
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    Are Organizations Adopting Technologies Fast Enough?

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    Companies are adopting technologies at a much slower rate than that of technical changes, according to a recent video interview of Juval Lowy with Builder AU . Mr. Lowy points out that most organizations do not realize that they need a visual designer...
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    Measuring Experience - A Presentation by John Whalen in Washington DC, August 19, 2008

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    How is user experience being measured today and what is on the horizon? Join John Whalen, Director of User Experience at e.magination, on August 19 th and learn how you can move from routine usability testing to cutting edge user experience measurement...
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    Philadelphia IT Architect Regional Conference, Sept. 23-24, 2008

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    The IT Architect Regional Conference by IASA is the largest event in the Philadelphia area to address the pressing needs of IT architects today. There are over 15 seminars and two tracks separated by specialty: Enterprise and Software Architecture. Architects...
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    .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Released!

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    I just downloaded the full package of .NET 3.5 SP1 (231 MB) and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 , and installed them on my Vista machine. It took about 16 minutes to install .NET 3.5 SP1, and the setup required a restart. It took much longer time to install VS...
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    ARCast.TV - Greg Galipeau on ASP.NET MVC

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    In this interview, Greg Galipeau of RDA discusses with me three different patterns -- MVC, MVP and ASP.NET MVC . He articulates the advantages and disadvantages inherent in each pattern, and explains when to use one versus another when creating Windows...
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    NBC Will Stream Beijing Olympics Using Microsoft Silverlight Technology

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    A CNET article provides some interesting detail on how NBC will use Microsoft Silverlight Technology to stream live video contents from Beijing Olymic Games to your PCs through Limelight Networks and ISPs. You can view some videos now at http://www.nbcolympics...
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