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    A Computer Science Professor Who Has Inspired Millions of People in the World

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    According to MSNBC , Randy Pausch, a computer science professor who has inspired millions of people in the world through his "Last Lecture: Achiving Your Childhood Dreams" and a best-selling book, has died at a young age of 47. You can find the video...
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    RDA Architecture Team Blog

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    David Makogon is a co-lead for RDA’s Architecture Guidance evangelist team. According to him, they have just created a team blog at http://rdaarchitecture.blogspot.com . Check it out when you get a chance.
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    Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 Available

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    If you have a Windows Home Server, you may be interested to download the Power Pack 1 release (file size 22.5 MB). This release includes many improvements , including the following: • Support for home computers that are running Windows...
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    Dynamically Selecting Theme in Silverlight 2 Applications

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    Nikhik in his recent blog explains how to dynamically select a theme from multiple themes in Silverlight 2 applications, e.g. based on a user's profile. This improved feature addresses several shortcomings associated with the StaticResource approach....
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    Workflow Capabilities Available in BizTalk Services

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    The most exciting new capability that has been added to BizTalk Services R12 Release “R12” CTP is Workflow. These new cloud-based Workflow capabilities enable ‘service orchestration’ from the cloud. This specialized cloud-based, or hosted, Windows Workflow...
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    Porting Flash Code/Content to Silverlight?

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    One question I get asked a lot while talking about Silverlight is if there are Flash to Silverlight (currently in version 2 beta 2) conversion tools available. The quick answer is there are not many such tools in the market at present. But you can find...
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    Pittsburgh .NET User Group (Pgh.NET) Summer Slam VII

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    The 7th summer social event organized by Pittsburgh Technology Council is coming up this Thursday. See detail below. Developers, leave your code at the office; DBAs, forget Oracle and SQL for one night; CIOs, you can worry about the information technology...
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    What It's Like to Become a Microsoft Certified Architect

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    If you are interested to become an MCA, you may want to check out my interview posted at Channel9 with Biff Gaut who has earned his MCA title during the pilot phase of the MCA programs. During the interview he candidly shared his personal experience with...
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    Bill Will Be a Part-Time Employee at Microsoft After Today

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    The news that Bill Gates will be a part-time Microsoft employee is not really so new; it was announced two years ago and it has been everywhere. But it is hard to believe the day has really arrived. For Bill today is a new milestone in his career as he...
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    VBA Interoperability with Visual Studio 2008

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    A while ago I presented a session on developing Office based solutions at several Microsoft "Heros Happen Here" launch events in the Mid-Atlantic region. One topic I touched briefly was Visual Studio 2008's support for VBA via interoperability service...
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    How the Microsoft Architect Team at Redmond Thinks About Architecture

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    Check out this Channel9 video in which my colleague Bob Familiar interviewed at TechEd 2008 Simon Guest, who shared his thoughts on the industry, the architect community, and how Microsoft thinks about architecture.
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    Project Planning Seminar and Discussion at Reston MTC

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    Please join us for a discussion on June 27 th to talk about how to strategically plan for your software development projects; and how planning your project first makes development faster, more efficient, and more likely to provide results. Information...
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    Learn How to Upsize your Access Data to SQL Server at Reston MTC on 6/27/08

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    Microsoft and FMS are co-hosting a seminar for Microsoft Access to SQL Server Upsizing. It'll be a the Microsoft Reston office on June 27th. You can sign up for the free event at http://www.fmsinc.com/Consulting/event080627.aspx Agenda ...
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    TechFest -- Silverlight and Expression Content

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    Thanks to all of you who attended the TechFest event last week. You can download all three presentations at the link here. You can download some of the demos from the first session at the links below. I will post Mike's and Pete's demo codes once I receive...
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    Two Designer Tools Compatible with Silverlight 2 Beta 2

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    You can download two designer tools below to work with Silverlight 2 beta 2. Note that Expression Blend 2.5 can co-exist with Expression Blend 2 on the same computer. Install Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview This is a preview version of Expression...
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    Microsoft Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Has Arrived!

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    Silverlight 2 beta 2 includes many improved and new features: Visual Basic and C# Project templates Intellisense and code generators for XAML Debugging of Silverlight applications Web reference support WCF Templates Team Build and...
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    TechEd2008 in Orlando, Florida

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    TechEd 2008 has two tracks this year, one for Developers from 6/3-6 and one for IT Professionals from 6/10-13. You can find more info on the two events at http://www.microsoft.com/events/TechEd2008/default.mspx To view the live keynote delivered by...
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    Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) Is Open For Registration

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    Since 1991, the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has been Microsoft’s premier gathering of leading-edge developers and architects. This year, you’ll hear more details about our services platform, the future of Windows, mobility, and our next generation...
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    Programming for Windows Mobile at Reston June 12, 2008

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    Join us for a full day of programming for Windows Mobile. This session is geared towards familiarizing the attendee with developing smart clients using the .NET Compact Framework 3.5 on Windows Mobile 6.x. Labs will be by demo only (not hands on), and...
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    Windows 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL 2008 Launch Events in Richmond VA and Baltimore MD

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    The Richmond event and the Baltimore event will celebrate the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. The event will bring together IT Pros and Developers to get an in-depth, up-close look at the new products and will give...
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    Programming for Windows Mobile Event at Malvern PA, May 22, 2008

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    Join us for a full day of programming for Windows Mobile. This session is geared towards familiarizing the attendee with developing smart clients using the .NET Compact Framework 3.5 on Windows Mobile 6.x. Labs will be by demo only (not hands on), and...
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    Microsoft TechFest – Building Rich Interactive Web Applications with Silverlight and Expression

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    You are cordially invited to join us in a full-day event for developers and designers. Our first TechFest series will focus on how to use Microsoft latest web design and development technologies and tools such as Silverlight, ASP.NET AJAX, and Expression...
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    Heres Happen Here Launch Event at Reston/Vienna on May 13th

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    The Reston event will celebrate the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. The event will bring together IT Pros and Developers to get an in-depth, up-close look at the new products and will give attendees an opportunity...
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    Uploading Files Directly to Silverlight Streaming Site - An Update

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    In one previous blog I discussed about uploading applications or video asset files to a Silverlight Streaming site (SLS for short). Well, there is a third way of uploading Silverlight XAP files created with Silverlight 2.0 (currently in Beta 1.0). You...
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    IASA Conference in NYC on May 22-23

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    An IT Architect Regional Conference will be held in New York on May 22-23 at Microsoft. This non-Microsoft conference will feature keynote speakers like Joseph Williams from Microsoft, Grady Booch from IBM and David Chappell from Oracle. It also features...
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