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Announcing Availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 – Want Free Access?

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The new release of Visual Studio 2010 has plenty of compelling new features and updates that will make every developer more productive.

  • Visual Studio 2010 allows users target of the right platform for their application, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, SharePoint. Office, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone 7 applications using their existing skills.
  • Visual Studio 2010 is a rich, personalized development environment. We know that software developers spend much of their time in the IDE, and features like the new editor and multi-monitor support make your time in Visual Studio more productive and enjoyable.
  • Teams are able to work more efficiently using Application Lifecycle Management tools. We’ve done a great deal of work in Visual Studio 2010 to improve testing and debugging tools. Features like IntelliTrace and easy project management help your team ensure high quality.

Want free access to Visual Studio 2010 Pro, Expression Studio 3, Windows Server and more? Do you create websites for others – either full or part time?

Sign up for the WebsiteSpark Program and use this code: gTI7JHq51b

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April 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Want to be a More Productive Web Developer? Attend the Free 2-day Microsoft Web Camps!

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function WebCamps () {
   Day1.Learn();
   Day2.Build();
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WebCampsBannerAd300x250Interested in learning how new innovations in Microsoft’s Web Platform and developer tools like ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 can make you a more productive web developer? If you’re currently working with PHP, Ruby, ASP or older versions of ASP.NET and want to hear how you can create amazing websites more easily, then register for a Web Camp near you today!

Microsoft’s Web Camps are free, two-day events that allow you to learn and build on the Microsoft Web Platform. At camp, you will hear from Microsoft experts on the latest components of the platform, including ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Entity Framework, IIS, Visual Studio 2010 and much more.

Web Camps also provide the opportunity to get hands on with labs and get creative by building in teams. All this with Microsoft experts on hand to guide you through.

Space is limited so register now!

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April 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Windows Azure Sessions at MIX10

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Here’s a list of sessions using “cloud” tags, “Windows Azure Platform” tags and “Windows Azure” tags (there is a slight variance in what you pull up with each – I listed the sessions below using the “Windows Azure Platform” tag. I’ve also included a link to a very interesting session by James Hamilton

Cloud Computing Economies of Scale

James is VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services where he focuses on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling. Prior to AWS, James was architect on the Microsoft Data Center Futures team and, over the years, has held leadership roles on several high-scale services and products, including Exchange Hosted Services, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2. James loves all things server related and is interested in optimizing all components from data center power and cooling infrastructure, through server design, to the distributed software systems they host. He maintains a blog at http://perspectives.mvdirona.com.Monday 3:30 PM

Lap around the Windows Azure Platform

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The Windows Azure platform provides a comprehensive set of services for building and running scalable applications targeted at the cloud. In this session we go on a coding tour of the Windows Azure platform. On this tour, see how web applications can use the scalable compute and storage services with Windows Azure, secure connectivity with Service Bus and Access Control Service, and a relational database with Microsoft SQL Azure.

Building and Deploying Windows Azure-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

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Visual Studio makes it easy to quickly build web applications for the Windows Azure Platform by allowing you to leverage your existing skills as a .NET web developer. In this session, see how to use the new Visual Studio 2010 tools to build, debug, and deploy web applications that target the cloud. We use familiar technologies such as Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL Server and call out the key considerations when targeting the Windows Azure Platform. Whether you’re just getting started with Windows Azure or if you’re already a pro, in this session learn new tips and tricks for using the Visual Studio 2010 tools to accelerate the development of cloud applications.

Building Facebook Apps with Microsoft .NET and Deploying to Windows Azure

Jim Zimmerman in Lagoon F on Tuesday at 1:30 PM

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There are so many ways to develop Facebook apps now in .NET. Come and learn how to build Facebook applications with the Facebook Developer Toolkit. Walk through several real-world Facebook web apps in Microsoft ASP.NET and see how to best structure your app. Social media applications require dynamic scalability so a highly scalable computing infrastructure is mandatory to deliver a consistent user experience. Learn how to leverage all the components of Azure to meet the needs of successful viral applications.

Microsoft Project Code Name "Dallas": Data For Your Apps

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“Dallas” enables developers to consume premium commercial and public domain data to power consumer and business apps on any platform or device. Do you need mapping or government data? These datasets and many, many, many more are all available through “Dallas” with a simple and consistent REST-based APIs, simple terms of use, and a simple consumption-based billing model. In this session, you will see how “Dallas” removes the friction for accessing common datasets by enabling you to visually discover, explore, and purchase data of virtually any data type (images, real-time web services, databases, blobs, etc) provided by trusted partners from a single …

Building PHP Applications using the Windows Azure Platform

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The Windows Azure platform has been built from the ground up with interoperability in mind, supporting multiples languages and development tools to build applications which run on Windows Azure and/or integrate with other cloud platforms or on-premises components. Come learn how to run your PHP and MySQL applications on Windows Azure using open source tools & SDKs while taking advantage of new Windows Azure features. This session will cover developing for Windows Azure using PHP, deployment choices, patterns and practices in building & scaling PHP applications using cross platform open source SDKs using a choice of development tools, including command-line tools and Eclipse.

Using Storage in the Windows Azure Platform

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Building big web apps requires unique approaches to storing data. In this session we share hard-won lessons from Azure early adopters on how they’ve combined Microsoft SQL Azure and Windows Azure Storage to handle typical storage needs in the cloud. We discuss sharding and data partitioning approaches and how these can impact transaction throughput in SQL Azure as well as techniques to get the best out of "NoSQL" data stores like Azure Table Storage.

Building Web Applications with Microsoft SQL Azure

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SQL Azure provides a highly available and scalable relational database engine in the cloud. In this demo-intensive and interactive session, learn how to quickly build web applications with SQL Azure Databases and familiar web technologies. We demonstrate how you can quickly provision, build and populate a new SQL Azure database directly from your web browser. Also, see firsthand several new enhancements we are adding to SQL Azure based on the feedback we’ve received from the community since launching the service earlier this year.

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March 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Windows Phone 7 Series at MIX 2010

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I just got out of the keynote and I’m really excited about the Windows Phone 7 Series. Pix are worth a thousand words so I’ll post a few here.

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http://www.windowsphone7series.com

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March 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Getting Started with ASP.NET

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Trying to find information on our websites is often a frustrating task. I often spend time aggregating information and posting it here. However, multiply this effort by thousands of Microsoft bloggers and it only contributes to the problem.

One of the hardest tasks is trying to find a starting point.  If you’re new to the platform where do you go? Then once you arrive at any number of our sites the real grunt work begins. Change happens over time and I’m glad to say that we’ve redesigned the ASP.NET website.  T

he four large buttons at the top of the home page make it simple:

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Click Getting Started and you find 5 choices

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Click Number 2 and you can get access to FREE software via the WebsiteSpark Program. Not the “Free” Express Edition, but the full commercial editions.

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Options 1, 3, and 4 are self-descriptive, but Option 5 was a task unto itself before they simplified it here.

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Hopefully visiting this site will make the process of learning new platforms or just finding the right resources a whole lot simpler.

 

Written by wesy

March 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Interested in Free access to Visual Studio 2010? Join the WebsiteSpark Program for WebPros

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Edit 4/13/10 – I’ve received lots of interest about this program. If you would like to get access please use this code at the WebsiteSpark site: gTI7JHq51b

There a lots of great reasons to join WebsiteSpark, but in this difficult economy where preserving capital or your hard earned dollars is critical. The WebsiteSpark program can provide access to the latest tools and technologies in ensuring your success while also providing support, sales leads and other business development opportunities.

The WebsiteSpark Program  – Key Highlights:

  • Access to the latest version of Visual Studio Pro, Expression Studio/Web, and production licenses of Windows Server, and SQL Server. 
  • Two support incidents and access to other online support forums
  • Inclusion in the WebsiteSpark Partner Catalog
  • No Upfront Costs – there is a $100 exit fee after three years
  • Designed for small <=10 employee web development/design consultancies, freelancers etc.

If you’re interested in joining please visit the http://www.websitespark.com for more details.

If you’re already a member here a few quick reference links to commonly asked questions.

Quick Reference Questions Resource
Get started with WebsiteSpark WebsiteSpark: Get Started
Download the free stuff for WebsiteSpark WebsiteSpark: Where to Download the Free Stuff
Build my server WebsiteSpark: What You Need to Build Your Server (For Dev Server or Self Hosted Server)
Find and choose a hoster WebsiteSpark: Find and Choose a Hoster
Increase my PHP applications performance Windows Cache Extension for PHP
Add streaming video to my site IIS Media Services 2.0
Improve my sites’ search engine results IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit
Simplify the process of testing and debugging layout issues across different Web browsers and platforms Expression Web SuperPreview
Experiment with IE8’s new Web Slices on my PHP site PHP and IE8 Web Slices

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March 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Architect Innovation Cafe Webcast-Visual Studio Tools For Architects

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Each month through June 2010, we’ll bring you a 60-minute Architect focused Webcast to educate on the latest trends/topics and how new technologies can align with your business needs.

February 25, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Title: Visual Studio Tools For Architects

Abstract: Come learn how the new code visualization, UML, and Architectural Validation tools inside Visual Studio 2010 come together to help you understand existing code bases, model domain specific problem domains, and maintain the proper control and visibility of those software systems.

Event ID:  1032440937

Link to Register:  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032440937&Culture=en-US

Presenter BIO

Cameron Skinner

Product Unit Manager, Microsoft

Cameron Skinner joined Microsoft in 2005 and is currently a product unit manager on the Visual Studio team. He is responsible for overseeing the Visualization and Architecture capabilities found in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Skinner was the CTO and chief architect of application development tools for Embarcadero Technologies. Earlier in his career, he served as CTO for Advanced Software Technologies. In his limited spare time, Mr. Skinner enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, Crossfit, and playing his acoustic bass.

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Written by wesy

February 2, 2010 at 11:11 am