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WebCamps Coming to Mountain View and Seattle!

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The Microsoft Web Team is excited to announce a new series of events called Microsoft Web Camps!

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Interested 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.   See the full agenda here.

Register now

and we look forward to seeing you at camp soon!

Mountain View,CA  5/27-28

1065 La Avenida
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: (650) 693-4000




Jon Galloway works for Scott Hanselman as an ASP.NET Community Program Manager helping to evangelize and promote the ASP.NET framework and Web Platform. Jon previously worked at Vertigo Software, where he worked on several Microsoft conference websites (PDC08, MIX09, WPC09), built the CBS March Madness video player, and lead a team which created several Silverlight advertising demos for MIX08. Prior to that, he’s worked in a wide range of web development shops, from scrappy startups to Fortune 500 financial companies. He was an ASP.NET and Silverlight Insider, ASP.NET MVP, published author, regular contributor to several open source .NET projects. He runs the Herding Code podcast ( and blogs at  


Written by wesy

May 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

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

Written by wesy

April 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Tools for Learning – Silverlight and Expression Studio

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toolboxBanner_600x100.toolbox is a free online training program from Microsoft for designers and developers that focuses on the design and UX aspects of Silverlight using Expression Studio, as well as on User Experience best practices.

This program will be helpful for your designers to ramp up in the use of Expression Blend and become Silverlight-ready, as well as for your developers who want to ramp up on design composition and best UX practices. .toolbox will guide them through 100 to 400 level training modules. The curriculum offers approximately 36 hours of training content around Expression Blend and Silverlight and approximately 12 hours UX principles training content making .toolbox a comprehensive learning program. People on your team will be able to study the modules at their own pace and schedule.

.toolbox is a structured curriculum-based program that features two core learning tracks with materials that increase in difficulty to build individuals’ knowledge and understanding.

· In Design Scenarios, designers and developers learn to create dynamically-rich Silverlight applications using Expression Studio. They learn to add code-free functionality to designs by following step-by-step tutorials that illustrate how to create interactive user experiences.

· In Design Principles, designers and developers learn fundamental UX concepts (e.g., choosing the right colors, alignment, grids) along with tips in how to apply them.

Badges are earned and accumulated in both tracks upon successful completion of the evaluation found at the end of each level.

To Get Started

1. Go to .toolbox and sign up using your Windows Live ID

2. Visit the School section and explore the curriculum.

3. Select a module, watch the videos, and follow along using the provided guide and assets.

4. Take the evaluation for a completed level to achieve a badge.

5. Broadcast your achievements by posting to Twitter and Facebook.

Useful Links

· .toolbox Website |

· .toolbox Twitter |

· .toolbox Facebook |

· .toolbox YouTube |

· .toolbox Promo Video in YouTube |

Written by wesy

March 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

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 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

Written by wesy

March 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm