"Ignite Your Coding" Webcast Series

"Ignite Your Coding" Webcast Series

As a developer today, you’re expected to create rich user interfaces, incorporate legacy systems, and maintain entire Windows-based applications. And you’re expected to do it fast. With expert advice and technical demonstrations, these six all-new webcasts will give you a "real world" foundation in the latest techniques and tools necessary to develop applications on Windows.

Understanding the Windows Development Platform
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 12 PM Eastern

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Do you find yourself wondering what you can do as a developer on Windows? Do you feel overwhelmed by the breath of technology that exists in Windows? Come join us on a journey to discover what Windows has to offer. In this session, you’ll learn what possible on Windows and how this powerful development platform can enable you to build applications that leverage it.

Speaker: Joel Semeniuk (Microsoft Regional DirectorMicrosoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP))

Joel Semeniuk is a founder of Imaginet Resources Corp, a Canadian based Microsoft Gold Partner. Joel is also an INETA speaker, a Microsoft Regional Director, and a Microsoft MVP specializing in team development with Visual Studio Team System. Joel has written many articles and books, his latest on Project Management best practices using Team Foundation Server for Microsoft Press.


Frameworks and Tools for the Windows Developer
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 12 PM Eastern

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Numerous frameworks and tools exist to help developers be more productive when building applications on Windows. In this session, you’ll discover some indispensable tools that will enable you to be a more effective Windows developer. Expand your toolset by learning what’s available today!

Speaker: James Kovacs (JamesKovacs.com, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP))

James Kovacs is an independent architect, developer, trainer, and jack-of-all-trades, specializing in the .NET Framework, security, and enterprise application development. He assists clients in building smart clients, web applications, web services, and even full-fledged servers using the .NET Framework and Microsoft server technologies. Whether as a team lead, architect, or hands-on developer, he has a passion for helping clients succeed in their software development projects.

James is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) - Solutions Architect, one of only three in Canada and approximately one hundred world-wide. He holds a variety of designations, including MCP, MCAD, MCSD, and MCT. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto and his Masters degree from Harvard University.

He is a member of the MSDN Canada Speakers Bureau and a frequent speaker at user groups and events across western Canada. He recently published an article on memory leaks in managed code in MSDN Magazine. You can listen to him and his fellow plumbers, John, Bil, and Jean-Paul on their podcast, Plumbers at Work, which is syndicated by MSDN Canada Community Radio.


Community-Contributed Resources (During the Webcast)

Windows Security Essentials
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 12 PM Eastern

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An overview of security concepts and technologies in Windows. This Webcast will help address many of the questions you have about security on Windows. Concepts like access control lists, identity, and policy will be covered.

Speaker: Blake McNeill (mcneillb@LinkLogger.com, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP))


Software Architect and Development Manager who has been writing Windows code for 17 years and has a number of successful and a couple not so successful startups companies.  Interest in security began in earnest while designing and developing a number of security applications like Symantec's DeepSight product.  Has been a Security Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for four years and is currently employeed as chief architect and development manager for a Medical ISV in Calgary.


The Art of Debugging In Windows
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12 PM Eastern

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Sooner or later, most developers encounter a bug in their applications. Do you have the skills and tools necessary to find and correct it? In this session, you’ll discover the art of debugging applications on Windows. You’ll learn valuable tips & tricks and discover popular tools used by the pros that will enable you to swash bugs quickly so you can get back to building features.

Speaker: Kent Alstad (Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Strangeloop Networks)

Kent is current the CTO of Strangeloop Networks (www.StrangeloopNetworks.com) a Vancouver, BC, based company that produces a hardware based accelerator for the Microsoft ASP.NET framework. Kent is principal or contributing author on all of Strangeloop's pending patents. Before helping create Strangeloop, he served as CTO at IronPoint Technology. Kent also founded, Eclipse Software, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, that he sold to Discovery Software in 2001. In more than 20 years of professional development experience, Kent has served as architect and lead developer for successful production solutions with The Active Network, ADP, Lucent, Microsoft, and NCS. "Port View", an application Kent architected for the Port of Vancouver, was honoured as "Best Administrative System" at the 1996 Windows World Open Competition. Kent holds a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Calgary.

Application Deployment on Windows
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 12 PM Eastern

Now that your code is written and tested, how do you plan to deploy the working bits? There’s a lot of different ways. In this session, you’ll learn how to deploy applications on the Windows platform.

Speaker: John Bristowe

John Bristowe is a Developer Advisor with Microsoft Canada based in Calgary, Alberta. John is an experienced speaker and frequently presents Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) events across Canada. Prior to joining Microsoft, John was a member of the Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) programs.


Developing as a Non-Admin
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 12 PM Eastern

Many applications written for the Windows platform mistakenly assume administrator rights and privileges. As a result, the runtime execution of these applications is becoming increasingly challenged in the context of tighter security policies and processes in operating systems like Windows Vista. Furthermore, developers often compound this problem by not employing the principles of least privilege and security best practices. In this session, you’ll learn how to develop software as a non-administrator to improve your application’s security and compliance with system policies and best practices.

Speaker: Kate Gregory (Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP))


Kate Gregory is the Microsoft Regional Director for Toronto and a founding partner of Gregory Consulting. Based in Peterborough, Ontario, Gregory Consulting has been providing consulting and development services throughout North America since 1986, specializing in software development with leading-edge technologies, integration projects, and technology transfer. They also provide training, mentoring, and technical writing services. Kate is the author of over a dozen books including Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003 Kick Start. She teaches .NET, XML, UML, and C++ and is in demand as an expert speaker, with numerous cross-Canada tours for Microsoft Canada, and sessions at DevDays, DevTeach, TechEd (USA, Europe, Africa) and VSLive Toronto, among others. Kate is a C++  MVP, a founding sponsor of the Toronto .NET Users Group, the founder of the East of Toronto .NET Users group, a member of the INETA speakers bureau, and a member of adjunct faculty at Trent University in Peterborough.

Kate has almost three decades of scientific and engineering programming experience in a variety of programming languages including Fortran, PL/I, C++, Java, Visual Basic, and C#.  Her recent programming work is almost exclusively in Visual C++ and Visual Basic.NET, on a variety of projects, for both Enterprise and ISV clients. Since January 2002 she has been Microsoft Regional Director for Toronto and since January 2004 she has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional designation for Visual C++. In June 2005 she won the Regional Director of the year award. She maintains strong relationships with the C++, Vista, Office, VB, and Workflow teams in Redmond.

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