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The Azure Services Training Kit includes hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Azure Services Platform. The new release includes new demo scripts, new presentations, and three additional hands-on labs for Live Services.

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Adam Shostack and Michael Howard reveal in this short and fun video the top ten security pet peeves which can mislead you and prevent you from developing secure applications.

The patterns & practices Unity Application Block is a lightweight, extensible dependency injection container. There are two versions: Unity Application Block 1.2, and Unity Application Block 1.2 for Silverlight.

SPDisposeCheck is a tool that helps check assemblies that use the SharePoint API so that you can build better code. It provides assistance in correctly disposing of certain SharePoint objects to help you follow published best practice.

Learn how to use a design pattern to develop localized form templates for InfoPath 2007 and InfoPath Forms Services.

Learn how to export user-defined fields (properties) from Outlook 2007 items to Access 2003.

Walk through a solution that solves the problem of displaying an arbitrary number of data items on the surface of a Word 2007 document by using Open XML and the .NET Framework 2.0.

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February 19, 5:00 P.M., Microsoft Island in Second Life
This month at TSUG, MVP Wes MacDonald will present "Deployment Strategies with Team Build". In addition, Shai Raiten will present an introduction to custom work item controls. Log in to TSUG-VE and reference this link to attend.
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February 20, 2:00 P.M., Microsoft Island in Second Life
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The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) teaches the important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient.

Pluralsight On-Demand is a new web-based training service providing premier Microsoft .NET training and content in a convenient online format. With Pluralsight On-Demand you have a full training experience available at your fingertips. Attendees will receive a 12-month subscription to the online version of the ASP.NET AJAX+Silverlight course.

Security for Developers

Using end-to-end application scenarios, this guide shows you how to design and implement authentication and authorization in WCF. You'll learn how to improve the security of your WCF services through prescriptive guidance including guidelines, a Q&A, practices at a glance, and step-by-step how to articles.


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In this video, IDV Solutions shows how easy it is to leverage SharePoint lists and Excel spreadsheets in your own web-based applications and why your customers will appreciate this approach.

Help your career thrive in any economy with training on the latest Microsoft technologies. For a limited time, when you attend select SQL Server 2008 courses with Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions, you'll receive a free copy of SQL Server 2008. Offer is valid through June 30, 2009 or while supplies last.

This newly-released collection offers a comprehensive introduction to the Microsoft suite of Virtualization products. Collection 6333 includes four two-hour clinics, covering Hyper-V and Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft Application Virtualization.

Now there are free chapters available for download from three great Microsoft Press books on Visual Studio 2008: Programming Microsoft LINQ, Introducing Microsoft Silverlight 2, and Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5.

February 23 - 27
Intertech's Complete C# course is designed to expose experienced software developers to the C# programming language and the core APIs of the .NET Framework.

March 23 - 27
Intertech's Complete ASP.NET 3.5 provides in-depth coverage of ASP.NET 3.5 for both C# and Visual Basic developers.

Help customers deliver cost-effective, reliable IT services using Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0. Getting trained on MOF is easy and straightforward. Download this brief article for an overview of Partner training options.

Case Studies

Using Expression Blend and Expression Encoder with Visual Studio and Silverlight, VML established a unified work platform that eliminated time-consuming exchanges between designers and developers, and provided more time for a focus on quality.

Kelley Blue Book rebuilt its IT infrastructure using Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2005, and the Microsoft .NET Framework. The company now has a reliable IT infrastructure that provides strong security, is easy to manage, and enables the rapid delivery of new Web experiences.

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LiveDocx is a template-based document creation platform for ASP.NET. Subscribe now to get 1 out or 1500 test accounts.

ComponentOne XapOptimizer reduces the size of your XAP files by removing unused types and XAML resources in your application assemblies.

New Altova MissionKit 2009 supports XBRL and HL7, plus extends support for working in SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio.

Deliver rich applications without the steep learning curve by using existing .NET skills and familiar development patterns. Get this free along with the free Visual Studio Express Edition.

A free UX patterns catalog and community resource, Quince contains more than 90 of the most commonly used UX patterns.



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