Train, Compete Win!

This week's MSDN flash contains some valuable links to training material for Visual Studio 2005 so much so that I thought I'd turn it into a blog post! If you  don't subscribe to the MSDN Flash you can do so by going here and clicking "Subscribe to this Newsletter" in the right hand column.

Last night Daniel Carter showed us all how it's done! Go the All Blacks! Great game in the series-winning 48-18 test win over the British and Irish Lions in Wellington.

News Flash:

The WeFly247 DVD's have arrived and I will be putting them up on the NZ evaluation site this week!

Enterprise Library June 2005 now available!
The June 2005 release is a minor update to the original January release. It incorporates the patches and extensions previously released to the community, and also includes miscellaneous minor bug fixes. Although this release is still designed for .NET Framework 1.1, it is now possible to use this with .NET Framework 2.0 beta 2 - see the included Readme file for details.

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One of the songs that I am particularly enjoying at the moment is a song called "Stand Up" by The Feelers. We as New Zealanders honor our heroes thrive on our No. 8 Wire attitude but more often than not sit on the fence!

We are some of the best spectators in world you just need to listen to talk back radio! We all complain about Tall Poppy Syndrome running rampant in this country and we continue to make comments that we are all a little bit too PC.

Have we lost the will to win?

I don't think so! I think it's more like we have lost the will to play! How many of you sit in the back of a presentation and think "I could have done better than that!"?

Everyday at Microsoft we offer you the opportunity to get involved... we measure our success as a company on your achievements as a community. So what can you do to take yourself off the bench and onto the field?

How you can train

Would you like 6 hours of free hands-on learning that you can do at your own pace and is available offline? What about an introduction to Visual Studio Team System or Developing Service Oriented Applications in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005?

Microsoft E-Learning is also offering you free online assessments for Visual Studio and SQL Server. After you take the online assessment, your results are scored and you will be presented with a personalised learning plan for recommended books, E-Learning, classroom training, and other resources.

Take advantage of our virtual labs!

Take advantage of our MSDN Virtual Labs - A series of guided, hands-on labs which can be completed in under an hour. We have new labs for SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.

Twelve of the most popular sessions are available on demand through the Tech·Ed 2005 Webcast Series.

I know that I've said it before... but this is important enough to say again. Many of the learning resources we offer are free. Get access to online books like Introducing Visual Basic 2005 for Developers, Upgrading Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 to Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, and the ASP.NET online books and free E-Learning course (enter access code 8317-MSDN-6595). For a limited time, you can take advantage of other free E-Learning offerings for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005.

For a limited time, MSDN subscribers can also access the Safari Bookshelf and get free access to books like Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook, Visual Basic 2005: A Developers Notebook, and others, all online and fully searchable. Sign up for Safari Bookshelf and get your first 30 days free! Check out the MSDN Subscription Downloads page for this and other cool offers.

The world of technology is always changing and evolving. Developer education is a continual process; I hope some of these resources will help you improve your skills. Don't forget to check out the various Developer Centers on MSDN for more great resources and content on the technologies and topics you care about and depend on.

What about full blown sample applications?

We have produced heaps of copies of WeFly247 an end-to-end sample application created for Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. The DVD contains more than sixty hours of video, complete source code, hands on labs and a connected architecture. Included are ASP.NET, Windows Forms and Pocket PC applications. This DVD is truly a great tool to get you onto the field! They are on the boat tomorrow so as soon as they arrive I'll let you know how to get your hands on one.

What else are we doing around best practices?

Tom Hollander, product manager for the Patterns & Practices team at Microsoft has blogged about the latest on the Enterprise Library June 2005 release and on what is happening with Enterprise Library and .NET 2.0.

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