Washington DC SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 & BizTalk Server 2006 Launch

SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 & BizTalk Server 2006 Launch Wednesday, January 11, 2006 9:00 AM – Wednesday, January 11, 2006 5:45 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 7:30 AM Language: English-American Washington Convention Center  801 Mount Vernon Place NW Washington DC District of Columbia 20001 United States General Event Information…


Visual Studio 2005: Beta 2 vs. Release Candidate

Many of you have downloaded the Visual Studio 2005 release candidate that was made available last month.  It is exciting to see an almost final version of the product.  However, it is important to keep in mind that most of the developer focused beta software Microsoft has released (ex. WinFX) requires Beta 2.  Also, Beta…

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VS2005 Team Foundation Installation Guide available for Beta3

The installation guide for Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Beta 3 is available for download from here. If you’re still using a version prior to Beta 3 and can’t for some reason upgrade to Beta 3 right now, there are installation guides for Team Foundation Server Beta 2 and July CTP available here too. –Darryl


Office System as a Development Platform

We’re seeing more and more examples everyday of customers and partners either using or wanting to use Microsoft Office 2003 as a Smart Client for business applications that collect, analyze, manipulate, or present information, that uses the power available on the desktop, and that enables the end user to work in a very familiar environment. Here…

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Code Snippet: How to add a user to AD with Visual Studio

So, have you ever wanted to know how you would add a user to an Active Directory data store using .NET code? This article shows the basics of .NET development with AD, using the “Directory Services” namespace.  Including: – How to create an object to represent an AD Object (User folder in this case)- How…


Visual Basic 2005 PDC Resource CD available on MSDN site

The content from the PDC Visual Basic 2005 Resource CD is now available on the MSDN site…there’s tons of good stuff in there including articles, videos, tools, VB6 upgrade content, samples and starter kits, demos, useful links, VB language futures articles, PDC05 content, case studies (including this Federal one) and more. If you’re working on a…


Accessibility in ASP.Net 2.0

One of the things we are asked repeatedly from our Federal customers is how to ensure web applications are 508 compliant.  We have heard you loud and clear and built rich accessibilty support into ASP.Net 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005.  Have a look at the following resources to find out more: Accessibility Support in ASP.NET (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms228004.aspx)…

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VS 2005 RC Bits Update

After fussing in line at the beginning of PDC to get NO RC BITS, all is well after every attendees (including me) received the VS 2005 RC bits on Thursday. BTW, for customers that are considering standing up a VSTF, the beta 3 bits are ONLY DAYS AWAY. This is a critical release as it…


Smart Client applications with VS2005/NETFX 2.0

Looking for resources on building Smart Client Applications with Visual Studio 2005 on the .NET Framework 2.0? Here you go…there’s a bunch of great content at: Launch 2005 Smart Client Dev — http://msdn.microsoft.com/launch2005/smclient/default.aspx Almost 30 Webcasts available on demand at http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/msdnsmartclient.mspx Smart Client Development Center on MSDN — http://msdn.microsoft.com/smartclient/ Benefits and Business Value of Smart Clients…