Free Upcoming MSDN Event

My colleague Rob Bagby has an event coming
up in November which looks to be very good.  If you have ever seen Rob speak,
you know that he always puts on a great show in addition to having fantastic content.

Here are the details…

Build it better with MSDN Events.

Join MSDN Events for the latest tips, tools and technical information
you need to build powerful applications and engaging user experiences. Topics include:

  • What’s New in SQL Server 2008 for Developers
  • Power up your Office applications with VSTO
  • Build next generation applications with Silverlight 2

If you haven’t yet registered or for up-to-date event information,
please visit:

Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown

1750 Welton Street
Denver Colorado 80202
United States




Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Security,
Windows and Windows Vista.


Architect, Developer, Education, Government and IT Professional.

Event Overview

MSDN Event

Join us for a 4 hour MSDN Event where we will cover 3 seperate sessions focusing on
Silverlight 2.0, VSTO and SQL Server 2008.

Session #1: What’s New in SQL Server 2008 for Developers

SQL Server 2008 adds numerous new capabilities for developers
– from support for Spatial Data types to a storage mechanism for SQL BLOB data using
the NTFS file system, and much more. The new release also delivers several improvements
to development-related areas, from T-SQL to SQLCLR to XML. This session will provide
a technical dive into the latest and greatest features you’ll find in SQL Server 2008,
while offering insight into how to effectively apply them to your upcoming development

Session #2: Power up your Office applications with VSTO

In this session, we’ll focus on the power and productivity of
Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) – a .NET Smart Client technology.
We’ll give you tips and tricks for designing and building smart client applications
with VSTO, which allows you to create managed code applications with .NET languages
including Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Visual C#. VSTO also makes it simple to
manifest the functionality of those applications in the rich user interfaces of Microsoft
Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook and others from the Office stack. VSTO
addresses some of the biggest challenges that Office solution developers are facing
today, including separation of data and view elements, server-side and offline scenarios,
seamless integration with the Visual Studio tools, deployment and updating. Join us
for this eye-opening session and learn just how easy it is to build and deploy powerful
applications with VSTO.

Session #3: Build next generation
applications with Silverlight 2.0

Silverlight provides a powerful platform for building the next
generation of rich interactive applications on the Internet. In this session, we’ll
take a look at the programming model and tools that developers and designers can leverage
to build these true next generation experiences for consumers and business, and demonstrate
how to build a rich interactive application (RIA) using Silverlight and Microsoft
.NET. We’ll explore how to use Microsoft Visual Studio to create applications, and
how to create UI using XAML markup and code, controls, and File I/O. We’ll also discuss
networking, how to retrieve data from a Web service, and various other aspects of
building Silverlight applications.

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