Additional Benefits for MSDN Subscribers – Free & Discounted Products

MSDN Subscriptions are an excellent solution people needing a full development platform (including development tools, client applications, servers, etc…). As an active MSDN Subscriber, you can take advantage of special offers from Microsoft or other companies. The list of offers below is taken at the moment of writing and will change over time. To redeem…

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MSDN Ramp Up launched 3 new free web development tracks

MSDN Ramp Up is a free online learning program for developers. They’ve just launched three new ASP.NET tracks: “Web Development with ASP.NET”, “Move from ASP to ASP.NET”, and “Move from PHP to ASP.NET”. These tracks, along with the other currently offered ones (eg, Windows Mobile 6, SharePoint for Developers, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important…

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Deferred Loading in LINQ to SQL

After the post on LINQ and Architectures, this time co-author Marco Russo of “Programming Microsoft LINQ” shares information on deferred loading in LINQ to SQL. The deferred loading of data in LINQ to SQL can operates at two granularity levels: the entity and the entity data member. LINQ to SQL allows the definition of an…

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LINQ to MSI (Windows Installer database)

Bart De Smet is back with a new sample of a LINQ query provider, this time targeting Windows Installer databases, or more commonly named MSI’s. (If you want to learn more about MSI’s, you can also watch the recording of “Building setup packages with WiX”.) Technorati Tags: MSDN Belux,LINQ,MSI,query provider,windows installer

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LINQ for Visual Basic 2008 Developers video

This video provides an introduction for Visual Basic developers to LINQ. The language integrated query framework for .NET is a set of language extensions for Visual Basic and C# and a unified programming model that extends the .NET Framework to offer integrated querying for objects, databases and XML. During this session you will see how…

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Free eLearning on ASP.NET AJAX Extensions

For a limited time, Microsoft Learning offers a free subscription to the eLearning clinic "Developing Enhanced Web Experiences with Microsoft® ASP.NET AJAX Extensions". From the website: In this 2-hour clinic you will learn about the rich functionality that ASP.NET AJAX Extensions provides for building highly responsive and enhanced web applications. In addition to learning about…

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IntoFactories.NET Community Blog on Software Factory Technologies and Tools

Wim Vanden Driessche mailed me earlier today about a new community blog called “IntoFactories.NET – A deep dive into Microsoft software factory technologies and tools”. It is maintained by some of his team members at Compuware Belgium. Here’s what they say about their blog: Near the end of ‘07, a couple of developers got stung…

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Update on Microsoft Certifications - Free "Second Shot" Offer Extended, And More...

In the past months, I’ve been writing a few posts on Microsoft certifications. Since there is more information available now, it’s time to give an update: Free Second Shot offer has been extended From the website: "Due to popular demand, the Second Shot offer has been extended through June 30, 2008! For a limited time,…

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Join us for the Belgian 2008 Launch and TechDays

You might already have heard about our 3 day launch experience: On March 11 we’ll celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. During this day, you’ll get to see a keynote from Bill Hilf and an overview of "what" those products can mean to you (in non-fluffy marketing…

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MSDN Evening on 28 November: Introducing Visual Studio 2008 – IDE & Language Enhancements

During this MSDN Evening you will get an overview of the language enhancements in Visual Basic 9.0 and Visual C# 3.0, as well as IDE enhancements in Visual Studio 2008. Topics covered include framework multi-targeting (using Visual Studio 2008 to develop applications running on .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0 and/or 3.5), integration of .NET Framework 3.5,…

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