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…


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


Addictive Games in Silverlight 2: Shock and Chip-8 Computer Emulator

Nikola Mihaylov has an interesting blog on Silverlight, but also maintains a website containing nice stuff: Nokola. Warning: checking out the games on his website, may cause loosing precious time. Nikola must be a very nice guy, as he is also providing the source code of the games as a download. The first game is…

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Microsoft releases Source Analysis for C#

Last Friday we announced the public release of Microsoft Source Analysis for C#. This tool was originally only used by Microsoft’s development teams internally (known as StyleCop) to enfore a common set of best practices for layout, readability, maintainability and documentation of C# source code. Microsoft Source Analysis for C# is hosted at MSDN Code…

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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…


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…


Walkthrough of the Web Service Software Factory (Chopsticks video)

Kurt Claeys shows you how to use the Web Service Software Factory in Visual Studio during this 9 minute video. No slides, only a running demo. The Web Service Software Factory (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of tools, patterns, source code and prescriptive guidance. It is designed to help you…

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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…