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Hello there, Canadian Solution Developer!

I’m Jonathan Rozenblit, your host and resident blogger here on the Canadian Solution Developer blog. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to this new blog. In case we haven’t previously met (either in person or virtually), I’m a Developer Evangelist here at Microsoft Canada. Along with the rest of my team, it is our job to help you get answers to problems; share solutions and insights; and connect you with peers, community leaders, and experts. We’re here to support you and to be your advocates at Microsoft.  Success to us is ensuring you’re heard; and most importantly, helping you grow your skills in order to continue being successful in your career. 

Through your feedback, you’ve told us that you’re looking to engage in conversations focused on technologies, platforms, and frameworks that are relevant to your projects and information that is relevant to your career development within your organization. We’re listening and are here to do just that! This blog was created as a result of your feedback and is here for you, the solution developer.

As your resident bloggers, John Bristowe (@jbristowe) and I, Jonathan Rozenblit (@jrozenblit), will be bringing you the latest from around Microsoft, the development community in Canada, and the industry. We’ll cover technologies such as (but of course not limited to):

  • .NET (Windows Azure, WCF, WF, WPF, Enterprise Library, etc.)
  • SQL and Business Intelligence (SSDS, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS, SQL Azure, SQL Azure Reporting)
  • Enterprise Products (SharePoint Server, Dynamics CRM, etc.).

Technology aside, we’ll also dive into topics such as:

  • Tooling
  • Software design patterns
  • Best practices
  • Requirements management
  • Testing and quality assurance
  • Project delivery and process optimization
  • Industry trends

Through this blog, it’s our hope that we’ll be able to:

  • Help you solve problems by highlighting relevant information such as reference links and materials, technical posts, stories, and testimonials that will help.
  • Help you stay ahead by sharing insights, release schedules, customer scenarios, and case studies that will help you illustrate how the Microsoft platform can enable your solutions to meet and exceed the goals of your organization.
  • Help you influence others by providing you with the information you need to advocate Microsoft technologies, easily answering the question “Why Microsoft?” and describing the impact the technologies will have on your solutions.
  • Help you drive organizational success by illustrating holistic software development approaches and best practices that will help create efficient and effective development processes that will, in turn, drive organizational success.
  • Most importantly, help you grow your career and be successful by bringing you instructional materials, reference links, and highlighting training opportunities where you can extend your existing skills to the latest technologies.

Before I close this introductory post, I have an ask of you. As I mentioned before, this blog is for you. We’ll do our very best to make sure that your experience here is valuable. To do that, I’d really appreciate it if you could take 5 to 10 minutes to connect with us, either by email at cdnsoldevs@microsoft.com, Twitter at @cdnsoldevs , or LinkedIn and tell us what kind of projects you’re working on or technologies you’re working with; what platforms you target and what languages do you use; how you’re keeping up with what’s new in technology and updating your skills; and most importantly, how we help you with any of those.

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