MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 11 Apr 2007
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The Code Project Windows Vista Mobile PC App Competition
Through June 15, 2007 Today's apps must work in an increasingly mobile environment and must allow new means of input: ink, touch, and more. Build a great application that encompasses these needs, write an article about what you've done, and you may win one of three cool Samsung Ultra-Mobile PCs.
Microsoft Windows Vista Virtual Labs
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Innovate on Windows Vista
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Microsoft Expression Web
Learn how to create rich Web sites, manipulate links and images, and work with style sheets in our two new Microsoft Expression Web virtual labs. You can complete these free hands-on labs in 90 minutes or less and walk away with a better understanding of how these professional design tools give you greater flexibility to create sophisticated applications and content. Also, watch our Expression webcasts.
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DirectX SDK (December 2006)
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Why develop and design mobile applications? The fun of mobile applications is that they travel with you to show friends and family. Developing with Windows Mobile SDK brings the familiarity of Windows programming with similar drag and drop controls and provides an emulator to simulate mobile devices right on your desktop. If you've ever tried to develop mobile applications without an emulator, you'll find this is perhaps one of the best development tools ever. No more guessing at what things will look like on a small screen.
Windows Mobile applications bring with them a new paradigm for programming. Similar to the best practices you follow in Windows programming (such as CTRL+C for copy and CTRL+V for paste), there are a set of practices to keep in mind when you are developing mobile applications. Smartphones, for example, have no stylus. Applications running on a Smartphone need to be designed so that the user can easily navigate through the application with a directional pad. This means careful attention must be paid to tabbing order in a Smartphone application. Additionally, entry fields on a Smartphone are borderless until they have focus. Navigation on a Smartphone requires labels to be coupled to input fields so that users can navigate to these fields. Screen orientation is another consideration for mobile applications. What will your application look like if the screen is rotated?
Hello world is always a great way to get started. Once you've got your hello world running, I recommend taking a look at these sample applications for Windows Mobile 5.0 and exploring some of these Windows Mobile resources.
March and April Campus Launch Events
Microsoft is making its biggest product launch ever and we are bringing it to your campus!
Come to this event to learn more about Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. You will get a firsthand look at Vista and Office, hear about these new products from Microsoft speakers, and learn how they can help you have more time, do better in school, and get a great job. You will also have the chance to win great prizes!
WCF Messaging Fundamentals
Also in MSDN Magazine, Aaron Skonnard highlights how Windows Communication Foundation builds on XML as the data model and uses SOAP and WS-Addressing as the messaging framework to create a unified programming model that allows a great deal of flexibility in how data is represented and messages are transmitted.
REMIX the MIX home page and your original design could be your ticket to MIX07. Create one of the top three designs and you will receive paid registration to the conference, three nights at the Venetian hotel and US$1,000 towards your travel expenses. In addition, we will be providing Zunes to ten designs awarded honorable mentions by our panel of judges. Deadline is midnight (Pacific time), April 10.
March 27, 10:00 A.M. Pacific time This session introduces the BioIT Alliance and describes the Windows Presentation Foundation front-end that enables scientists to annotate, search, and share laboratory data.
April 4 and 5, 9:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. Pacific time Learn about the new features and technologies that will enhance your development capabilities and IT infrastructure. This fast-paced series of webcasts and labcasts is designed for experienced software developers and solution architects.
The City of Cape Town improved operations by standardizing on the .NET Framework after rejecting Java/J2EE, and became the first public-sector organization in South Africa to achieve IS0 9001:2000 certification.
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Microsoft OEM Technical Seminars
Through May 2007, worldwide See how Microsoft Windows Embedded products are revolutionizing the way that people work and live. Attend a free OEM Technical Seminar and find out how Microsoft Windows Embedded can help you quickly configure, build, and ship your next device.
Win with Microsoft Virtualization
10 - 12 April, Bangalore, India 17 - 19 April, Singapore 24 - 26 April, Seoul, Korea 8 - 10 May, Zaragoza, Spain 15 - 17 May, Copenhagen, Denmark Enhance your technology, evaluation cycle, application performance, end-user experience, and ROI. Attend the Virtualization 3-day hands-on lab, learn how to leverage Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, and optimize your existing products for virtual environments.
30 April - 2 May, Las Vegas, NV Free Windows Vista Ultimate for all attendees.