MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 20 Mar 2007
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Innovate on Windows Vista
Put your solutions on a fast track to success by qualifying for the Certified for Windows Vista logo. Get plenty of assistance along the way as you develop new solutions on this advanced platform.
Play Master Plan 2007 and Learn What's New in Visio 2007
Play Master Plan 2007 and see some new and improved features of Visio 2007 and Project 2007. Then enter for a chance to play the Master Plan 2007 game on the streets of London or Amsterdam with three of your friends. After entering, you'll receive a free DVD featuring over 8 hours of training.
2007 Microsoft Office System Virtual Labs
Take part in these virtual labs and see how the 2007 Microsoft Office system delivers a new level of programmability and extensibility to Office client applications. This month, enjoy our new labs covering Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 programmability and Business Data Catalog in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Virtual labs are simple, with no complex setup or installation. Also, watch our 2007 Microsoft Office system MSDN webcasts.
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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.
[News for Students] News for Students
There is nothing more exciting than the small tools, gadgets, and gizmos that provide a task or service that simplifies or enhances your life; it's like finding that one little rattle in your car that you just couldn't locate for the last few months. Technically speaking, gadgets are mini-applications that live on your Live.com homepage or Windows Sidebar and provide games, Web shortcuts, weather, or any other type of real-time info you may need or want.
Windows Live Gallery has a number of fun gadgets to start looking through before you get started developing. The Wikipedia gadget makes using Wikipedia quick and easy by enabling search directly from your sidebar. Outlook Info has all the daily information you could want, from unread mail to tasks and appointments. Calvin and Hobbes generates a flyout comic strip for each click.
The Code Project has a competition for cool and fun gadgets if you need a little more motivation to get started. They are also having a Vista API competition if you prefer to explore Vista from a different angle.
If you need to install Vista before getting started with gadget development find a Campus Launch Event near you where there are copies of Vista and Office being raffled. Get Vista for free if your department is enrolled in the MSDN Academic Alliance, or check to see if your local book store participates in Student Select for discounts coming later this spring.
March 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!
[Default] Developing the Virtual Earth 3D Control
The Virtual Earth 3D control is a new for visualizing the entire world in three dimensions. Implemented as a managed control, it allows seamless integration with Web sites or standalone applications. The Microsoft .NET Framework security model gives users the capability of dynamically loading plug-ins to supply data, but restricts them to execution in a partial-trust environment.
[Security] [ASP.NET] Validating ASP.NET Query Strings
ASP.NET applications don't have to link each and every page being secured to the authentication module of choice. Everything can be done declaratively through the web.config file and a bunch of external resources, such as the login page and the membership database.
April 30 - May 2, Las Vegas, NV If you're interested in Microsoft's Web strategy and mobility and embedded strategy, for only US$395 more you can go to both MIX and MEDC breakout sessions at the Venetian Hotel. Register for MIX and you'll be asked if you also want to go to our Mobile and Embedded DevCon (MEDC). Early-bird discount ends March 15.
May 21 - 22, Atlantic City, NJ Developers and architects will gain insight into Microsoft technologies such as the .NET Framework 3.0, Windows Vista, and 2007 Microsoft Office system.
Microsoft .NET Developer ConferencesCome join us for a full day of Developer-oriented technical sessions on Microsoft .NET 3.0 and Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. There is no fee to attend. The Developer Conference in Washington DC will be held in conjunction with FOSE 2007.
March 12, 13, and 19 - 9:00 A.M. Pacific time This Web seminar series will take an in depth look at the latest technologies that will allow you to build your applications on the Windows Mobile platform, Visual Studios 2005, and SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition.
TÜV NORD analyzed its SAP deployment, which is hosted on SQL Server 2005, and found that it benefited from 56 percent lower database administration costs than industry average, and that it enjoyed a 37 percent lower total cost of ownership.
The Kruuse Group turned from Oracle to SQL Server 2005 for its business intelligence system. It now hosts 5 data cubes instead of 1, and 30 standard reports instead of 3. Customizations that took two weeks are now implemented whenever needed.
IdeaBlade announces its DevForce 3.4 enterprise application framework for .NET 3.0. Start with the free DevForce Express edition today, and upgrade seamlessly to the .NET 3.0 features at your convenience.
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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.
[Windows Server System] Win with Microsoft Virtualization
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