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[Default] Spotlight on: Windows Vista

Innovate on Windows Vista Innovate on Windows Vista helps fast-track solutions to success, by qualifying for a logo that tells everyone your existing application works with Windows Vista, and by providing plenty of assistance as you develop new solutions on this advanced platform to gain the Certified for Windows Vista logo.
Microsoft ASP.NET Connections/ Visual Studio Connections / SQL Server Magazine Connections / SharePoint Connections March 25 - 28, Orlando, FL Come learn about ASP.NET 2.0 and Atlas, Windows Vista and .NET 3.0 development, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and more.
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[Default] Spotlight on: the 2007 Microsoft Office System

Introducing the Office Developer How-to Center Discover task-based samples to help you learn the new features of the 2007 Microsoft Office system programs, servers, services, tools and technologies.
Visual How-to: Building Word 2007 Document Templates Using Content Controls Content controls are bounded and potentially labeled regions in a document for specific types of content. Watch a short video, read about it, and then learn how to write code.
Visual How-to: Build Word 2007 Documents Using the Office Open XML Formats The new file format in Microsoft Office Word 2007 divides the file into document parts. Watch a short video, read about it, and learn how to build a document from scratch.
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[Application Architecture and Patterns] Visio 2007 SDK (Updated for RTM) Find conceptual overviews, programming tasks, samples, and references (Automation, Save as Web Page, ShapeSheet, and XML) to guide you in developing solutions based on Visio.

New: Developer References for the 2007 Microsoft Office System
Find conceptual overviews, programming tasks, samples, and references to guide you in developing solutions based on the Microsoft Office system.

Access 2007 Developer Reference
InfoPath 2007 Developer Reference
InfoPath 2007 XSF Schema Reference
Object Library Reference for the 2007 Microsoft Office System
Outlook 2007 Developer Reference
Project 2007 Developer Reference
SharePoint Designer 2007 Developer Reference
Word 2007 Developer Reference
Excel 2007 Developer Reference
Microsoft Office Live Developer's Guide Updated An updated version of the Office Live Developer's Guide is now available. This guide describes the core concepts, requirements, and development guidelines for Office Live.
SharePoint Server 2007 Code Sample: Item-Level Auditing Learn how to create an item-level auditing view programmatically in three different ways.
Microsoft Office Live Code Sample: Contact Map Download a sample code mashup for Microsoft Office Live, which is designed to map the addresses of all contacts included in an Office Live Business Contact Manager application.
VSTO 2005 SE Sample: Managing Task Panes in Word 2007 and InfoPath 2007 Using VSTO 2005 SE Download code examples for the management of task panes in Word 2007 and InfoPath 2007.
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[Application Architecture and Patterns] Integrating Visio 2007 and SharePoint Products and Technologies Learn about enhanced features for integrating Visio 2007 with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007.
Managing Task Panes in Multiple Word and InfoPath Documents Custom task panes in Word 2007 and InfoPath 2007 are attached to each open document individually. Learn how to manage custom task panes when the user has multiple documents open.
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[Application Architecture and Patterns] Integrating Visio 2007 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Learn how you can integrate Visio 2007 with Microsoft SQL Server 2005, to create data-driven diagrams from stored SQL data.
Best Practices: Writing SQL Syntax Queries for Relevant Results in Enterprise Search Learn to write SQL syntax queries to return the most relevant results for Enterprise Search in SharePoint Server 2007.
Adding Resource Links to the Office Fluent Ribbon Using COM Add-Ins Walk through the process of creating an add-in that adds a custom tab to the existing Microsoft Office Fluent Ribbon in Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Word 2007.
Data Type Handling with Excel Services User-Defined Functions Learn how to handle data types when working with Excel Services user-defined functions (UDFs).
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[Default] Spotlight on: Visual Basic 2005

Upgrading to .NET with Visual Basic 2005 Upgrade your skills from Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic 2005 and the .NET 2.0 platform. In two days, we'll cover topics like Windows Forms applications, Windows Services, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, interoperability, and deployment. Register today!
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Web Resources

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February 13, 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Learn how advanced interoperability capabilities can be used to solve real-world health care scenarios.
February 14, 7:00 A.M. Pacific time Powerful capabilities to compare database schema and data enables database developers to easily enable change management for database code.
February 16, 7:00 A.M. Pacific time Visual Studio 2005 Team System is an integrated and extensible suite of lifecycle tools that enables greater communication and collaboration among software development teams.
February 28, 7:00 A.M. Pacific time Team Foundation Server offers enterprise-class version control. Learn about branching, merging, and shelving, and how these features can help your team manage application development.

Security for Developers

[Security] Please Do Not Use the .NET 2.0 HMACSHA512 and HMACSHA384 Classes We've recently discovered a bug in the HMACSHA512 and HMACSHA384 classes that shipped in the .NET Framework 2.0. This bug will cause these algorithms to produce incorrect results that are not consistent with other implementations of HMAC-SHA-512 and HMAC-SHA-384.

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[Microsoft Office Solutions] Office SharePoint Server 2007 SDK (Updated for RTM) Experience conceptual overviews, programming tasks, code samples, references, and an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) starter kit to guide you in developing solutions based on SharePoint Server 2007.

Get the same great information as the online version in a compiled HTML Help file that includes conceptual topics, managed code reference, and the Workflow Developer Starter Kit.
Add this OPML file to your favorite RSS reader and learn about the latest about Office development posted by the community.

Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

[SQL Server and Data Access] Dow Jones MarketWatch Deploys SQL Server 2005 to Enhance Scalability, Availability MarketWatch.com helps more than five million unique visitors a month stay abreast of market conditions. By upgrading to SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition (64-bit), MarketWatch.com gained support for up to 1 terabyte of RAM, increased availability, and more.
[Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2005] FIX: An incorrect overridden method is called when many classes are derived from a single base class in Visual Studio .NET 2003

By upgrading to SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition for the backend, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition for laptops, and an application created using Visual Studio, Zurich North America Commercial projects efficiency savings of US$25 million over five years.
Two programmers upgraded Gulf Coast Seal's data warehouse in only eight weeks by relying on Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals. Because deployment required merely eight hours, the impact on operations was minimal.
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Training

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This guide highlights architectural underpinnings, the latest enhancements for developers, and code samples for building custom applications and solutions. Download the guide to help get you started now.
In this free clinic you will learn to create and enhance Windows Communication Foundation services and clients.
Learn how Team System's components can build better software, more efficiently, and how to extend and customize the built-in functionality of VSTS.
This instructor-led, 200-level training provides partners with an overview of the latest technology training in a half-day (or 240 minutes). Partners will learn the architecture of Team System and Team Foundation Server and how Team System's components can be utilized to build better software more efficiently.
February 12 - 15 February 20 - 23 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Designed for Microsoft ISV partners, this 8-part Web seminar series will give ISVs the knowledge necessary to work with and begin to program for Microsoft Compute Cluster Server 2003.
Microsoft MSDN Virtual Labs provide a great opportunity to explore the latest Microsoft software and platforms in a no-fuss environment. There's no cost and nothing to install or format.

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International Events

[Team Development, Source Control, and Testing] TornadoCamp .NET Team System (German) 20 - 23 February, Bad Ems, Germany Guest speaker Richard Hundhausen, VSTS MVP Visual Studio Team System integrates process guidance, prescriptive architectures, and life-cycle tools for successfully deploying solutions on the Windows platform. Visual Studio Team System provides tools to support the entire software development team.
[.NET Framework] TornadoCamp .NET Fundamentals (German) 5 - 9 March, Bad Ems, Germany This 5-day course gives you a solid foundation and teaches you the fundamentals about the .NET framework, Visual Studio 2005, C#, ASP .NET, Web services, security features, and much more.
[Embedded Development] 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.
[Windows Server System] Microsoft Virtualization Summit To March, worldwide
[Windows Server System] Microsoft Virtualization Developer Labs To April, worldwide Virtualization experts will teach you how to take advantage of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2.