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Exam 70-480 Study Material: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
Here’s a list of sources of information for the different elements that comprise the 70-480 exam: General ResourcesEDIT: http://www.microsoftvirtual... This is the end all source for video coverage of the exam, including information on the followup exam for building Windows Store apps with HTML5, CSS and Javascript. Go to the site to get a free voucher code to take the exam while supplies last! http://www.w3schools.com (As pointed out in David Pallmann’s ......

Posted On Monday, October 8, 2012 8:22 AM

VS2010 SP1 - The file is under source control and is not checked out
If you’ve recently upgraded to SP1 and tried to build a solution checked out from TFS you might have come across the following dialog. Not only does it not allow you to cancel the build process, but it also REPEATEDLY THROWS THE DIALOG PREVENTING YOU FROM STOPPING THE PROCESS. Very annoying. There is a hotfix available via connect and code gallery that will stop this problem. Connect Bug Entry: http://connect.microsoft.co... ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:27 AM

Increase your Visual Studio 2010 keyboard kung-fu! Shortcut charts are available for VB.NET, C#, F# and C++
Get them now! Technorati Tags: VS2010,keyboard,shortcuts ......

Posted On Friday, April 16, 2010 1:28 PM

Visual Studio 2010 Professional now on Dreamspark!
If you are a student and you were looking for your VS2010 fix today, be sure to check out Dreamspark.com and get your own copy! Dreamspark is simple; it’s about giving students Microsoft professional tools at no charge. Visit Dreamspark right now to sign up and get VS2010! Technorati Tags: VS2010,Dreamspark,students,... ......

Posted On Monday, April 12, 2010 12:40 PM

Windows 7’s official name announced…
And the official name is… Windows 7. You might be wondering how this is news, but really Windows 7 has been the codename up until Monday when Mike Nash announced that it would be the official name as well. The idea is that Windows 7 will continue on from where Vista left off, but to go back to version numbers instead of years and other off the wall randomness to highlight aspiration. Mike gives the rundown on why the name was decided on his blog, here: http://windowsvistablog.com... ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2008 3:52 PM

Baton Rouge SSUG meeting rescheduled to October 23rd
The SSUG meeting scheduled for tonight has been pushed back to October 23rd. Same line up as posted previously, just a reschedule. Sorry for the late notice, I just found out myself. Technorati Tags: SSUG ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 14, 2008 2:54 PM

How Microsoft listens
This being my freshman year as an MVP, I had a realization that I perhaps should be embarrassed hasn’t happened sooner. The realization comes much like the iconic M&Ms commercial where the M&Ms run into Santa and exclaim, “He does exist!” My personal realization arguably has a greater implication: Microsoft does listen. This is the most important lesson that I received this year attending the MVP Summit. My hope is that I can convince you that we are empowered to make a difference. Instead ......

Posted On Thursday, March 4, 2010 10:29 PM

Visual Studio 2010 hits RC!
Grab the bits and be sure to submit feedback through Connect! Technorati Tags: VisualStudio,VS2010,VS2010RC ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 1:39 PM

List of influential VB’ers on Twitter
Antonio Chagoury, VB MVP, has constructed a list of Twitter accounts for VB MVPs, VB Team members, and others who are influential in the VB.NET community on his personal blog, CTO v2.0. This list has many great people who are not only talented in VB, but also who have great talents in many aspects of the .NET framework. I’m listed as a VB MVP, but if you don’t want the full list you can still check me out at http://twitter.com/svickn. However, I’d recommend checking out the rest of these guys too, ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 4:04 PM

What are you looking forward to from E3?
So E3 has come upon us and is about to make its way out again. Anything that peaked your interests? I have to say by far I was happiest with what I can get for my XBox360 over anything coming out for the Wii (I’ve got no PS3). The games that I’m really looking forward that were shown off this year at E3 are Crackdown 2, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Forza Motorsports 3. I’ve spent many hours playing all three of those titles, and I’m happily awaiting their releases. AC2 and FM3 are both slated later this ......

Posted On Thursday, June 4, 2009 9:20 AM

MSDN Events: Azure, Debugging and Mobility Review
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of going down to a local theatre to watch through the MSDN event for Azure, debugging, and mobility. The event itself was refreshing, and I always enjoy hearing Zain speak. We have similar passions, and also similar personalities. The event started off with a brief look at Azure, which is Microsoft’s very beta cloud computing platform. The technology itself seems straightforward and easy to use, although Zain warned about a tedious process of getting the tokens necessary ......

Posted On Monday, January 26, 2009 12:21 PM

Passing the 070-536 Revisited
So, yesterday I passed the 070-536, and I wanted to revisit my list of helpful insights. I wanted to add a couple new insights to the mix in particular. Here are the additional insights, and these will probably remain steadfast for all .NET exams: Go in with a deep understanding of core operations. If something is often used or is referenced in the training kit, get a really good grip on it. Isolate the differences in each answer. Look at what could be wrong, and use your best judgment. Finally, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:27 AM

Hot-To: Model a Work Breakdown Structure with Project 2007 and Visio 2007
If you’re trying to make a WBS from your suite of 2007 applications, Microsoft Download Center has a Visio add-on that might save you some time. To get a WBS pumped out quickly, just do the following: Download and install Microsoft Office Visio 2007 WBS Modeler. Open Visio, and start from the new WBS Modeler. Open Project and open the project you want to make a WBS for. In Visio, click WBS Modeler, then Import From Microsoft Office Project… Click through a couple more settings and here you have it. ......

Posted On Sunday, January 11, 2009 12:05 PM

Windows 7 Beta download available tomorrow! Available now for MSDN Subscribers!
If you don’t read Chris Koenig’s blog (shame on you :|) or haven’t seen Ballmer’s Keynote at CES, you might not be aware. However, Windows 7 Beta will be available for download tomorrow, first come first served to the first 2.5 million people. Get the cool details from Chris (and while you’re their maybe a new RSS feed): http://blogs.msdn.com/chkoe... Get the official news from the Windows 7 team: http://windowsteamblog.com/... ......

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2009 8:55 AM

MSDN Events coming to Baton Rouge, LA on 01/22/2009!
Honestly, my eyes lit up like it was Christmas all over again when I read the updated MSDN Events RSS on my google reader. Some Louisiana love is finally on its way this month, here is the low down: MSDN EVENTS - AZURE, DEBUGGING AND MOBILITY SESSIONS INCLUDE - Demystifying Azure: An Overview of the Azure Services Platform for Developers - Deepen your Debugging: Tips and Tricks for the Visual Studio 2008 Debugger - Developing for Windows Mobile Devices FREE ADMITTANCE Enhance your coding capabilities ......

Posted On Monday, January 5, 2009 12:01 PM

25% off plus free second shot on 070-536
Looking for a good deal on your first exam towards a handful of MCTS's? Give the MSDN's Ramp Up program a shot. After completing any of the tracks you will get the following great discounts. 25% off exam plus one free retake if you don't pass the first time for Exam 70-536 only: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework Application Development Foundation, the first of the MCTS Certification exams 50% off on select E-Learning collections: Collection 5160: Core Development with the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 ......

Posted On Monday, December 22, 2008 3:28 PM

A quick look at VB10
As you may have noticed (perhaps on the Visual Studio Start Page), there’s a section of the MSDN reserved for the future of VB. The page is fairly bland at first glance, but there is a great reference to the new features of Visual Basic 10 available in the downloads that I dare say you should investigate. Of the upcoming news, some that stand out are multiline lambda expressions, “implicit line continuation” (AKA goodbye to the underscore, mostly), Auto-implemented properties (one line of code for ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2008 2:41 PM

Test out Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 today!
Recent news from PDC is that the CTP for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 are waiting to be tested by you! Chris Koenig’s blog has more information: http://blogs.msdn.com/chkoe... You might want to check out what he has to say, because it sounds as if the preview is a little quirky to get started, but if you can’t wait to start downloading the files, go ahead to the download page here: https://connect.microsoft.c... ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:56 PM

The Visual Studio 2010 CTP: Floating Document and Tool Windows Outside the IDE
I’ve been digging through the CTP for VS2010, and I have to say that if you haven’t started trying it out, start. Keep in mind, the CTP will hog as much as 40 gigs of space (between the twelve 700 meg parts and the final 25 gig Virtual PC image), but getting to play around with the new features is great. Maybe you’re telling yourself, “I’m not advanced enough to know what to play around with to enjoy the new stuff…” There are walkthroughs. If you use Visual Studio on any semblance of a regular basis, ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 11, 2008 2:09 PM

Custom Code Snippets Series Part 3: XML Example
Hey guys, Here we are, and I’m taking the time to finish up my first series at my new host geekswithblogs! For this part of the series we’ll be taking a look at a practical example of an XML snippet, namely the snippet to create snippets. I’ve created my own version, but if you’ve toyed with XML snippets before you would know that Microsoft has already included a snippet snippet. This is a good alternative to the “Hard” way described in Part 1, but what if you want a little more of a custom feel ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12:45 PM

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 CTP available once again
Maybe you’ve already noticed, but the download links are once again active for the VS2010 .NET 4.0 CTP. Tackle yourself some new team oriented features here: https://connect.microsoft.c... Technorati Tags: Visual Studio 2010,.NET 4.0 ......

Posted On Sunday, November 2, 2008 9:31 PM

Channel 9’s got you covered for PDC withdrawals
Personally, I’m itching to download the CTP of 2010, but the fail download links are becoming a bit of a downer. On the bright side, however, is that if you didn’t have the ability to attend PDC this year Channel 9’s got you covered. Getting to the wealth of information is a little cryptic, so here’s a link over to Julia Lerman’s DevLife with a roadmap to the video content: http://blogs.eweek.com/devl... There ......

Posted On Thursday, October 30, 2008 9:40 AM

October Baton Rouge .NET Users Group Meeting (in November)
NOTICE: Due to a scheduling conflicts as Halloween activities the October meeting has been moved 1 week to Wednesday, November 5th. Sorry for any inconvenience. .Net User Group Meeting location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM Sponsored by: Portico Learning Solutions Presenter Jeremy Beckham BIO: Jeremy is a Senior Developer for High Power Consulting, Inc. and has over 5 years of experience in .Net and SQL Server development. He's worked on projects ranging from ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:16 AM

ASP.NET MVC Beta Released
If you follow the GWB blogs, chances are you’ll get tired of hearing this. However, the ASP.NET MVC Beta has been released, and I think a good amount of people are very excited for its release. I remember our BRDNUG meeting on the ASP.NET MVC, and how it was hard to tell anyone what would work for which preview version because of the vast differences and changes that occurred between the early previews and the later previews. Now that we have a beta, we should see a lot more stable MVC. From the ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:22 AM

Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group Meeting
In the Baton Rouge Area with as open Tuesday afternoon? Check out the SQL Server Users Group Meeting this week. Location: At Lamar Advertising Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Sponsored By: FuelTrac Presenter: Mike Huguet BIO Mike is an Enterprise Solutions Architect for Sparkhound, Inc. with over 9 years of experience in developing business solutions for Enterprise, Mid-market, and governmental customers. Five of those years have been as a consultant working with clients such as Jiffy ......

Posted On Sunday, October 12, 2008 7:43 PM

Mono 2.0 Released
For those Linux devs who don’t have something adamantly against Microsoft, Mono 2.0 has been released! From the release notes: Mono 2.0 is a portable and open source implementation of the .NET framework for Unix, Windows, MacOS and other operating systems. Release Date: October 6th, 2008 Major Highlights Mono 2.0 is a major milestone in the Mono project, and it supports the following features: Microsoft Compatible APIs ADO.NET 2.0 API for accessing databases. ASP.NET 2.0 API for developing Web-based ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 7, 2008 1:09 PM

Free mail hosting from Windows Live Part 2
Continuing on from what I started in the Part 1 post, I’m going to show you how to get set up with Windows Live mail for your domain (assuming GoDaddy, but correlations will be present). It’s easy, relatively quick, and will result in a free service that ought to minimize your mail frustration. Step 1: Get an account started on domains.live.com To get started, browse over to http://domains.live.com. Towards the bottom of the page, click get started and then enter in your domain information. Leave ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 7, 2008 12:23 PM

Snippets as a natural progression
If you use Visual Studio 2005 or later and you don't use snippets, you are missing out on yet another time saving feature. Snippets effectively allow you to drive your programming experience even further via Intellisense and keyword combinations, making repetitive tasks such as defining properties, encrypting and decrypting information, and connecting to data as easy as a few keystrokes. Yesterday I was thinking about how much snippets make sense from the perspective of programming. I remember when ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 7, 2008 8:43 AM

Free mail hosting from Windows Live Part 1
So you’re running your fancy blog, and you bought a domain from somewhere that you’re using to point to that blog. Next step? You’re really wishing you had a consistent solution (or even any solution) for mail, so that you can have that admin@yoursuperawesomedomai... address to impress your friends and colleagues. Well, Windows Live has a powerful option for you, and best of all it is completely free! Here are some of the great features of getting Windows Live Hotmail to host your domain’s mail: ......

Posted On Sunday, October 5, 2008 11:54 AM

Wondering how to deploy an App in Express Editions?
So you’ve got your free fancy express edition for VB or C#, you’ve created your new godlike application that you’ve just got to get out to the world and then the heavens rain all over your parade because you can’t find those other templates necessary to deploy your application. Now is not the time to give up, you can still get the job done with Click Once deployment, and Mary Lee over at the Visual Basic Team’s blog has got the tutorial to show you how. http://blogs.msdn.com/vbtea... ......

Posted On Friday, October 3, 2008 10:05 AM

The holy grail of what you can get free from Microsoft!
As a student of the University of Phoenix, I have made it a point to mention Dreamspark to every class I attend. Microsoft really does love the community, and is around to help those who use its products for development, or just for leisure as well. There are user groups all over the world that a dev can keep in touch with the latest Microsoft technologies. If you don't like attending groups in this world, there's even groups for virtual worlds. As continued proof of how much they do care about keeping ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 9:40 AM

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