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Imagine Cup U.S. Site Is Live - Register Today We've launched the Imagine Cup U.S. site. Students who are currently enrolled in U.S. schools can register for two different types of projects: software design & game design. Registered teams will be eligible to win a variety of prizes, including a US$10,000 prize sweepstakes. Windows Mobile 6.5 Set to Launch October 6The next generation of Windows phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 will be available starting October 6. Manufacturers - including Hewlett Packard, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba - have partnered with Microsoft to release new devices optimized for the latest version of Windows Mobile. Included in this update is Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which will allow developers to create unique applications that run on the Windows Mobile platform, and sell them to millions of consumers around the world. Get more information on how you can get started developing applications for Windows Mobile and the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and learn about the launch of the next generation of Windows phones with Windows Mobile 6.5.
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Part 8 of this multipart series about improving an existing "classic" ASP.NET Web application focuses on better ways to wire together loosely coupled applications using dependency injection and an inversion of control container.
Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer is a free stand-alone visual debugging tool that makes it faster and easier to migrate your sites from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 7 or 8. Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer shows your Web pages rendered in IE 6 and either IE 7 or IE 8, depending on which version you have installed on your machine. Also, download the Microsoft Expression Web 3 Trial.
Doloto is a performance optimization tool for AJAX applications. Doloto works by rewriting the application to load its JavaScript code on demand, thereby reducing the startup time and making the application more responsive.
Join Microsoft on September 29 at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time for the New Efficiency Virtual Event live from San Francisco. Find sessions related to new releases of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Mark your calendars; watch it live; and submit questions in advance to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The Windows Cache Extension 1.0 for PHP is a PHP accelerator that is used to significantly increase the speed of PHP code running on Windows operating systems. Once the Windows Cache Extension for PHP is enabled and loaded by the PHP engine, PHP applications can take advantage of the functionality without any code modifications. Windows Cache Extension for PHP Beta can be installed with the Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 RC and works with IIS 7.5, 7.0, 6.0, and 5.1.
Download the Developing SharePoint Applications guidance for building collaborative applications that extend your line-of-business systems. This guidance helps architects and developers design, build, and test intranet and enterprise-scale SharePoint applications.
September 23, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time See how to create requirements for work-item traceability and perform impact analysis with Rational DOORS and Team Foundation Server.
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Available on demand starting September 21, this series of short how-to videos will touch on SQL Server Express 2008 features such as how to back up and restore a SQL Express database, how to back up a remote SQL Express database, how to update SQL Server Express 2005 to SQL Server Express 2008, and more.
This series of on-demand Web seminars will walk through the technology fundamentals, data, graphics, .NET RIA Services of Silverlight 3, and more.
In this geekSpeak, Mark Rosenberg introduces us to the Microsoft Web Deployment Tool and shows us how the tool is used to easily move configuration information, content, secure sockets layer (SSL) certificates, and other types of data associated with a Web server.
In this webcast, Mike Benkovich explores the ins and outs of basic, and not so basic, data binding. Learn about using value converters in one-way and two-way binding, using binding to affect the layout and style of your UI, data binding in XAML, and creating a custom object to bind to.
In this webcast, we introduce you to the new gesture APIs available on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 platform.
Web Parts are one of the core ASP.NET technologies used by SharePoint to present dynamic information to users. Attend this introductory virtual lab to learn how you can benefit from using Web Parts.
Explore how you can build offline smart client applications in a RAD way that synchronizes a back-end database with a local instance of Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5.
This lab provides an introduction to the development of a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client with Visual Studio 2008.
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As a developer, you are faced with an almost impossible task. If you make one mistake, you lose. An attacker only has to find a single flaw in order to breach the application.
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September 28 - October 2, San Francisco, CAOctober 19 & 21, onlineExplore the internals of key Windows kernel components and mechanisms with the Sysinternals tools in David Solomon Expert Seminars' hands-on Windows OS internals classes.
For a limited time, get 2+ hours of award-winning AppDev online learning for SSAS, featuring industry expert Ann Weber. You'll receive step-by-step demonstrations and code walkthroughs, hands-on lab exercises, sample code, and printable courseware.
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Using Visual Studio Team System and Microsoft Visual F#, Grange Insurance parallelized its rating engine to take better advantage of multicore server hardware, and garnered significant performance benefits. Processes that used to require hours now take just minutes.
Through its use of Office SharePoint Server 2007, Kraft is expecting to save millions of dollars over the next two years in agency fees, support costs, and development costs.
To reduce errors and improve patient care, Fred IT Group created an electronic prescription solution built on the Microsoft Health Connection Engine, including BizTalk Server 2006 R2.
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Open source, based on jQuery, the Extensions allow for building rich views in an ASP.NET MVC environment. Download a free CTP.
This introduction to XML and XMLSpy reviews basic concepts, the anatomy of XML documents and schemas, and the XMLSpy interface.
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