Guy Barrette, Microsoft, Regional Director, Montreal, Canada, Visual Studio, .NET Expertise April 2008 - Posts - Guy Barrette

Guy Barrette

Microsoft Regional Director, Montreal, Canada

April 2008 - Posts

Montreal Team System User Group Inaugural Meeting

Tomorrow, we are launching a new user group dedicated to the application life cycle with Team System and Team Foundation Server in Montreal.

Etienne Tremblay and Claude Remillard, both Team System MVPs, will run the group.  They will also present on the inaugural meeting.

More info at www.guvsm.net

Survol de Visual Studio Team System et Roadmap

29 avril 2008 à 18:15

 

VSTS
Conférenciers: Claude Remillard, MVP Team System et Étienne Tremblay, MVP Team System

Étienne Tremblay est un architecte sénior chez EDS Canada avec plus de 15 ans d'expérience en développement d'applications d'entreprises. Il a travaillé dans les industries minières et manufacturières et récemment, la gestion de configuration et outillage de développement. Il a développé un système pour surveiller la qualité dans la fabrication de voitures, un système de gestion de réclamations, un système d’opération et de surveillance de mines et un système de gestion de  d'itinéraires en utilisant des modèles d'application n tiers. Tout au long de ces années il est devenu un expert en matière d'outillage de cycle de vie de développement de logiciels et a été l'un des architectes de la solution corporative Visual Studio Team System chez EDS. Cette initiative l’a amené à voyager autour du monde pour donner de la formation adaptée aux développeurs .NET d'EDS. Il a été un conférencier lors de plusieurs conférences internationales en 2005, 2006 et 2007 sur Visual Studio. Il a aussi donné une conférence virtuelle pour MSDN sur « comment adopté Visual Studio Team System ». Il représente EDS sur le Conseil Consultatif de Microsoft pour Team System. Il a été attribué le statut de MVP Team System en 2006 et 2007 et a été choisi comme juge pour la compétition internationale de Design de Logiciel de l’Imagine Cup 2007 en Corée du Sud.

M. Rémillard est co-fondateur et président de la firme InCycle et a obtenu le statut de MVP Team System en 2007. Au cours de ces dernières années, M. Rémillard présente régulièrement a diverses tribunes au sujet des meilleures pratiques en gestion du cycle de vie des applications, tout autant pour le compte d’InCycle que celui de Microsoft. Précédemment, il a occupé divers postes de direction dans le secteur du développement logiciel. Il a notamment été président d’Acceleron, une société de développement de logiciels qui a mis au point et commercialisé une solution de gestion des dépenses pour laquelle près d’un demi-million de licences ont été vendues dans le monde.

Posted: Apr 28 2008, 08:51 PM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Students: 2 days left to get Office 2007 Ultimate for $60

If you're a student and want a legal copy of Office 2007 Ultimate, you can get one for $60US or $65 CAD but you must hurry, this Microsoft offer ends in 2 days!

US:  http://www.theultimatesteal.com
Canada: http://www.theultimatesteal.ca/

Others countries: Spain, France, Italy, UK, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan and Correa.

 

Posted: Apr 28 2008, 08:12 PM by guybarrette | with 3 comment(s)
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SQL Injection Attacks on IIS Web Servers

There have been conflicting reports about SQL Server injection attacks and a possible new IIS vulnerability.

  • This is not related to a new IIS or SQL or ASP.NET vulnerability
  • A bot is scanning the Web trying SQL Server injections
  • Of course, it is finding a lot of poorly designed non secured pages

Get the facts and learn about injection attacks:
http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2008/04/25/sql-injection-attacks-on-iis-web-servers.aspx

 

Posted: Apr 26 2008, 08:32 AM by guybarrette | with 3 comment(s) |
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DevTeach Toronto is coming - Register!

If you're living in Toronto and don't attend DevTeach, I'm gonna beat you up and force you to code in Clipper for the rest of your life.  Seriously, DevTeach has one of the greatest speakers lineup of all the .NET conferences.

Honestly, where can you hear, see, talk to, describe your problems (IT/Dev related or not) and have a beer with these guys/gals?

And that's only half of them!!!

Need more reasons?

Keynote by Scott Hanselman, Microsoft
Scott Hanselman is one of the most prolific, renowned and respected blogger (http://www.hanselman.com) and podcaster (http://www.hanselminutes.com) about technologies. Scott is a hands-on thinker, a renowned speaker and writer. He has written a few books, most recently with Bill Evjen and Devin Rader on Professional ASP.NET. In July 2007, he joined Microsoft as a Senior Program Manager in the Developer Division. In his new role he'll continue to explore and explain a broad portfolio of technologies, both inside and outside Microsoft. He aims to spread the good word about developing software, most often on the Microsoft stack. Before this he was the Chief Architect at Corillian Corporation, now a part of Checkfree, for 6+ years and before that he was a Principal Consultant at STEP Technology for nearly 7 years.
http://www.devteach.com/keynote.aspx

Silverlight 2.0 workshop
For the first time an independent conference is having a workshop on Building Business Applications with Silverlight 2.0.  Join Rod Paddock and Jim Duffy as they give you a head start down the road to developing business-oriented Rich Internet Applications (RIA) with Microsoft Silverlight 2.0. In case you just crawled out from under a rock, Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in positioned to revolutionize the way next generation Rich Internet Applications are developed. Microsoft’s commitment to providing an extensive platform for developers and designers to collaborate on creating the next generation of RIAs is very clear and its name is Silverlight 2.0. In this intensive, full-day workshop, Rod and Jim will share their insight and experience building business applications with Silverlight 2.0 including a review of some of the Internet’s more visible Silverlight web applications. This workshop is happening on Friday May 16 at the Hilton Toronto.
http://www.devteach.com/PostConference.aspx#PreSP

Bonus session: .NET Rock host a panel May 14th at 18:00
This year the bonus session (Wednesday May 14 at 18:00) will be a panel of speakers debating the Future of .NET. Where is .NET going? How will new development influence .NET and be influenced by .NET? Join Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell from .NET Rocks as they moderate a discussion on the future directions of .NET. The panellists include individuals who have strong visions of the future of software development and the role that .NET can play in that future. Attend this session and bring your questions to get some insight into the potential future of .NET! This bonus session is free for everyone. Panelists are: Ted Neward,Oren Eini ,Scott Bellware
http://www.devteach.com/BonusSession.aspx

Party with Palermo, DevTeach Toronto Edition
Jeffrey Palermo (MVP) is hosting Monday May 12th in Toronto is acclaimed "Party with Palermo". This is the official social event  kicking off DevTeach Toronto. The event is not just for the attendees of Toronto it’s  a free event for everyone. It’s a unique chance for the attendees, speakers and locals  to meet and talk with a free beer.   The event will be held at the Menage club  location and you need to RSVP to attend. Get all the details at this link:
http://www.partywithpalermo.com/

Make sure that DevTeach comes back to Toronto.  Register right now for this year's conference.

Posted: Apr 25 2008, 08:29 PM by guybarrette | with 2 comment(s)
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Pictures from the MVP Summit 2008

Pictures from the MVP Summit 2008 (some from Laurent Duveau).

Link to the full album:

MVP Summit 2008

Most notables (click for larger pictures)...

Sea of red

The Montreal MVPs

And their jerseys

Going to the Summit in style

ScottGu

SteveB wearing the Canadian jersey during his keynote thanks to Barry Gervin

The French MVPs had to wear what?  Looks like they weren't happy about it  ;-)

However, we had so much fun with them

Posted: Apr 24 2008, 10:47 PM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Montreal VS UG: Launch of the Team System SIG

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more info at www.guvsm.net

Prochaine assemblée

Mardi 29 avril 2008

Meeting inaugural du groupe d’intérêt Team System

VSTS

Survol de Visual Studio Team System et Roadmap
Conférenciers: Claude Remillard, MVP Team System et Étienne Tremblay, MVP Team System


Étienne Tremblay est un architecte sénior chez EDS Canada avec plus de 15 ans d'expérience en développement d'applications d'entreprises. Il a travaillé dans les industries minières et manufacturières et récemment, la gestion de configuration et outillage de développement. Il a développé un système pour surveiller la qualité dans la fabrication de voitures, un système de gestion de réclamations, un système d’opération et de surveillance de mines et un système de gestion de d'itinéraires en utilisant des modèles d'application n tiers. Tout au long de ces années il est devenu un expert en matière d'outillage de cycle de vie de développement de logiciels et a été l'un des architectes de la solution corporative Visual Studio Team System chez EDS. Cette initiative l’a amené à voyager autour du monde pour donner de la formation adaptée aux développeurs .NET d'EDS. Il a été un conférencier lors de plusieurs conférences internationales en 2005, 2006 et 2007 sur Visual Studio. Il a aussi donné une conférence virtuelle pour MSDN sur « comment adopté Visual Studio Team System ». Il représente EDS sur le Conseil Consultatif de Microsoft pour Team System. Il a été attribué le statut de MVP Team System en 2006 et 2007 et a été choisi comme juge pour la compétition internationale de Design de Logiciel de l’Imagine Cup 2007 en Corée du Sud.

M. Rémillard est co-fondateur et président de la firme InCycle et a obtenu le statut de MVP Team System en 2007. Au cours de ces dernières années, M. Rémillard présente régulièrement a diverses tribunes au sujet des meilleures pratiques en gestion du cycle de vie des applications, tout autant pour le compte d’InCycle que celui de Microsoft. Précédemment, il a occupé divers postes de direction dans le secteur du développement logiciel. Il a notamment été président d’Acceleron, une société de développement de logiciels qui a mis au point et commercialisé une solution de gestion des dépenses pour laquelle près d’un demi-million de licences ont été vendues dans le monde.

Posted: Apr 24 2008, 09:16 PM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Book Review: Learning WCF

Learning WCF

Author: Michele Leroux Bustamante
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
ISBN-10: 0596101627
ISBN-13: 978-0596101626
Retail Price: $44.99 US, $58.99 CDN
Publication Date: May 2007
Softcover: 582 pages
Online information: Table of contents, source code
URL: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596101626/
Book URL: http://www.thatindigogirl.com/

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is a set of .NET technologies for building and running connected systems. It unifies various technologies previously available like Web Services and .NET Remoting into a single programming model and let you build Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications.

“Learning WCF” is a book targeted at experienced .NET developers wanting to learn WCF from scratch. In the first chapters, the author explains what services are and the whole idea behind SOA. She then guides you thru the WCF path learning about contracts, bindings, hosting, concurrency, reliability and security. You’ll find plenty of code examples and each one is explained in details. To help you apply the WCF concepts, each chapter has a lab that you can just read or experiment with by downloading the source code. The approach in these labs is a “step by step” one and often, the author guides you thru one path then backtracks and explains you a different way to accomplish the same thing. This is very useful to get a good understanding of the technology.

Even thought the title has the word “learning” in it, the book will get plenty of mileage serving as a reference book in the future and don’t think that it’s a “light” book; most of the concepts explained are advanced ones. I often had to reread complete sections not because they were poorly written but because of the vast amount of information provided.

WCF is vast and learning it is not a simple task but thanks to Michele Leroux Bustamante’s “Learning WCF”, this process is a lot simpler. High praises for “Learning WCF”.

Posted: Apr 24 2008, 08:19 PM by guybarrette | with no comments |
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Patterns & Practices Quebec City Summit - Almost Sold Out

If you're planning to attend the Patterns & Practices Quebec City Summit but haven't registered yet, do it right away!  I just heard from Joel Quimper that the Summit is almost sold out, less then a dozen seats are still available.

http://www.pnpsummit.com/queb2008.aspx

Posted: Apr 24 2008, 01:05 PM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Code Access Security Primer

I was trying to explain quickly what Code Access Security is to someone when I found this blog entry from Emmet Gray:
http://home.hot.rr.com/graye/Articles/CodeAccessSecurity.htm

In a nutshell, he explains why your code won't run if run from a network share and what are CAS, mscorcfg.msc and caspol.exe.  It's a great 5 minutes CAS primer.

Posted: Apr 24 2008, 12:24 PM by guybarrette | with no comments
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How to deploy the Crystal Reports 2008 Basic Runtime

If you created reports using Visual Studio 2008 and Crystal Reports 2008 Basic (the one included with VS) and you want to deploy your app on a server, you'll also need to deploy the CR runtime.  Your first reaction might be to go to the Business Objects Website and download the CR 2008 runtime.

http://support.businessobjects.com/downloads/runtime.asp#08

Well, that's the wrong runtime.  That one is for the "full" version of CR 2008 (version 12).  The CR included with VS 2008 is the basic one (version 10.5).

So where do I get the basic (10.5) runtime?  It's right on your machine:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\CrystalReports10_5

 

Posted: Apr 24 2008, 11:14 AM by guybarrette | with 82 comment(s)
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