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

Guy Barrette

Microsoft Regional Director, Montreal, Canada

May 2008 - Posts


[From Henrik Lykke Nielsen]

VB goes prime time on CSI NY!

Posted: May 20 2008, 06:29 PM by guybarrette | with 7 comment(s)
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GUVSM Next Meeting: Wednesday May 21th (French)


More info at


Sujet: Survol des extensions ASP.NET 3.5
Mercredi 21 mai 2008 à 18:15
Conférencier: Dominic Sévigny, MVP ASP.NET
En première partie, cette présentation portera sur le nouveau « framework » ASP.NET MVC de Microsoft. Voyez comment Microsoft prévoit d'implémenter le "Model View Controler" à ASP.NET en utilisant et en intégrant les "features" existants. Nous verrons les pour et les contres d'une telle architecture et l’impact sur vos projets existants. En deuxième partie, nous verrons les autres "features" d’ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions tels que les nouveaux contrôles, les données dynamiques ainsi que le contrôle "History" pour les applications AJAX.

Dominic Sévigny est président de RunAtServer Consulting, une entreprise spécialisée dans la consultation ASP.NET et offrant une expertise de développement Web exemplaire par la qualité de ses développeurs séniors. Dominic est reconnu comme étant un conférencier très dynamique. En effet, il donne à l’occasion des conférences sur les technologies Web telles que ASP.NET et Ajax. Il a donné plusieurs conférences au Groupe d’usagers Visual Studio de Montréal ainsi qu’au DevTeach où il a été nommé « Best Speaker » en 2007. Il est le formateur exclusif de toutes les formations ASP.NET et AJAX pour le plus grand centre de formation de Montréal, Technologia

Posted: May 20 2008, 06:52 AM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Xobni is pretty cool but...

Xobni (Inbox backward) is a great Outlook add-in that add some cool features that let you find information more easily.

It's still in Beta and I encountered a recurring problem where Outlook would simply not close properly and I had to kill it in Task Manager.  Upon restart, it complained that it didn't shut down properly and went to check it's data files so I uninstalled Xobni and I will give it a try when it's more baked.

However, I must say that Derek Hatchard and Joel Semeniuk are using it intensively without problems.

Posted: May 19 2008, 09:12 PM by guybarrette | with 5 comment(s)
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Enterprise Library 4 is now released


Microsoft as released Enterprise Library 4.0.

You can download it here:

You can read about it here:

You can read about the new features here:

You can read the online documentation here:



Posted: May 19 2008, 01:47 PM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Digital Cameras Findings

While browsing a little bit for digital cameras stuff this morning while sipping my latte, I found a couple of interesting sites.

First, Flickr.  Yeah, yeah, nothing new there I known but this Flickr page is very interesting:

It lists the cameras that Flickr users used.  You can select the model you're interested in and see "real people" (not just pro photographers) results.  Cool!

For digital camera reviews, I used to go to Steve's Digicams and now discovered very thorough reviews at Digital Photography Review.

Posted: May 19 2008, 11:56 AM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Virtual PC 2007 SP1

Virtual PC 2007 SP1 is now available.

This update for Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 includes support for the following additional Host and Guest Operating Systems:

Additonal Guest Operating System support:
Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Vista® Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Server® 2008 Standard
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3

Additional Host Operating System support:
Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Vista® Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3

Posted: May 19 2008, 10:39 AM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Visual Studio Talk Show #74 is online (French)


Christian Beauclair: Stratégies de migration VB6 vers .NET

Nous discutons avec Christian Beauclair des stratégies de migration VB6 vers .NET. Entre autres, nous discutons comment utiliser le "VB 6 Code Advisor" et le "Interop Forms Toolkit" pour ajouter la puissance du Framework .NET à vos applications VB6 existantes.

Christian Beauclair fait partie de l’équipe MSDN Canada et est basé à Ottawa. Il est avec Microsoft depuis 13 ans et a une passion toute spéciale pour le développement d’application sous toutes ses facettes. Il a écrit des programmes en Modula-2, xBase, VB6, et maintenant en C#. Il a été impliqué dans le développement de plusieurs applications majeures avec Microsoft et son ancien employeur. Sa passion s’étend aussi aux jeux (il avait son Xbox 360 réservé 6 mois avant la sortie). Il fût aussi un des membres fondateurs de la communauté .NET d’Ottawa et fait partie de son comité.

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Posted: May 19 2008, 10:05 AM by guybarrette | with no comments
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The Millennials Are Coming!

The Millennials are coming and here's an interesting video from CBS 60 Minutes about them and how the workplace is impacted.

Posted: May 19 2008, 08:32 AM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Imaginet Spring 2008 Webcast Series

Joel Semeniuk, RD for Winnipeg and known as "Joel from Canada", mentioned to me that his company (Imaginet) started a series of free Webcasts. 

Imaginet is now providing in-depth technology Seminars covering a wide range of topics. These seminars are designed to help you approach some common and not-so-common programming challenges and provide you the opportunity to interact with our staff of experts. These sessions are also short and to the point - only 30 minutes long. It's a great way to stay in the lead on technology issues and also offer some of your own knowledge on these topics. We sincerely hope you enjoy the series.

Take a look at:

Posted: May 19 2008, 08:09 AM by guybarrette | with no comments
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Heading to DevTeach Toronto

I'm heading to Toronto for DevTeach where I'll talk about the tooling in VS 2008 pre SP1. Here's my session's description:

Visual Studio 2008 IDE : Grand tour of (some) of the new features

In this session, Guy Barrette will take you to a grand tour of some of the coolest new features found in Visual Studio 2008 IDE. Be advised that this session will focus on the IDE and the tooling and that Windows and Web development will be covered. So what are some of the new Visual Studio 2008 cool features? Project compatibility with VS 2005; targeting a specific .NET Framework version; WF, WCF and WPF integrated designers; workflow enabled services; SQL Server Compact Edition integration; local database cache; enhanced CSS support; enhanced JavaScript support and debugging.

Posted: May 14 2008, 06:54 AM by guybarrette | with no comments
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