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  • Microsoft's message at TechEd: make the most of what you have

    Businesses are less likely to invest in brand-new projects, so Microsoft's message at this year's TechEd is for developers to use their existing resources to their fullest.

  • How to convince management to buy Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

    Visual Studio 2008 has some great features, but getting management to part with money isn't always easy. Read seven reasons for why it's worth the investment so you know how to convince your boss.

  • Silverlight plug-in for Eclipse highlights Microsoft's work on interop

    Microsoft says the new plug-in, which was developed by Microsoft partner Soyatec, represents another step toward interoperability and its ongoing relationship with the open source community.

  • Java application frameworks come to .NET

    Third-party application frameworks have been popular in the Java world for years, but several projects are now trying to bring those tools to .NET. Frameworks like Spring for .NET are introducing developers to concepts like aspect-oriented programming (AOP) and domain driven design (DDD).

  • Microsoft previews new features in Visual Studio 2010

    VS2010 is still a bit away, but Microsoft is already putting out material to let people know what to expect. Learn about some of the new features in Visual Studio 2010, like code modeling and new tools for reporting bugs and creating tests.

  • D

    D is one of two programming languages, Digital Mars D, an object-oriented metaprogramming language, or Microsoft D, a key component of the upcoming Oslo development environment.

  • Cosmos

    Cosmos is an open source, evolving, .NET-based operating system development tool. The acronym stands for "C# Open Source Managed Operating System." (Continued...)

  • Microsoft sparks creativity with DreamSpark student developer program

    Enrolled students can get their hands on VS 2008. Microsoft's developer program is aimed at increasing the ranks of computer science students versed in its tools.

  • Assessing Microsoft's bid for Yahoo

    Microsoft's bid to buy Yahoo has sparked a whirlwind of analysis, rumor and debate. Here we offer a look at what has developed and try to tell you what it all means.

  • Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion

    Microsoft announced early Friday that it has made a proposal to the board of directors of Yahoo to buy the company for $31 a share, which amounts to $44.6 billion.

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  • Silverlight Tutorial

    Silverlight is Microsoft's framework for building browser- and platform-agnostic Web apps. This resource will help developers see what Silverlight can do for them.

  • New features in Windows 7 bring new UI considerations for developers

    A lot of the new features in Windows 7 are cosmetic, but programmers should update their applications to keep up with the new look and feel. And if developers haven't updated their code to elevate UAC privileges correctly, there's no time like the present.

  • Free book from Microsoft brings patterns and practices to .NET

    The 400-page book on application architecture -- available free on codeplex -- is a good read that brings a long line of patterns and practices concepts to the .NET framework.

  • Return to CodePlex: Into the Sandcastle…

    You can create documentation automatically as you program in .NET using Microsoft's Sandcastle open-source software. Microsoft's Sandcastle returned to the CodePlex Open Source Project Community web site after being taken away last month. Sandcastle works with Visual Studio.

  • VBScript Tutorial

    VBScript (Visual Basic Scripting Edition) is an interpreted scripting language from Microsoft. It is a subset of the Visual Basic programming language and follows the same syntax. Learn more in this introductory tutorial.

  • Ajax Learning Guide

    Are you a Web developer? The time has come to rethink your entire approach to developing Web applications. Find out about the Ajax approach (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) and learn how Web developers using Ajax are enriching the user experience with a more responsive interface.

  • LINQ Learning Guide

    This learning guide examines LINQ, one of the most important new features of Visual Studio 2008.

  • F# Programming Fast Guide

    F# is a functional programming language that runs on the CLR and the .NET Framework. This Fast Guide links to resources that introduce and explain F#.

  • Agile Development Learning Guide

    The Agile approach offers an enticing alternative to "developer make-work" that is so often done in the name of a fixed process. This collection of resources on Agile software development methods, compiled by Brent Sheets, is an introduction to the Agile movement.

  • .NET User Groups Learning Guide

    Looking to connect with other .NET developers and architects? This learning guide will help you find the user group nearest you.

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  • scripting language

    A scripting language is a form of programming language that is usually interpreted rather than compiled... (Continued)

  • Microsoft expands 'How Do I' video tutorial series

    Building on the success of the "How Do I" video series for ASP.NET and ASP.NET AJAX, Microsoft has released video tutorials for nine more topics of interest to .NET developers.

  • RSS

    RSS is an XML-based vocabulary that specifies a means of sharing news headlines and other content between Web sites.

  • Windows File System (WinFS)

    The Windows File System (WFS) is Microsoft's new storage system for its upcoming SQL server release. Along with serving as a database for structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, WinFS serves as a programming model that lets developers exchange data across applications and organize data in more constructive ways.

  • smoke testing

    Smoke testing is non-exhaustive software testing, ascertaining that the most crucial functions of a program work, but not bothering with finer details. The term originated from a similarly basic type of hardware testing, in which the device passed...

  • Survey: Time, money often drive choices for Microsoft developers

    VB 6 still dominates the landscape, but developers are gradually adopting VB.NET and C# where practical, and adding Web app development to the many hats they wear.

  • Cash in on Visual Studio 2005 e-learning discounts

    Developers can take Microsoft's online training courses for Visual Studio 2005 at a discounted rate between now and Aug. 31.Developers can subscribe to Microsoft's online training courses for Visual Studio 2005 at a discounted rate between now and Aug. 31.

  • podcast: What readers said about the state of VB

    Our latest podcast looks at the results of a recent reader survey. Find out what two of your peers said about VB in particular and software development in general.

  • survey: VB.NET making progress, but VB 6 still No. 1

    Our latest reader survey shows an increase in VB.NET development, though VB 6 remains the language of choice for readers. Results also indicate an uptick in Web development.

  • Visual Basic programming: Second class no more

    Visual Basic programming is not the realm of code bangers that don't really know what the computer is doing with their code -- and the MS patterns & practices folks get it.

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  • static IP address/dynamic IP address

    A static IP address is a number (in the form of a dotted quad) that is assigned to a computer by an Internet service provider (ISP) to be its permanent address on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses to locate and talk to each other on the Internet, much the same way people use phone numbers to locate and talk to one another on the telephone. When you want to visit, your computer asks a domain name system (DNS) server (think telephone information operator) for the correct dotted quad number (think phone number) for and your computer uses the answer it receives to connect to the server.

  • Expression

    Expression is Microsoft's new set of products for application designers. The Expression suite is due for a general release in 2006 and is viewed by many as Microsoft's response to Adobe's popular Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash graphic design products.

  • Atlas

    Atlas was the codename for a free Web client framework, created by Microsoft, that simplifies the creation of sites by integrating client script libraries with the rich, server-based platform of ASP.NET 2.0. Atlas is now called ASP .NET AJAX. Simply put, Atlas allows AJAX functionality in Visual Studio. (...Continued)

  • .NET

    .NET is both a business strategy from Microsoft and its collection of programming support for Web services. (Continued...)

  • Programmer's Day

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  • HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)

    HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the set of rules for transferring files (text, graphic images, sound, video, and other multimedia files) on the World Wide Web. As soon as a Web user opens their Web browser, the user is indirectly making use of HTTP. HTTP is an application protocol that runs on top of the TCP/IP suite of protocols (the foundation protocols for the Internet).

  • reparse point

    A reparse point is an object in a file system with attributes that activate extended functionality... (Continued)

  • Visual InterDev

    Visual InterDev is Microsoft's development tool for building a dynamic, data-driven Web site.

  • New certifications will become reality in 2006

    Exams, curricula and processes for Microsoft's revamped certifications will begin to appear in 2006, and the program will expand as Windows Vista, Exchange 12 and Office 12 are released. But IT professionals may be too busy upgrading software to upgrade their own credentials.

  • New certifications, same old doubts

    Microsoft unveils the first entries in its revamped credentials program today, with offerings based on SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. The new program will certify technology specialists in specific product areas and award professional credentials targeted to specific job roles. But many IT professionals see the certifications mainly as 'the icing, not the cake.'

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