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Microsoft certifications

When looking through job postings I noticed some employers listing MCSD or MCAD certifications. Are these certifications correct ones for web developers? Which track should one choose?. I also noticed ...
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Why does Microsoft charge a fortune for its developer tools?

Microsoft charges thousands of dollars for most versions of Visual Studio. Compare this with companies like Apple and Google and with organizations like GNU and Eclipse that give away developer tools ...
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What is the term for IntelliSense in a non-Microsoft world?

When talking about IDE software or about what a programming language allows you to do or not at the source level, I often use the word IntelliSense, which has a precise meaning in the Microsoft world, ...
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What is needed to deploy an application that uses Microsofts new LocalDB?

I'd like to know what microsoft components need to be installed for this new LocalDB to run on a users machine. Now in CTP3: SQL Server Express LocalDB LocalDB is a new lightweight deployment ...
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Sql Server: Compact and LocalDB Denali

Does anyone knows the differences between these ones? http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/editions/express.aspx (Look for CTP3 LocalDB in the page) ...
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What is the history behind the .NET platform's origins?

I watched Douglas Crockford's JavaScript talks recently, and at one point, he said that Microsoft did not consider JavaScript important because they saw the web as a passing phase of internet usage ...
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if I use .NET Framework for my application, do I have to pay anything to Microsoft?

I am planning to develop an enterprise application using .NET Framework. I will sell that application to other companies. Do I have to make any payment to Microsoft, like royalties or something else?
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Testing BI (Business Intelligence) systems on the MS stack

I'm placing my first steps in the Business Intelligence sector and I'm looking for good ways to test BI systems. I'm going to try to explain what my system consists of so that people unfamiliar with ...
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Should I redo an abandoned Dynamic Data project with Lightswitch?

I had a small project that I was doing on the side. It was basically a couple of forms linked to a DB. Access was out, because it was a specifically meant to be a web application. Being a small ...
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What does a student do at Microsoft Developer Community [closed]

I am studying Software Engineering and I am currently in 4th semester. I was asked represent my college as a Microsoft Student Partner. I refused because it was mostly organizing event. Later I was ...
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Tips and Tricks on Web Page Design on ASP.NET MVC (Razor Syntax)

I am a newbie in web development and have started studying ASP.NET MVC. I noticed that cshtml replaces aspx when using Razor syntax and design view is not supported. Now designing ASP.NET MVC webpages ...
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Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express? [closed]

I just came across this while searching on Google for HTML/CSS tutorials. Does anyone recommend this software for building websites? Or should I just stick to learning pencil and paper hand coding ...
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Best place to learn Component Object Model [closed]

I need to learn COM for my current project. I am a noob and I haven't been able to find good starting points for COM. I have been looking into MSDN and googling... I did find some interesting articles ...
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Correct path towards a Microsoft certification?

So here's my situation - Currently in college and confident, that i want to pursue a career in Microsoft technologies (.NET development more specific). I haven't got any real world experience (as in ...
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The need for source control software - Team Foundation Server? or something different?

Recently, Here at the company, more than one programmer was appointed in charge for a LightSwitch(C#) software development project and immediately there was a need of some sort of source ...
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Credibility of Windows azure architect program from Sundblad & Sundblad

I am planning to attend the Windows Azure Architect Program from S&S. http://www.windowsazurearchitect.com/ Although the website says it is a Microsoft Training Program, not sure how much ...
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Using Microsoft Contoso company for own examples in microsoft based products?

We are currently planning to create a 'preview' version for one of our asp.net mvc apps. Is it allowed to use a company like Microsoft's contoso for such a case (Branding etc.)?
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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Selection Criteria[SO?]

How are Microsoft's MVPs selected? I read somewhere that most of the professionals are selected on the basis of the usenet(other communities) performance. Is is true for SO as well. Can someone be ...
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WPF vs. WinForms - a Delphi programmer's perspective?

I have read most of the major threads on WPF vs. WinForms and I find myself stuck in the unfortunate ambivalence you can fall into when deciding between the tried and true previous tech (Winforms), ...
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Why is WCF is called Windows

I'm wondering why it isn't called Microsoft Communication Foundation. Does it rely on Windows and will it rely on Windows in the foreseeable future?
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How long was Microsoft working on .NET before they released it?

With the whole CLI, CTS, CLS, etc., not only did they release a powerful platform/infrastructure, but they released all the specs that describe it etc. It supports potentially infinite myriad ...
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Does Microsoft really offer “support”? [closed]

One of the arguments against using Open Source is that there is no "support". However, do big vendors (e.g. Microsoft) really offer "support" of any kind? I'm sure there is some sort of ...
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Qt's future in the light of Nokia-Microsoft partnership

In case you missed it, a lot has happened in the last two day that could potentially impact the Qt framework, for the worse. :-( It will impact the mobile sector in several and probably not currently ...
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Microsoft's Software Development Engineer in Test position [closed]

I was curious about MS's Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) position. I've heard a lot of people speak negatively and positively about this position. I was wondering if any current or ...
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In the world of .Net, managed code and the web is there still a place for VBA?

Microsoft has moved away from the COM stack, VB6 is so last century and .Net rules the (MS) roost. Yet I find myself still banging out reams of VBA code am I dinosaur? The need for VBA is a new ...
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Becoming a microsoft partner organisation

Does anyone know the process of becoming a microsoft partner for an organisation. What the requirements and process are?
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How can I transition to a job using the Microsoft stack?

I graduated from university with a computer science degree (BSc), having done some C, C++, Java, Python, and Oracle along the way. I did some freelancing while I was at university and carried this ...
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Reason to use mingw win32 headers and libs with LLVM/Clang

Is there any good reason (except "GCC is better") to use the MinGW win32api/headers/libs with LLVM/Clang. Suppose that in two to three years, Clang has matured enough (in C++0x and performance) that ...
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Microsoft SDE Interview vs Microsoft SDET Interview and Resources to Study

I have always heard that SDE interviews are much harder to crack than SDET. Is it really true? I have also heard that if candidate doesnt do well in SDE interview he is also sometimes offered SDET ...
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Who gives direction to the overall product offering and innovation?

I sometimes wonder how CEOs or Founders of companies like Microsoft and Oracle manage the overall technology movement and product link-up. Take for example Oracle, it started with the database only ...
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Why do so few large websites run a Microsoft stack?

Off the top of my head, I can think of a handful of large sites which utilize the Microsoft stack Microsoft.com Dell MySpace PlentyOfFish StackOverflow Hotmail, Bing, WindowsLive However, based ...
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Anyone who has taken 70-515 TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 exam? [closed]

I'm planning to take 70-515 exam and I can't find any training kit for it from MS press at the moment. Therefore, I'm reading the book for 70-562 which covers framework 3.5. I would like to know if ...
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What does an MSDN subscription offer? [closed]

I'm curious because I notice that the Ultimate subscription costs $12,000... for one year (after that, it's $3,800 to renew). Looking at the subscription chart, you do get quite a bit of software that ...
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Can a developer get a discount for Microsoft products? [closed]

If I would start to focus on the .NET platform and be self-employed, then I probably would like to have some Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2010 licenses just for the development ...
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When is it appropriate to use Microsoft's Enterprise Library (EntLib)?

I'm not exactly sure when to use Enterprise Library, and when not to... and that is making me not learn it at all. I feel that I have enough of a reason to start learning then perhaps one day I'll ...