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Book Review - C# 5.0 in a Nutshell, 5th Edition The Definitive Reference

C# 5.0 in a Nutshell, by Joseph Albahari and Ben Albahari, is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about the C# programming language. It serves as a one-stop reference to learning the fundamentals of C#, understanding the underlying framework, and mastering the advanced capabilities of the C# programming language For developers new to the .NET Framework that are looking to focus on development areas such as WCF services or ASP.NET web application development, you will need a supplement ......

Windows 8 Camp–Ways to Prepare

When Windows 8 was announced at the BUILD conference back in September, it created quite a buzz among the developer community. By the spring of 2012, Windows 8 Developer Camps started popping up everywhere imaginable. I received a lot of questions from CTTDNUG members about whether or not we would be hosting one locally. If you recall my post about the Windows Phone/Azure Developer Workshop that CTTDNUG hosted back in March, you’ll remember that the biggest hurdle to overcome when planning this type ......

Trials and Tribulations of Organizing A Full Day Workshop

Today I was finally able to post the registration site for an upcoming full day workshop that our .NET User Group had been anticipating for quite some time. Although this seems like a trivial thing to get head over heels excited about, getting to this point took months of planning, organizing, polling, budgeting, begging and cold calling. So pardon me while I round a few cartwheels to celebrate this milestone. When the good folks at Microsoft put forth the offer to the User Groups to host a full ......

The Benefits of Volunteering

I sent out an email newsletter to my local user group members recently to discuss the benefits of putting their IT skills to use. I felt it was important to reiterate that message here, just in case someone happens to actually read it and finds value in the message. So here’s the excerpt from that newsletter: The holiday season is approaching, which means it’s the season for giving! Why don’t you consider volunteering your time and your super mad .NET skills to a good cause? Visit getvolunteering.ca ......

Book Review – Developer’s Guide To Collections in Microsoft® .NET

Developer’s Guide To Collections in Microsoft® .NET, by Calvin Janes, discusses the various collections available in the built-in NET libraries, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using each type of collection. Other areas are also covered including how collections utilize memory, how to use LINQ with collections, using threading with collections, serializing collections, and how to bind collections to controls in Windows Forms, WPF and Silverlight. For developers looking for a simple ......