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Workflow Foundation

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

Workflow Foundation (WF) provides significant enhancements in this release such as explicit data model and fully declarative experience for authoring activities, a new Flowchart modeling style, deeper integration with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and high performance runtime engine.

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Office Development in Visual Studio 2010

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

Visual Studio 2010 comes with improved Office Development functionality. You can now deploy multiple Office Solutions in one package which will appear as a single entry in the Add/Remove Programs in Windows XP or Programs and Features in Windows Vista. Visual Studio 2010 now also allows you to perform additional actions after the Office solution installation is complete such as copy documents or workbooks to the end user computer, create extra registry keys, or modify a configuration file.

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Silverlight and WPF Data Binding in Visual Studio 2010

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

Visual Studio 2010 now offers Drag and Drop data binding for WPF applications. After you add a data source to your project, you can generate data-bound Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) controls by dragging items from the Data Sources window to the WPF Designer.

 

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SharePoint Development in Visual Studio 2010

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

Visual Studio 2010 provides an alternative to creating SharePoint applications through SharePoint Designer. Visual Studio promotes rapid SharePoint development by providing such features as advanced debugging tools, IntelliSense, statement completion, and project templates. Visual Studio also takes advantage of advanced .NET Framework-based tools and languages. SharePoint projects can be developed by using either Visual Basic or Visual C#.

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VMware Offers IT Professionals an Opportunity to “Upgrade” Their Certification

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

VMware launched an “Upgrade” promotion last month that may be of interest to your IT candidates.

In order to promote their new VCP4 certification, VMware is allowing participating candidates who fail a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere™ 4 exam (exam code – VCP410) to have a free re-take. However, in order to participate in this offer, candidates must register for their first (full-priced) VCP4 exam using the unique voucher code sent to them by VMware. This promotion launched on September 30, 2009, and both full-priced and free re-take exams must be scheduled and taken by December 31, 2009.

If a candidate has questions related to this offer; please advise them to contact VMware at certification@vmware.com.

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Citrix Gives Eligible IT Professionals the Opportunity to “Get Current”

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

Citrix launched a “Get Current” promotion last month that may be of interest to your IT candidates.

Citrix is allowing eligible candidates whose certifications have lapsed the opportunity to get two exams for the price of one when they pay full-price for a Citrix A05 – Implementing Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008 OR 259 – Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 and XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2003: Administration exam.

Regardless if the candidate passes or fails in the first attempt, they will receive one (1) free Tier 1 Citrix exam. However, in order to participate in this offer, candidates must register for their first (full-priced) A05 or 259 exam using the unique voucher code sent to them by Citrix. This promotion launched on September 30, 2009, and both full-priced and free exams must be scheduled and taken by December 31, 2009.

If a candidate has questions related to this offer; please advise them to contact Citrix at Training@Citrix.com.

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New! CCIE® R&S Certification v4.0 Exams Now Available

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

Effective October 19, 2009, Cisco CCIE® Routing and Switching v4.0 certification exams are available in all testing locations worldwide. The competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification can be found on the Cisco Learning Network under CCIE R&S v4.0 written exam topics and CCIE R&S v4.0 lab exam topics in the CCIE R&S section of the site.

Both the written and lab exams have been refreshed with new questions covering MPLS and VPN networking. The written exam includes new scenario-based questions. The lab exam now requires hands-on troubleshooting of preconfigured networks, in addition to configuration. Exam duration and pricing will remain the same, with the two-hour written exam at USD $350 and the eight-hour lab at USD $1400.

In addition, a fully updated version of the popular CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Fourth Edition, authored by Cisco certification experts Wendell Odom, Rus Healy and Denise Donohue is now available from Cisco Press (ISBN: 1-58705-980-0). The new version includes material to prepare for the new troubleshooting portion of the exam. For more information about Cisco Press titles, visit www.CiscoPress.com/CCIE.

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Free e-book: Windows 7 Troubleshooting Tips

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

Mitch Tulloch, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and lead author of the just-published (and hot-selling) Windows 7 Resource Kit (Microsoft Press, 2010; ISBN: 9780735627000; 1760 pages), has created a short e-book called “What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support.” Here are the opening paragraphs:

Your sound card has stopped working, your computer seems sluggish, the network is down, your hard drive is clicking, you can’t view a website, your monitor is hard to read, your new webcam isn’t working, your favorite program won’t run, and a funny burning smell is coming from your computer. What can you do on your own to try to troubleshoot the issue before you pick up the phone to call tech support?

If you’re running Windows 7, quite a lot. Microsoft has included a lot of self-support tools in Windows 7 that you can try using before you seek the help of others, and we’ll examine these in a moment. Then there are the tools you were born with—your five senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch) and most importantly your brain. And by brain I’m including your memory, experience, and capacity for logical reasoning. Finally, there is ancient and sacred lore passed on in secret from Master to Disciple over the millennia. We’ll see shortly how your brain, your senses, and the secrets of the Wise Ones can be very helpful for troubleshooting computer problems. But first let’s look at what troubleshooting tools are built into Windows 7.

You can download the e-book in XPS format here and in PDF format here. Enjoy!

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Learn, Grow & Succeed with special student price certification exams

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 27, 2009

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Today’s students are looking for ways to build skills that will differentiate them from others and open the doors to tomorrow’s jobs.  With recent commissioned research predicting that the number of IT jobs worldwide will rise by 5.8 million between the end of 2009 and the end of 2013, many students are taking advantage of opportunities to get skilled in technology.

In response, Microsoft today announced student-price certification exams to make it easier to earn industry-recognized credentials that will differentiate them in their careers.   Student prices are available worldwide* on Microsoft technologies.  A full list of the available student certifications can be found here.

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