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Slides from my talk about using JavaScript at TechEd

Just came back after my talk today at Microsoft TechEd about JavaScript.

About the talk

The talk was mainly about using JavaScript in today’s world. I gave a brief about different frameworks and some suggestions on when to use each one of them.

It also covered using JavaScript in different scenarios. The following are the different use cases that I covered

  • Using JavaScript in the Brower/client
  • Using JavaScript in the server
  • Using JavaScript to create mobile apps
  • Using JavaScript to create desktop apps
  • Using JavaScript to control devices connected to your computer

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Two more reasons to like jQuery

Out of the numerous JavaScript libraries which are available, jQuery is my favourite. There are couple of reasons for this and now I have two more reasons added to that list. 

First jQuery is going to be supported by Microsoft and is going to be shipped with Visual Studio, which is great news for people who are addicted to intellisense (like Yuvi 😉 ). 

Second Nokia is going to support it and jQuery will be used to develop applications on the new WebKit-based Web Run-Time which will be distributed with Nokia phones.

I think this is great news for jQuery and it is time for me to start hacking it again. 😉

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Two new Beta exams from Microsoft

Good news for those who are planning for Microsoft SQL Server certification. Microsoft is introducing two new beta exams for SQL Server 2005.

  • Exam 71-445: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance
  • Exam 71-446: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

For the first exam 71-445 the last date is December 19, 2006 and for the second exam 71-446 the last date is January 3, 2007.

As always these beta exams are completely free and if you clear them you will get the certificates.

Normally Microsoft beta exams are not available in India, but it seems that these two exams are available in India also. Contact your nearest prometric center and register for them as soon as possible because only a few seats are available.

All the best guys.

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Suggest me some features to compare online spreadsheets

Google’s release of Google Spreadsheet yesterday has generated lot of sudden attention on online web applications especially those which are proving to be direct competitor to Microsoft Office applications.

In addition to Google’s Spreadsheet I came to know about a couple of other great products like Zohosheet, iRows, NumSum from Techcrunch’s article yesterday which are also targeting similar user base. So I thought of comparing all these online spreadsheets to get an idea about their pros and cons. (Nice weekend project right?)

So guys let me know your favorite features which you would expect from a spreadsheet program so that I can base my comparison on them. Also let me know if I have missed any other online spreadsheets.

Here are the links to the programs which I am going to compare

I will publish my results as soon as I finish them so stay tuned and don’t forget to leave your favorite features in the comments.

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Apple vs Microsoft

I was going through CNET’s editor’s top 10 list and found some wired pattern.

Apple has two products listed in the “Top 10 products of the decade” – iPod (2001) and Apple iMac (1998) and Microsoft has two products listed in the “Top 10 worst products of the decade” – Microsoft Bob and Windows ME

Does it infer anything?

Incidentally Google and Firefox also find a place in the “Top 10 Best products of the decade“.

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Free ASP.NET training from Microsoft eLearning

If you are looking for some ASP.NET training or course, then there is some good news for you. Microsoft eLearning is offering 17 hours of hands-on ASP.NET training for free. (yes)

Here is the quote from the website

Are you looking to learn to create ASP.NET Web applications with Visual Studio.NET? If so now is your chance to get 17 hours of hands-on ASP.NET training for free from Microsoft Learning.

For a limited time only, Microsoft Learning is offering Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications with Visual Studio.NET, a 17-hour self-paced online training course, for free ($349.00 value).

I think the offer is valid for a short time only. So if you are interested then hurry up.

To Yuvi: Are you reading this..?

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MCP Program takes new path

Microsoft is changing its certification pattern with the release of the next version of Visual Studio. NET and SQL Server. They are introducing a new framework for certification that will pair up a credential with a skill-identifying certification based on a tiered approach consisting of three credentials:

  • Tier 1: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  • Tier 2: Microsoft Certified IT Professional or Professional Developer
  • Tier 3: Microsoft Certified Architect

Out of which the last exam Microsoft Certified Architect is supposed to be very rigorous, board-level certification. Microsoft released information about this exam somewhere in last April.

The following is the update path for the current exams

MCDBA + 2 exams – Microsoft Certified IT Professional

MCSD + 2 exams – Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (Enterprise Application Developer)

MCAD + 1 exam – Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (either Windows or Web Developer)

Microsoft is yet to give information regarding MCSE and MCSA. But those people who have already taken the current titles (MCP/MCSE/MCSA/MCDBA/MCAD/MCSD) will still have their certifications intact.

My current plan is to take that one exam for Web Developer and upgrade my MCAD title to Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (Web Developer). But who knows there is lot of time to decide though 😉

So guys share with me how your upgrade path is going to be.

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