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Jul 28 2006

Microsoft Virtual LabsWhat is a Virtual Lab? Virtual Labs are currently the latest, most innovative resource for our developer community. A virtual lab is a pre-configured environment where users can try out new software products. Quickly test out and learn how to build great applications for Windows and the Web through a series of guided, hands-on labs which can be completed in 90 minutes or less. The best part is Virtual Labs don’t require any installation and are available to access right online! They also come with lab manuals to guide you step-by-step.

Here at WWWCoder.com we recommend a few Virtual Labs for getting your ASP.NET development going, so start by selecting the lab you’re interested in from the list below!

With ASP.NET 2.0 you create richer Web applications with fewer lines of code. These Virtual Labs teach you about the improvements in ASP.NET 2.0, including new controls and new membership and personalization features. Explore Web development with ASP.NET 2.0.

ASP.NET is a programming framework built on the common language runtime that can be used on a server to build powerful Web applications. ASP.NET offers several important advantages over previous Web development models - it allows you to write code more easily and it offers enhanced performance, security, power, and flexibility.

Fritz Onion's Intro to ASP.NET
Fritz Onion is a founding partner of Pluralsight, a think-tank organization delivering in-depth technical content and training, where he focuses on Web development with ASP.NET. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Essential ASP.NET (Addison Wesley), and is currently working on a second edition that will cover ASP.NET 2.0. It's simple — no complex setup or installation is required to try out Fritz Onion's Intro to ASP.NET running in the full-featured Virtual Lab.

Visual Studio 2005
Visual Studio 2005 will introduce a wave of productivity enhancements designed to assist all members of the software development team. These virtual labs are based on pre-release versions of Visual Studio 2005, and deliver a sneak-peak of what's coming! It's simple — no complex setup or installation is required to try out Visual Studio 2005 running in the full-featured MSDN Virtual Lab.

SQL Server 2005
SQL Server 2005 is Microsoft's next-generation data management and analysis software that will deliver increased scalability, availability, and security to enterprise data and analytical applications while making them easier to create, deploy, and manage. In these labs, you will get to experience many of the new features in SQL Server 2005 including XML support and deep business intelligence integration.

Visual Basic
Visual Basic .NET 2003 provides the easiest, most productive language and tool for rapidly building applications for Microsoft Windows and the Web. Ideal for existing Visual Basic developers as well as new developers in the Microsoft .NET development environment, Visual Basic .NET 2003 delivers enhanced visual designers, increased application performance, and a powerful integrated development environment (IDE) to get you on the fast track to application development.

Web Services
Web Services represents a new platform on which developers can build the same distributed applications they've always built, but this time with interoperability as the highest priority. It's simple — no complex setup or installation is required to try out Web Services running in the full-featured MSDN Virtual Lab.

Visual Studio Team System
Visual Studio Team System integrates process guidance, prescriptive architectures, and life-cycle tools for successfully deploying solutions on the Windows platform. Team System includes proven process guidance, prescriptive architectural guidance, and solution accelerators that assist organizations in improving the predictability and reliability of delivering mission-critical solutions. Visual Studio Team System provides tools to support the entire software development team.

Visual C#
Visual C# .NET 2003 is the modern, innovative programming language and tool for building .NET-connected software for Microsoft Windows, the Web, and a wide range of devices. With syntax that resembles C++, a flexible integrated development environment (IDE), and the capability to build solutions across a variety of platforms and devices, Visual C# .NET 2003 significantly eases the development of .NET-connected software.

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About the Author, Patrick Santry

Patrick Santry, has two decades of experience in enabling businesses to take advantage of the digital landscape. A well rounded experience in technology, and business is what sets me apart from the rest of the pack. When it comes to an overall digital strategy my experience is impressive.

BS in Computer Information Systems. Four time recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award, and author of several books and magazine articles on digital technologies.

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