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Your Software Development Career Is In Peril…

Your Software Development Career Is In Peril…

…because you are not registered for DevTeach Toronto.

OK, maybe not in peril.

Then again…  what are you doing to enhance your skill set?  Who are you sharing ideas with?  Who or what is challenging the constructs, patterns, and assumptions you rely on everyday?  What is breaking your team out of your own echo chamber?

Sales statistics say it’s not books.  The big Microsoft conferences like Tech Ed feature lots of Microsoft product managers on stage talking about their products.  It’s good info, but it’s not real meat.  It’s not war stories from the real world.  It’s not emerging ideas from thought leaders.

You need places to connect with people who are in the trenches.  People who are passionate about what they do.  People eager to share their tales.  You get that on blogs and at code camps.  You can also find it at community-focused conferences like DevTeach.

DevTeach is my favourite conference after MIX.  It has all the standards of an international event but is also designed to encourage networking with the many renowned speakers who volunteer their time to speak.  In between sessions you can easily end up eating lunch with Richard Campbell or watching Carl Franklin do a magic trick.

The next DevTeach is coming up soon:  May 12-16, 2008 in Toronto, Canada.  Lots more info over at

One of the event’s owner (Jean-René Roy) is a Microsoft MVP and for the past 14 years has been a user group leader in Montreal.  He’s a great guy and he puts on a great show.  I highly recommend it.

April 30, 20082 commentsRead More
ISA Server Becomes Forefront Threat Management Gateway

ISA Server Becomes Forefront Threat Management Gateway

If you spend some of your time in the network management side of the shop, this is for you:  Microsoft announced a couple weeks ago that the next version of ISA Server won’t be called ISA Server.  Microsoft’s new network security product will be called Forefront Threat Management Gateway.  It will be available as a standalone product and bundled in suites such as the forthcoming Windows Essential Business Server.

ISA Server Product Team says:

  1. Multiple Threat Protection:  We will enable numerous new protection technologies and capabilities, including integration of the Microsoft Anti-Virus Engine for protection against Internet-based malware and other threats. As part of Stirling, Forefront TMG will also include the “Dynamic Response” functionality to enable shared intelligence and response. This is a major step forward in how our customers rely upon the Microsoft gateway for protection and access to the Internet.
  2. Simplified Management: Forefront TMG will include new set-up wizards, improved management interface and enhanced reporting. As part of the Stirling suite, Forefront TMG will be part of the Stirling central visibility dashboard and policy control.
  3. Secure Connectivity: Forefront TMG will build on current ISA Server capability around secure Internet access and other connectivity features. 
April 28, 2008Comments are DisabledRead More