Well folks, Microsoft is at it again. They're taking perfectly good online
training that lots of people pay good money for and they're giving it away for free!
Now I know a lot of you are saying to yourselves "Don't they always do that?"
and in a way you're right. You can always get tons of free webcasts and
such. Right now the place to find those is over at the
Explore Web Development with ASP.NET 2.0
page. But this isn't just some webcast...
this is the good stuff right out of the Microsoft E-Learning
catalog. Honest to goodness online training with labs and self tests to be sure you were paying attention.
At the moment there are four courses related to developing with Visual Studio 2005 available for free. They are:
This three-hour online course covers the entities that form the
foundation of Web applications written with ASP.NET 2.0. This course is
a great starting point for anyone who has not worked with Visual Studio
2005 or ASP.NET 2.0 before. Audience: Developer Available Offline: Yes Price:$44.99 NOW FREE, 1-year subscription
This three-hour online learning course teaches the Visual Basic 6.0
developer about the .NET Framework 2.0 including the Common Language
Runtime, the Common Type System, Garbage Collection and COM
interoperability. The course also introduces the .NET Framework
namespaces and base classes. This training is designed with the Visual
Basic 6.0 developer in mind to allow for a simple transition to the
.NET Framework. Audience: Developer Available Offline: Yes Price:$44.99 NOW FREE, 1-year subscription
This 2-hour workshop describes how to create Windows® applications that
can run tasks in the background. It also describes how to use
asynchronous methods and other features of components that support the
Asynchronous Pattern for Components. In the lab, you will create an
application that loads a bitmap asynchronously and performs arithmetic
calculations on a background thread. Audience: Developer Available Offline: Yes Price:$39.99 NOW FREE, 1-year subscription
This 2-hour workshop describes the functions, components and usage of
Web Services and reviews some of the optional technologies. In the
lab, you will create a Web service and client, modify Web method
attributes and create a proxy class manually, deploy a Web service,
debug and handle exceptions in a Web service. Audience: Developer Available Offline: Yes Price:$39.99 NOW FREE, 1-year subscription
They've also got free courses in some other categories (like SQL Server 2005 and Exchange 2007)
so be sure to check out the "Discounts and Special E-Learning Offers" section on the
Microsoft E-Learning Home Page
if you're interested in any of those.
Even if you don't have time to actually complete the courses right now, if you've got any interest
in them at all you should sign up for them while they're free because Microsoft gives you access to them for
a whole year.