Wise Owl's quarterly (ish) news tweet  |  Issue 6 - February 2012

The items included in this newsletter are listed below. Our newsletter go out about 3 times a year - if you'd like to subscribe, just let us know!

Anagram generator

Surely the best anagram generator on the Internet.  You may havea spoken to RAPID SINNER by email or phone (although she doesn't use her married name PERRIN at work), or been trained by WEAK FADED EVIL.  As for MICHAEL ALLSOP ... try it (or your name) and see what we mean!

WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) courses

WPF is short for Windows Presentation Foundation (of course!), and is Microsoft's new tool for creating forms-based applications.  It's similar to SilverLight, Microsoft's would-be Flash competitor, and not that different to HTML.  Wise Owl are now training on WPF for Visual Basic and WPF for Visual C#.

YouTube videos

As well as our ever-growing series of blog tutorials, you can now view Wise Owl training videos on YouTube. So far we've added tutorials on Excel and Project. Have a look at our YouTube site and tell us what you think!

New advanced VB and C# training

All of our .NET training courses now use version 4.0 of the .NET framework and version 2010 of Visual Studio, and we've replaced the two-day advanced ASP.NET and advanced Windows Forms courses with a single 3-day advanced programming course, in either Visual Basic or Visual C#.  The new advanced courses concentrate on creating classes and object-orientated programming in VB or C#, and also cover writing LINQ to connect to databases (especially SQL Server). 

Small Basic - programming for children

Too young to program?  Not a bit of it.  Get your children started on Small Basic, downloadable free from Microsoft.  This cute software application has on-line help to die for - take a look!

Maps in Reporting Services

While we've been Reporting Services gurus (and enthusiasts) for some time now, we hadn't got into maps - which is a shame, because they are phenomenally powerful and easy to use.  We've added maps as an optional extra to our standard two-day SSRS course, but you can get an idea of what you can do by reading more on this item.

Facebook Lollipop app

Worried about how much time your children are spending on Facebook?  Not sure to whom they're talking?  Take this lollipop is guaranteed to make sure your dependents never view Facebook in quite the same way again.  Once you let the app access your Facebook contacts, the seediest imaginable person appears on screen and starts browsing your Facebook page (think dirty raincoats, pock-marked skin and grunting).  The scariest bit is when he gets in a car and drives to find you, with a picture from your Facebook page stuck to his dashboard! 

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