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  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Free Office365 Developer Training in October


    I’m flitting around the country delivering free Office365 Developer training in October.

    At this DevCamp, you will learn the concepts of the new Office 365 API model and go deep into building out an end-to-end example on the Office 365 environment. Microsoft Office 365 DevCamps are free and fun events for developers, by developers. You do not want to miss this.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible and chatting about the great opportunities provided by building on the Office365 APIs and/or extending the capabilities of the Office Clients.



    Rego link


    9th October


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    30th October

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    How cool is Azure Continuous Deployment‽


    I’ve been trying to learn Angular this week (see

    I started with (which, in turn, uses

    And then I tried writing some of my own stuff – ending up with a page that allows you to look up the current weather in any of 20,000 cities around the world.

    Great intro to a bunch of the tools and tech I haven’t used much and I’m really trying hard not to throw up my hands and go back to the nice, safe, easy, understandable smart client way of doing things (and don’t get me started on debugging JavaScript). npm is pretty cool, I’ve only scratched the surface with bower, bootstrap is pretty neat and angular itself is kind of fun to work with in a weird, masochistic kind of way.

    Along the way though, I remembered that Azure has continuous deployment from a number of sources, including github (and VSO and a couple of others), so now every time I push to the repo, it gets deployed automatically to

    Very cool.

    BTW, (Did you spot the interrobang?)

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    TechEd Australia Partner Workshop Opportunities



    As part of TechEd in Melbourne and Sydney this year, we're looking for expressions of interest from folks wanting to run training workshops around the event.

    What we've got in mind is that organisations run half-, one-, or two-day workshops in the same city as the event, starting the day following TechEd. So in Melbourne that would be staring on October 9th, and in Sydney that would be October 29th.

    You'd be responsible for sourcing a venue, taking bookings, managing the registration and so on as well as delivering the content of course. We'd prefer you offered the workshop in both cities, but won't insist on it.

    What we'd provide is a curated list of "ancillary workshops" on the TechEd site and in TechEd communications, and a link to a site you provide with additional information and registration links. Pricing (if any) would be up to you.

    Is this of interest to you or your organisation? If so, please drop me an email expressing your interest.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    TechEd Australia Call for Topics Coming Soon (but don't wait)



    UPDATE 2014-07-29 – Official call for topics is now live:

    By now, I'm sure you know that TechEd Australia is a different format this year. We're running essentially the same show twice in October – in Melbourne on October 7th & 8th, and in Sydney on October 27th & 28th. Being only 2 days, we've concentrated on delivering content focused on a single theme. The theme for this conference is Transforming with the Cloud.

    One of the ways we're focusing the content is that we're only running 4 main tracks this time around, and each of them will consist of around 12 deeply technical sessions. There are a couple of kinks to iron out in the "call for content" tool but, as content owners, we (see below for who we are and what the tracks are) want to give you as much time to submit great sessions as possible. We'd love to hear from you if you've got a great session or sessions to deliver that align to one or more of the tracks at the end of this post (note that the track descriptions are works in progress still, but again, we wanted to get this out to you ASAP).

    Next Steps

    If you've got a great idea for a session or sessions that fit into the tracks below, please send email to the track owner or track owners:

    • One email per session proposal
    • If you can't decide which track(s) a session should be in, put the owners of both tracks on the To line of the email

    The Tracks

    Datacenter and Infrastructure Management

    Track Owner: Andrew McMurray

    Cloud computing models are changing the technology landscape and providing more opportunity than ever for IT to deliver impact to the business. The Datacenter and Infrastructure Management track dives into evolving enterprise datacenter concepts built on cloud technologies with Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure Pack, and Microsoft Azure. This track empowers IT professionals, technical decision makers, and business decision makers to understand how our technologies come together as a solution to help them provision their cloud and datacenter infrastructures, provide business continuity, deliver services, and manage applications. Sessions include breakthrough capabilities in the areas of storage, networking, virtualization, management, and automation. Attendees also learn how the latest innovations bring together on-premises approaches and cloud-based technologies to deliver hybrid solutions that span multiple products and leverage existing resources.

    Developer Platform and Tools

    Track Owners: Rocky Heckman and Esther Mosad

    The Developer Platform and Tools track brings the developer focused sessions to TechEd. Learn how to build devices- and services-based applications using technologies that span the breadth of the Microsoft platform including: Windows 8.1, ASP.NET , Microsoft Azure, and Windows Phone  as well as cross platform development for mobile devices. Learn how to take advantage of the application lifecycle management and latest productivity enhancements in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. Whether you are building consumer facing applications, line-of-business applications, or mission critical applications this track provides you with what you need to move your projects and your career forward.

    Office Servers and Services

    Track Owner: Mario Tevanian

    The Office Servers and Services track combines all familiar Microsoft Office related server, services and clients into one. Products covered include: Office 365, Office client apps, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Yammer, and Microsoft Lync. Gain a deeper understanding of new features, deployment, management, and administration across all of these productivity tools—whether in the cloud, on-premises, or in hybrid scenarios.

    Windows, Phone and Devices

    Track Owner: Andrew Coates

    The Windows, Phone and Devices track provides the knowledge Professional Developers need to understand the capabilities that Windows and Windows Phone devices have to offer, as well as guidance for developing line-of-business apps for Windows and Windows Phone, and for publishing apps to the Windows and Windows Phone Stores. For this new devices and services world, we include deep technical content for enabling on-premises and cloud-based solutions, while also providing the key information to understand Windows operating systems architectures, technologies, and usage scenarios

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    1000+ Unity Apps on Windows and Windows Phone


    Another post on the Windows Phone blog from a couple of weeks ago talking about the uptake of Unity as a development platform on both Windows and Windows Phone.

    And a good video introducing Unity development for Windows Phone.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Options for publishing Windows Phone beta apps and testing in-app purchase


    A nice post on the Windows Phone blog this week on options for testing Windows Phone apps with a discussion of the stages of testing from running in the emulator through the store test kit and into beta testing.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Sydney Opera House Hackathon Dec 7-8


    The iconic Sydney Opera House are running a Hackathon in Sydney over the weekend of Dec 7-8. With a first prize of $4000, this might just be a great way to spend a weekend. They’re making a heap of great data sets available including archival recordings and a huge 3-D spatial data set with a model of the Opera House both inside and out.

    Check out the details on their site here. (By the way, even though they explicitly mention iOS and Android, I’ve checked and they’d love to have Windows/Windows Phone developers along).

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    YOW! Conferences in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney


    Starting next week, YOW! conferences are running in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Featuring a great line up of speakers and content, YOW! provides an industry perspective on development, design and architecture.

    If you can’t get to the entire conference there’s an option to just attend the evening keynote session.

    In addition to the conference sessions themselves, YOW! are running in-depth workshops on a number of great coding topics.

    All the details are on the Yow! conference web site.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Free Windows Azure Developer Camps in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in November


    Join a Windows Azure Developer Camp and leave with code running in the cloud

    This is a free Windows Azure Instructor led Workshop where you roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with the latest Windows Azure services, development tools and technologies. 

    Day One will start with the basics and Day Two will build on to more advanced topics, featuring instructor led hands-on labs for; Windows Azure Web Sites, Mobile Services, Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, and many others.

    City Dates Registration Link
    Sydney 7-8 November 2013 Sydney Registration
    Brisbane 11-12 November 2013 Brisbane Registration
    Melbourne 14-15 November 2013 Melbourne Registration
  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Great Windows Phone 8 Code Sample Hub


    As a developer, I’m always on the lookout for sample code showing me good ways to do things I need to do. Finding that code is sometimes problematic, but there’s a great hub put together by Windows Phone evangelist Matthias Shapiro.

    Check out the Interactive Windows Phone 8 Samples Browser

    Mathias also has a great post listing his 10 favourite samples.

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