Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

March, 2012


    Updated BizSpark News App


    Well, I haven’t actually updated the app, but I have updated the feeds going into it. The BizSpark Team Blogs have changed and so I’ve updated the RSS feed that gets pulled into BizSpark news to pick up the latest from the team. You can get the app here if you haven’t seen it before.



    HTML5 Drag and Drop for SharePoint


    Really good article in MSDN Magazine this month by Andrey Markeev. Check it out:

    Adding HTML5 Drag and Drop to SharePoint Lists

    Microsoft SharePoint is an enterprise platform with a long history and vast variety of features, which is why it can’t always react quickly enough to follow emerging Web technology trends. Despite a wide enterprise adoption of SharePoint and a huge effort to provide a broad number of features, SharePoint still lags behind modern CMS products in terms of immersive UIs, such as HTML5 and CSS3.

    In my opinion, HTML5 is not only a hot new technology, but it truly has many practical benefits: it’s easy, convenient and rich—and it’s supported, more or less, by all the modern browsers (including mobile device browsers). Additionally, HTML5 and JavaScript are becoming major technologies for desktop programming in Windows.

    Found this via MSDN Flash.


    Ars Technica: Create a Bootable Windows 8 USB Thumb Drive


    I’m going to build one of these today. Just need to dig up a 30GB+ storage drive.

    Ordering "Windows to Go": how to create a bootable Windows 8 USB thumb drive

    Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview is called that for a reason—there isn't a lot on the surface that looks very compelling about the new operating system to business users. The revelation that Microsoft would not support domains or other administrative features on Windows 8 for ARM devices dumped cold water on many enterprise customers' hopes for a single, unified way to manage users and systems across desktop and mobile devices.

    Also found tons of good Windows 8 information to take a look at in the Download Center.


    Tampa Hackathons: METRO FRIDAY for Win8 or Windows Phone in April


    This sounds like a ton of fun.

    METRO FRIDAY hackathons for Win8 or Windows Phone - Tampa - April 2012

     it pro camp

    I like hackathons. Lots of interaction that wasn't planned. You get to see some really cool project. And you get to code.
    Hackathons are very simply an event where folks sit around and co-work on their projects with specific goals in mind.
    I also love Windows Phone and Windows 8. So I thought to myself, hmmm, "have big meeting room", "have some Fridays open", why not runs some open hackathons!.
    So with that, the esteemed Jim Blizzard and myself came up with the idea for METRO FRIDAY HACKATHONS.

    What: Hackathon for Metro Styled Apps on Win8 or Windows Phone
    When: 900AM to 800PM - all day, April 6, 20, and 27
    What: Open format hackathon focused on Metro for Windows 8 or Windows Phone
    Where: Microsoft Office, 5426 Bay Center Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33609 - directions

    Ideas on what you could do
    Publish your app during the hackathon! (this qualifies you for some special drawings!)
    Evaluate your app for SDK 7.1.1 256mb emulator compatibility
    Work on a project with experienced folks to help you. Jim Blizzard for Windows 8, Joe Healy for Windows Phone
    Jump start your Windows 8 or Windows Phone Developer Experience Cowork for a Day!

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