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  • Blog Post: Empowering Youth with Technology at YouthSpark Live Vancouver

    It's said that 50% of the job market requires basic technical proficiency, and that that number will increase to 77% in the next decade. With a shortage of qualified computer science graduates to fill these roles and the fact that computer science has not yet been recognized as a pillar of mainstream...
  • Blog Post: Its all about being Open!

    Why Open? One of the coolest things to happen at Microsoft is embracing and supporting Openness . This is about how we, as a company, collaborate with others in the industry and how we listen to our customers. Its about the choice that we give to our customers and developers. Right from supporting...
  • Blog Post: Geek out at DevTeach Vancouver!

    Monday May 28th to June 1st DevTeach comes to Vancouver with sessions on everything from Agile, to web, to SQL, to the cloud! DevTeach visits Vancouver every other year. The event is designed for developers and features lots of familiar names and great speakers! There is nothing quite like a conference...
  • Blog Post: What’s going on across Canada? Lots! Check it out!

    There are so many great events coming up in Canada, I wanted to list some of them here, so you don’t miss out! TechDays isn’t your only opportunity to get out and learn about the latest technologies from experts. We hold a number of smaller events throughout the year, and we also sponsor...
  • Blog Post: Conference or Course? Where Should I Spend my Training Budget?

    I started work in the era of Stephen Covey and the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ craze. Heck I was even sent on a 7 Habits course and given a 7 habits daytimer! One of the 7 habits was to ‘Sharpen the Saw’ which amounts to the importance of spending time improving yourself...
  • Blog Post: Great Content in the Nations Capital!

    TechDays is going to rock Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. But we haven’t forgotten the rest of the country! TechDays is sponsoring a number of events across Canada so even if you can’t make it to TechDays this year, you don’t have to miss out! In Ottawa, Microsoft is a proud sponsor and is even providing...
  • Blog Post: One More Reason to Attend TechDays – The Developer Practices and Architecture Track

    We’ve revealed the keynotes , the Windows Client and Phone Track , the Developer Tools, Languages and Framework track , and the Cloud Computing and Online Services track, now I’d like to introduce you to a track that applies to cloud, windows, mobile, and web developers, C#, and VB programmers alike...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Keynote: Sneak Peek at Visual Studio vNext

    Pick up my badge, grab a quick breakfast, now off to the keynote! Huh, apparently you should arrive more than 2 minutes before it starts if you want a seat, oh well, lesson learned. TechEd isn’t just for developers, so the first part of the keynote was interesting but as much as I understand the value...
  • Blog Post: Woo Hoo! Off To TechEd: Summer Camp For Geeks!

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, I’m not dancing down the aisles, but I do have to stop myself from bouncing up and down in my seat, which would probably really irritate the guy sitting next to me on the plane. Tomorrow is the first day of TechEd . Now that I think about it, TechEd is already...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Halifax: November 2nd and 3rd

    We’re in Halifax this week for TechDays! Here’s what we’re up to this week: Tuesday, November 2nd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: TechDays, Day 1 Tuesday, November 2nd, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Go DevMental Wednesday, November 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: TechDays, Day 2 Thursday, November 4th, morning: Presentation...
  • Blog Post: FITC Mobile 2010

    What is FITC? What a week! On Thursday, I was in Vancouver at the Take 5 Cafe making an all-too-brief appearance at the Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Code, and on Friday I was at FITC Mobile 2010 in Toronto, minding the Windows Phone 7 booth. FITC Mobile 2010 is part of a larger group of conferences called...
  • Blog Post: The jQuery Online Conference: Monday, July 12th - Everywhere!

    Are you a web developer and want to sharpen your jQuery skills? Would you like to attend a conference featuring some of the brightest lights in jQuery programming? Are you too short on time and travel expenses to hit such a conference? For a mere US$150 and no travel at all, you can attend the jQuery...
  • Blog Post: My Photos from Make Web Not War 2010

    I’ll post a more detailed write-up of the Make Web Not War conference later, but I thought that those of you who were there (or wished they were there) would like to see some photos as soon as possible. I’ve posted my photos at full resolution to my Make Web Not War Flickr photoset , which you can view...
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