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  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Queues

    In my first two videos I have presented a couple quick overviews of Queues and a very typical queuing pattern. Both videos tackle queuing from a generic perspective and you can apply these to almost any queuing technology available today. Basic Overview I posted a quick video on when and how...
  • Blog Post: Be More, Do More with Developer Movement

    If you like to play with code, you'll want to read on. Join Developer Movement, Microsoft Canada's developer rewards program, and earn points for every challenge you complete! Points can be redeemed for a number of great prizes including #DevMov swag, gaming mice/keyboards, Xbox One consoles, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Our industry does not respect tradition, it only respects innovation: Imagine Cup Canada Announced!

    Imagine Cup 2015 has been announced . If you are a Canadian Student and not participating in the ultimate global student technology competition, you are missing out! In this blog post, I will discuss specific details about the Innovation Category. “Our industry does not respect tradition...
  • Blog Post: Don’t you Usually Have to Pay for an Education?

    Dreams I have always wanted to be a software developer.  Well, at least from the first time I saw a computer and learned that I could tell it what to do and it would do it (most of the time).  As soon as I knew that, I thought about what I needed to learn.  First on the list was learn...
  • Blog Post: Part 4: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know about Authentication and Authorization

    This tutorial series takes you through how Azure Mobile Services provides Mobile-Backend-As-A-Service by discussing various features and basics of how to get started. Part 1: How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Shines at Hack Vancouver

    Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining Ben Lower and his Kinect team at BCIT in Burnaby, BC for the Hack Vancouver Kinect and Structure Sensor Hackathon. 103 hackers gathered for 28 hours to build projects using Kinect for Windows and Structure Sensor, a lightweight, portable 3D modeling sensor build...
  • Blog Post: Kinect With Me Part 3 - Creating a Gesture-Controlled App in Just Three Steps

    This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev...
  • Blog Post: Kinect With Me Part 2 - Tracking Bodies and Overlaying Shapes on Infrared Data

    This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev...
  • Blog Post: Kinect With Me Part 1 - Setting Up Your Machine

    This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev...
  • Blog Post: The Do's and Don'ts of Designing Gender-Neutral Games and Apps

    As designers and developers, we decide who uses our creations. Defining and developing for your target audience is one of the key elements in a successful app or game. But when the target audience is equally male and female, care must be taken to appeal to both genders without alienating either or making...
  • Blog Post: Programming Arduino in Visual Studio with Visual Micro

    Instead of using the out-of-the-box Arduino IDE, why not use Visual Studio to program your boards? Visual Micro is a free Arduino programming tool for Visual Studio that supports all Arduino versions and the Intel Galileo in a single IDE. Since the dawn of Arduino , geekdom has been raving about...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Women in Computing

    Let us celebrate the contribution of women in computing by hosting and participating in this International Hackathon for Women What? Third International Women’s Hackathon 2014 When? October 11 th , 2014 (though 12/1/2104) Where? Worldwide in University Campuses and live at the Grace Hopper Celebration...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Dance Cube Proves Kinect for Windows v2 is Not to be Ignored

    What happens when you mix developers, designers, and dancers? This time, it's a virtual reality dance cube! You read that right - in the latest development to come out of Microsoft's emerging hack culture, a four-foot cube touting an interactive dance party appeared at Seattle's Decibel music festival...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ‒ It Just Keeps Getting Better

    With Visual Studio Update 2 the IDE of choice for many developers just keeps getting better and better. I'm already a big fan of Visual Studio, it's pretty much the best IDE for a number of platforms and with these recent updates it's just that much more awesome. As someone who's worked on the MS stack...
  • Blog Post: Great Apps Are Inspired by Pure Imagination

    As developers, we tend to be creative people. We use our imagination to think up solutions to solve day to day business problems and then we build apps to bring those solutions to life. Set those business problems aside for a moment. Close your eyes. Tap into your imagination. Go deeper. Even deeper...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks! Drops In on Canadian Developers

      Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell , infamous hosts of the Internet radio show .NET Rocks! are at it again! They’ve rented a big 37' RV and are driving around the United States talking about Visual Studio 2012. On October 13 , Carl and Richard are making a Canadian stop, recording a live .NET...
  • Blog Post: <What’s Up: Developers> September Edition

    Here’s the news seen on this month’s episode of D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE : Links Technology Post Roundup - 3rd Edition Windows Azure Virtual DevCamp / Virtual Workshops Virtual DevCamp On-Demand Virtual DevCamp - Windows Azure in a Nutshell - October 3 (Register...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 – Ready to Launch!

    For some, Visual Studio is as sexy as the Surface or as revolutionary as Windows 8, and the best IDE, and it just got even better! There are so many new features in Visual Studio 2012 that I myself have only begun to scratch the surface. What with the new application lifecycle management capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Your Personal Brand as a Developer: Implementing (Part 2 of 2)

    Guest post by D³: LIVE & INTERACTIVE guest Sue Varty . Have you done your homework? If not, download the worksheet and read Part 1 – it will help you complete the five steps below to implement your personal brand. Do you see any common threads or themes about what you’re all about in Part 1? This...
  • Blog Post: Cloud: A Skill and Career Building Opportunity

    A recently released IDC study talks about how the Cloud will deliver more than 70,000 jobs in Canada by 2015. Similarly, the D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE special entitled Current IT Market Conditions and Hiring Trends in 2012 discussed the increasing need for developers to have Cloud Computing knowledge...
  • Blog Post: D³ Special Edition: Directions of IT - The Developer Opportunity

    On this D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE special, the crew travels to the East of Toronto .NET User Group in Pickering, ON for a special presentation by Gladstone Grant, VP Developer & Platform Group at Microsoft Canada (my boss’ boss) ( LinkedIn , Twitter ). Gladstone talks about Microsoft’s overall technology...
  • Blog Post: Let Us Help You – Resources to Maximize Your Time and Efforts

    One of the things that’s great about the team’s role is that we get to show developers, such as yourself, what’s possible with Microsoft technologies, making you aware of available training resources, and most importantly, ensuring that we, Microsoft, are there to help you be successful...
  • Blog Post: French Canadian developers, we have a blog for you

    There are probably a lot of French people reading this blog who understands English, but I want to introduce you the French blog for Canadian developers, that we start this year. Even if we'll probably traduce some blog post from here, as there is a lot of awesome content, this new blog isn’t...
  • Blog Post: Dev Unplugged: HTML5 Contest for Web Developers

    For a past few days, there’s been a mysterious hashtag that’s been floating around on Twitter; #devunplugged . There were a lot tweets from the @IE Twitter account cited this hashtag but folks couldn’t find out why. Well, earlier today, Carter Rabasa and the contest organizers took...
  • Blog Post: Developers in Canada You Should Follow on Twitter

    Earlier today, David Yardy ( @dyardy ) sent me the following tweet : As a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Canada, I want to make sure that I’m staying on top of what’s happening in the Canadian technical community. To do this, I leverage a variety of events, sites, and tools. Among...
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