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  • 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: 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: What Fuels Your Development Effort?

    I recently came to the aggravating conclusion that coffee just doesn’t do it for me. Coffee gives me a quick boost and the crash that follows is impressive! The day after a coffee boost usually results in me being more tired. Hence the start of a vicious cycle. Coffee to start me up and hide the...
  • Blog Post: Create a Dev & Test Environment in Minutes!

    How many times do we have to scramble to assemble a decent Dev & Test environment? When I think back to my past lives, I can attest that it’s been a challenging mess. I used to run around to various departments in order to find available machines, software installation disks, licenses and IT resources...
  • 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: Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code TODAY in Edmonton!

    Cue Professor Farnsworth : “Good news everyone! I haven’t invented something, but John Bristowe will be in Edmonton TODAY for a Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code!” That's right. I’m heading north up to Edmonton to visit with some local developers and to chat about Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and how to develop...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code in Calgary!

    An homage to the late Jan Gabriel : Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Friday! Friday! Friday! Hold on to your hats and prepare to feel “mobilized” as the Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Code visits the Kawa Espresso Bar in downtown Calgary! Prepare to be blown away by the epic-ly awesome developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone-a-Palooza [Updated]

    Update: Please note the changes to the Toronto-area deployment clinic locations! The "Windows Phone Canada" LinkedIn Group If you’re not a member of LinkedIn , the social networking site for professionals, you should join it now! It’s a great place to keep in touch with your network of working...
  • Blog Post: Now in Beta: Windows Phone Developer Tools!

    The announcement went out earlier today : the Windows Phone Developer Tools have moved from the CTP ("Community Technical Preview”) phase to Beta (“Almost There!”). As Brandon Watson wrote in the Windows Phone Developer Blog , “This Beta release represents the near final version of the tools for...
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