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  • Blog Post: Yoooman! Generating a Backbone.js Project with Yeoman (Part 2)

    This tutorial series will teach you the basics of Yeoman ; how to set it up on Windows, how to use the tools and generators, how to create your own generators. I will also share my top 5 favorite yeoman generators along with a short review. You are expected to know HTML5. Level: Beginner to Intermediate...
  • Blog Post: Yoooman! Getting Started with Yeoman (Part 1)

    This tutorial series will teach you the basics of Yeoman ; how to set it up on Windows, how to use the tools and generators, how to create your own generators. I will also share my top 5 favorite yeoman generators along with a short review. You are expected to know HTML5. Level: Beginner to Intermediate...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Classic 2D RPG Using HTML5

    Our 2 day series on Developing 2D Games with HTML5 is a wrap! We had a lot of fun and covered some really awesome topics, so I thought I would add a day 2 recap ( looking for the day 1 recap? ) Oh and don’t worry if you missed the series, it will be available on demand very soon. Day 2 picks up right...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 6 – The Finale and Debugging Remote Node Apps

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: Learn How to Create a Classic 2D RPG Using HTML5

    Well Day 1 of the Developing 2D Games with HTML5 is in the bag! What a blast! We covered some really cool topics, so I thought I should put together a little recap (This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t watch Day 1 when it comes out on-demand! We go into a lot more depth than below.) Oh and, of course...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 5 - Connecting the Chatroom with WebSockets

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: COMING UP ON MVA: How to Create a Cross-Platform HTML5 RPG

    Every wonder how to create a classic role-playing game? In my upcoming MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy) course I will show you how! M y co-host Bryan Griffiths and I will walk you through the steps of creating a cross-platform classic style RPG game using Visual Studio and free open source technology...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 4 – Building a Chatroom UI with Bootstrap

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 3 - Building a Backend with Node, Mongo and Socket.IO

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 2 – Welcome to Express with Node.js and Azure

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js   on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 1 - Introduction to Node.js

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: HTML5: The Parts You Care About (Part 1)

    This is the first of 3 posts in a blog series previewing the upcoming presentation, HTML5: The Parts You Care About by David Wesst at Prairie Dev Con in Saskatoon, SK this November. Documents Evolved HTML began back in early 90’s when a physicist by the name of Tim Berners-Lee created the spec for HTML...
  • Blog Post: Remember the Atari 2600? Brace yourself because it’s marrying HTML5!

    Atari and Microsoft, in conjunction with renowned web developer Grant Skinner are driving great standards-based web experiences through the classic games that were staples on the Atari 2600 console.  This partnership is also producing resource for you as a web developer (or aspiring web developer...
  • Blog Post: The #surlybeaver is back. With a vengeance.

    Those of you that follow this blog may have seen a post about our HTML5 Coat of Arms and how we gave away a large number of t-shirts with the emblem on the front. If you didn’t see that post, basically we took the HTML5 logo and created a uniquely Canadian version (which was possible as the...
  • Blog Post: The Hunger Games, HTML5 & Behind The Scenes

    One of the infinitely sad and melancholy things in my life is that I just don’t get to read as much fiction as I used to. It isn’t that I don’t want to, but life just seems to get in the way sometimes. When I fondly think of retirement, I see myself wearing a smoking jacket and ascot in the library next...
  • Blog Post: How do I use HTML5 in Visual Studio 2010?

    In this post, I’ll share what I learned about how to get started writing HTML5 code in Visual Studio 2010. HTML5 seems to be everywhere these days! I started trying it myself a few months back and I quickly decided that if possible, I wanted to play with it in Visual Studio. I’ve been working with Visual...
  • Blog Post: Awesome tools you can use to build your next HTML5 website or application

    Even if the actual version of HTML as been discussed for a couple of years now, it is fairly new. We see a lot more enthusiasts around this new version of this Web standard, and trust me; it's just a beginning. If you have already started to give a closer look to the new features and elements, you probably...
  • Blog Post: Canada Does Windows Azure: Agile Business Cloud

    I believe that the best way to learn is to learn from each other, so I’m always on the search for stories of Canadian developers who have either built new applications using Windows Azure services or have migrated existing applications to Windows Azure. This is the story of Agile Business Cloud...
  • Blog Post: What the heck is Responsive Web Design?

    As a Web developer, we need to think about many devices, screen sizes and orientations. It’s not enough now to build our application or website to target only desktop screens: you need to keep in mind that your visitors will come to your site with their smartphones, their netbooks, their tablets...
  • Blog Post: How to get up to speed with a new technology

    You are in front of your computer, wanting to learn a new technology for your job, or because you have this awesome idea on what will be the next Angry Birds. Whether you are a professional, a student or a hobbyist, learning a technology is sometimes a challenge. Where to start? In this blog post, I...
  • Blog Post: The Beaver is Surly! The Canadian HTML5 Logo

    The Canadian HTML5 Coat of Arms was designed to inspire and excite the Canadian developer community around the usage of HTML5. The central logo and secondary technology class logos, which are imbedded within the shield, are available through a creative commons license by the World Wide Web Consortium...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011 Montreal – Build your personalized Schedule

    After having the pleasure of talking about technology and connecting with people in Toronto and Vancouver – it’s now Montreal’s turn. Techdays Montreal is coming quickly and the whole team is giving 200% effort to finish things up with a Bang. This year – lots of diverse sessions...
  • Blog Post: New HTML5 user group in Montreal

    Do you know HTML5? We heard about this everywhere, and I have to admit that I am a fan. I know that in Montreal, I’m not the only one. After we saw a real enthusiast from people in our hometown, and from places like Toronto and Vancouver , where there is also HTML5 user group, Benoît Piette...
  • Blog Post: More HTML5 at TechDays

    TechDays Vancouver is just a handful of days away. As we are always looking to incorporate your feedback into what we do, we have added more HTML5 sessions to the already-packed agenda. Currently we have sessions about HTML5 such as Application Development with HTML5 (DEV302) and HTML5 and CSS3 Techniques...
  • Blog Post: Awesome resources for Developers Tools, Languages and Framework track at TechDays

    I don’t know for you, but each time I go to a conference, I always want to put my hands into the new technology I just learn. I’m sure that it’s the case for you, so I wanted to give you a one-stop place where you’ll be able to get everything you need to do this with the sessions...
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