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  • 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...
  • 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: TechDays 2011: Developer Tools, Languages, Frameworks & awesomeness

    I can’t believe that TechDays is already there. In 3 weeks, we will be in Toronto (October 25-26) to start the tour. After Toronto, we will go in Vancouver (November 15-16) and Montreal (November 29-30) to give you a full two days of awesoness around the technology you love. This week, you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Platform Apps with HTML5 and IE9

    “We should make an app” , says your boss while playing with her new smartphone. This statement tends to can get very expensive and scary for developers since there are so many “app” platforms out there. Yet, it is a totally valid request from a product owner. Luckily for us, Microsoft has our back by...
  • Blog Post: Like HTML5? Like Phone Apps? Then you’ll LOVE Mango because…

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post referencing how you as a developer don’t have to be torn between building mobile experiences in HTML5 or native phone apps.  In fact, with the upcoming Mango release for Windows Phone, the “better together” story is a strong one that allows you to take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: On Phone Apps and Web Apps

    Being a mobile developer over the past 4 years has been an interesting experience.  With the advent of modern smartphones with differentiate experiences, we found out that not only is there a viable market for great apps, but that market is booming and very competitive.  We have seen mobile...
  • Blog Post: Make Awesome Web: 200 Awesome Resources and Counting

    About six months ago, fellow Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Michael Kordahi ( @delic8genius ) launched Make Awesome Web , a link-blog dedicated to client-side web awesome-ness: Hours after its launch, I asked Michael if I could help out. Reason being, over the past number of years, I’ve used a number...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Summer DevFest in Vancouver on June 21st!

    Registration is now open! http://html5summerdevfest.eventbrite.com/ (Tickets are limited) Come celebrate the Summer Solstice by joining us for a little something we like to call HTML5 Summer DevFest , a one-day event on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011, at The Waldorf Hotel . This event is designed to showcase...
  • Blog Post: MIX11: Bringing the Developer Awesomeness

    Spring is here and what a better way to kick off this season of renewal by getting up-to-speed on some of the latest tools and technologies! Last month in Las Vegas, we hosted the MIX11 conference; a 72-hour conversation, featuring developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Ignite Your Coding Web Development Series!

    Every year, around this time, my colleagues and I organize a series of conversations called Ignite Your Coding . Its purpose is to spark your inner awesomeness by providing you with knowledge and insights on software development. Why? It’s simple: we want to support you; we want to help grow your...
  • 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: makeawesomeweb.com: Now With More Awesome!

    Earlier today, fellow Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Michael Kordahi ( @delic8genius ) and friends, Jordan Knight and Tatham Oddie unveiled makeawesomeweb.com , a link-blog dedicated to client-side web awesome-ness: Although I can’t claim that the site was my idea, that won’t stop me from wishing that...
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