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  • Blog Post: Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto Windows 8 Codapalooza

    For anyone in Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto trying to get those Windows 8 app ready for the excellence labs, come code with company The app excellence labs to get your app into the Windows 8 store first are upon us! Build an application now, go to an App Excellence Lab and you could deploy your application...
  • Blog Post: How can a Canadian get a Windows 8 app to the store?

    If you want a token to put your app in the Windows 8 store, you need to attend an app excellence lab. The Windows 8 store is a significant opportunity, getting in early will improve the chance of your app getting noticed. In Canada, your first chance to get a token to put your app in the store is...
  • Blog Post: You Know You Want To Learn How To Build Windows 8 Apps

    Have you downloaded and installed the consumer preview of Windows 8 yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Download it onto a dev machine and give it a try. Once you do, you’ll see that things are different. As a developer, that’s something to be totally excited about – new app models...
  • Blog Post: Get to know the author of the TechDays Windows Phone Application: Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault

    As you may know, the Microsoft TechDays Conference took place in Montreal last week and we have landed an interview with Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault, a local Montreal developer.  He is a really nice guy and a great developer.  I was very happy to finally meet him in person after chatting with...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Sets Up Camp in Montreal

    Last week, I mentioned that Windows Azure is setting up camp online and in cities near you . With TechDays coming to Montreal next week, Windows Azure Camp is coming along with it! Join me, Jonathan Rozenblit , as well as TechDays speakers and Windows Azure experts Tyler Doerksen ( @tyler_gd ) and Steve...
  • 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: 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: 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: Get Started With Windows Azure at .NET Saturday

    This October, .NET Saturday ( Samedi .NET ) will connect you with two Canadian industry experts who will help you get started with Windows Azure . If you’re familiar with web development with ASP.NET or MVC and you want to learn how to migrate your applications to Windows Azure, or you’re simply curious...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Developer Deep Dive

    Are you currently evaluating Windows Azure as a means of deploying your solutions at scale? Perhaps your organization has already committed to the Cloud model and now you, the developer and/or architect, need to get up to speed on how to architect and develop solutions for the Cloud. Better yet, are...
  • 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: Confoo: the Web conference where many technologies meet themselves.

    Do you know the conference named Confoo ? This Web conference that was born last year, are back this year. It is made by PHP Quebec , Python Montreal , Ruby Montreal , W3Quebec and OWASP Montreal , and it will happen very soon, from the 9th to 11th March at Hilton Bonnaventure . It's more than 140...
  • Blog Post: Montreal/Toronto/Edmonton Event Reminders

    Deployment Clinic Today in Montreal Deployment clinics are a little more formal than Coffee and Codes. You can book an exclusive timeslot to deploy and test apps to a Windows Phone 7 device, and there’s one taking place all day at Microsoft’s Montreal office ( 2000 Avenue McGill College , 4th floor)...
  • Blog Post: Montreal Coffee and Code Today!

    Today, Wednesday, September 29th, join “les bons gars”, Developer Advisor Christian Beauclair and Regional Director Guy Barrette , who’ll be holding a Coffee and Code at Le Café de la Cité on 75 Queen . They put on a professional appearance, but we all know qu’ils vont ecrire des «fart apps»! They’ll...
  • Blog Post: “Speaker Idol”: Montreal, October 25th

    Want to share your .NET knowledge in front of an audience? Got some special pearl of wisdom that you’d like to pass to your grateful, applauding peers? Want to win prizes for your scintillating oratory ? “La Communauté .NET Montréal lance un grand concours appelé Speaker Idol afin de vous donner la chance...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Coffee and Codes / Deployment Clinics

    Creative Commons photo by “Demion”. Join us as we make ourselves available to you so you can try out a real live Windows Phone 7 device and see how your apps work on the real thing. We’ve got a couple of Coffee and Codes and one deployment clinic this week: Wednesday, September 29 in Montreal (Coffee...
  • Blog Post: This Saturday: “Introduction to B.I.” in Montreal (Samedi .NET)

    Don’t forget that a Samedi .NET event is taking place this Saturday, September 25th in Montreal: Introduction au B.I. , or as they say en Anglais , Introduction to B.I.. As in Business Intelligence. For the full details, see my earlier blog entry and the event’s registration page . It won’t cost you...
  • Blog Post: Le 25 Septembre: Samedi .NET– Introduction au B.I.

    If you’re in Montreal on September 25th and want to learn about developing BI applications – that’s BI as in “Business Intelligence” -- La Communauté .NET Montreal’s Samedi.NET event, Introduction au BI , is exactly what you need. Here’s what the event site says: La Communauté .NET vous propose une journée...
  • Blog Post: Test Your App on a Real Windows Phone in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal

    Pre-manufacturing Windows Phone 7 devices are incredibly hard to come by, but we’re working on ways for you to test your WP7 apps on the real thing. One way we’re doing this is by holding “Deployment Clinics” all over Canada. Today (Thursday, Sept 2): Toronto If you’re in downtown Toronto, I’ll be holding...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: We’ll Be in Montreal This Week

    Microsoft Canada’s Developer and Platform Evangelism team is headed to Montreal this week, where we’ll be getting together for our annual team meeting as well as to help run the Make Web Not War conference on Thursday. We’re not travelling in the usual way either. We’ve hired out a VIA Rail car to take...
  • Blog Post: Toronto-Montreal NerdTrain (Departs Tuesday, May 25th, Returns Friday, May 28th)

    A quick reminder: if you’re looking for cheap transport to Montreal for MonDev , Montreal’s Open Source Week (which concludes with the Make Web Not War conference), we’ve booked an entire VIA Rail car from Montreal to Toronto! The train car (pictured above) has wifi, power outlets and will be equipped...
  • Blog Post: My Presentation at CUSEC 2009: “Squeezeboxes, Start-Ups and Selling Out: A Tech Evangelist’s Story”

    Microsoft was a sponsor of CUSEC last year – that’s Canadian University Software Engineering Conference , the premier conference on building software aimed specifically at students. One of the perks of sponsorship was a “corporate speaker” slot, and it was decided that the presentation should be given...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Montreal, Day 1

    With the setup complete, TechDays Montreal was ready to begin, which it did on Wednesday. Like TechDays Halifax, Techdays Montreal sold out weeks before its date. Here’s what the registration line looked like at 7:45 a.m.: We members of the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team arrived at 7:00...
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