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  • Blog Post: April Showers Lead to May Flowers…and an Updated Windows Store App

    I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited that May is upon us… it’s about time! The winter was starting to feel like it was never going to end! But it did give us an opportunity to use those not-so-great-weather days to get some updates done on the Canadian Developer Connection Windows Store app , which...
  • Blog Post: Behind-the-DevCamp-Scenes

    On a recent Developer Movement Virtual DevCamp , the online audience requested a behind the scenes tour of how we put together a Virtual Event. Before embarking on hosting virtual events, I, too, was always curious as to how it worked, what were all of the moving pieces, how everything came together...
  • Blog Post: 2012 In Review, 2013 At a Glance

    First and foremost, Happy New Year! May it be a year full of learning new things, developing skills, and most importantly building - building apps, new careers, or better yet, new careers building apps! Over the holidays, I took the opportunity to go through the Canadian Developer Connection and see...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud and The Whiteboard

    October 3, 2012 | 12:00 PM ET | Add to Outlook >> Some things are just better explained on a whiteboard. According to Windows Azure guru Cory Fowler , the Cloud is one of those things. Watch as he demystifies Windows Azure using nothing other than a whiteboard. Plus: Stay connected the rest of...
  • Blog Post: .NET AppFest Revolution Begins

    Coming to Ontario cities in September, October, November, these 2-day interactive AppFests are where you’ll learn from top experts how to design, develop, deploy and support your apps on Windows 8, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure. Now that everyone is done with vacations, the kids are back at daycare...
  • Blog Post: <What’s Up: Developers> August Edition

    Here’s the news seen on this month’s episode of D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE . Make sure to watch the entire episode posted right here on the Canadian Developer Connection tomorrow. Links Announced today: Windows 8 officially RTM'd Save the date: Windows 8 General Availability - October 26, 2012 Windows...
  • Blog Post: On the Next D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE: App Experiences

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | 12:00 PM ET | Add to Outlook >> Great apps have a special ingredient to them that make them great – the experience of the app itself. Paul Laberge comes back to D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE for a chat on what it takes to create great, but more importantly, consistent,...
  • Blog Post: Tell Me The Truth

    You may already know these fine folks. If you don’t, let me take this opportunity to introduce to you the people (there are a couple of folks that aren’t in the picture – they weren’t able to make it on that day) that bring you the online and offline developer programs that you...
  • Blog Post: Hello, World!

    Greetings and salutations. I’m Jonathan – the newest member of the Canadian DPE team , writing to introduce myself to you. For as long as I can remember, I have been checking Microsoft Careers to give me something to target my career towards. I’d read through job postings for various...
  • Blog Post: Register NOW for the Ignite Your Career Webcast Series!

    Register NOW for the Ignite Your Career: Technical Professional Webcast Series ! What is this? An awesome, 4-part webcast series designed to support your career development by having a panel of industry experts answer YOUR questions. When is this? Thursdays from September 10, 2009 to October 1, 2009...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Microsoft Web Platform

    A common complaint that I hear from people who build web solutions is that when they try to start building web solutions on the Microsoft Platform, they hit a wall because of 2 things: There is so much information they don’t even know where to start. There is no consolidated set of resources...
  • Blog Post: Farewell...

    It's with a touch of sadness that I'm announcing that I'll be leaving the Developer Advisor team here at Microsoft Canada ( as foreshadowed in the previous video ). This is going to be an exciting opportunity as I'll be moving on to a new role in Redmond, representing and supporting developers worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Designing Websites with Web Standards Using Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

    For the past 12 years, I've been building websites and working with different Web technologies. I'd have to say that one of the most frustrating experiences (and the most time consuming) has been to get content to render correctly in all browsers. As a result, I'm a really strong advocate of Web standards...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2008: Introducing Team RoboTree

    Team Robotree includes Dan Tran (left), Media Ridha (bottom centre) taken just before Drake Birmann (top centre), and Ryan Morrison (right) left for tree planting in Northern Ontario for the summer. The students are from Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario . They are one of the six...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2008: Introducing Team GreeNet

    Team GreeNet includes Jin Fan and Kevin Muise from School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University , BC. Another team called EcoLid from SFU also competed in the Imagine Cup competition - you can read more about the entry on the CanUX blog via my colleague Qixing Zheng . Team...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Laptop To Energize IT!

    On Saturday, May 24 - the developer breakout tracks will explode with a combination of Grok Talks , presentations on online services and many other surprises. Bring your laptop as there will be an opportunity to show off your skills and participate in the Visual Studio 2008 install fest. Requirements...
  • Blog Post: Energize IT: Wild About Services

    Have you seen cool services like Windows Live, FaceBook, Twitter and Amazon? Did you know that you can build amazing applications using these services? In this track, you’ll get the lowdown on the fundamentals of services, how they work, and clarifying some of the myths and acronyms. Then, you’ll discover...
  • Blog Post: DevTeach Toronto 2008

    DevTeach Toronto is fast approaching, and features a number of world class speakers including Micorosft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and Regional Directors: There are a number of reasons why you should attend the event. Here's a few to start: Keynote by Scott Hanselman, Microsoft Scott Hanselman...
  • Blog Post: Canadian Heroes Community Launch

    Over the next several months Technical communities around the world are hosting Community Launch events focusing on technical dives of Microsoft Windows Server 2008™, Visual Studio 2008™, and SQL Server 2008™. Community leaders have been trained directly from Microsoft and empowered to host technical...
  • Blog Post: Get Support From The VSTS Product Team

    Do you have a pressing issue or do you have any questions about Team System? Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Blue Sky from Microsoft Canada

    There are a lot of Canadian tech companies working on innovative applications. Sadly, there is so much information and noise from blogs and other media sources that inspiring stories are often missed. Does this sound familiar? If you are working on an innovative application or service, the BlueSky...
  • Blog Post: What skills are major game development companies looking for?

    Are you interested in or thinking about entering the job market as a game developer? I recently attended the Academic Days on Game Development in Computer Science Education Conference which provided some interesting facts. At the conference, Electronic Arts , Blizzard , Bungie and Garage Games revealed...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection Resources

    As part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/ SQL Server 2008/Visual Studio 2008 Launch events , we are visiting 14 cities across Canada conducting workshops featuring “learning circles” on the following key industry relevant topics: Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry Application Lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Cool Offer and Information for Canadian Web Designers

    If you use FrontPage (or you know someone who uses FrontPage) - we have good news for you if you are considering upgrading your toolset. Expression Web provides a really solid Web authoring tool to create and maintain sites based on standards-compliant code. I have a non-technical friend (a theatre producer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live SkyDrive in Canada!

    Windows Live SkyDrive is now available in Canada and will provide you up to 5 GB of free storage space! Do you have problems carrying large files around or maybe source code (or other assets)? Then I'd recommend that you look at this solution. It's a great alternative to a USB key - no matter where you...
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